Child Development, Associate of Applied Science

Child Development 

Associate of Applied Science


The faculty and staff of the Child Development Program and the Workforce Education Division at Laredo College would like to welcome you! As you work towards realizing the aspirations that you have set for yourself, remember that we are here to assist you. Our desire is for you to be successful in all your endeavors. As you embark on a journey that will lead to a career as a Child Care Provider, you will discover that it is a vocation that is equally challenging and gratifying. You wll learn that the Child Development Educator must adhere to high standards and ethics while providing high quality child care. It is through your education and training as a Child Development Program (CD) students that these attributes will be formed. Consequently, these principles will develop into th code by which every individual in the child care profession abides in delivering high quality child care. 
The mission of the Child Development Program is being committed to transforming students' lives by providing instruction that fulfills the needs of preparing well qualified child care educator of young children for the community with a learner-centered education.
The Child Development program is designed for persons who want a challenging and rewarding career in educating and caring for young children. Through the development of practical skills, knowledge of theory, and a nurturing attitude, students learn to be quality child care providers for children. In response to community demand for qualified child care providers, the Child Development program at Laredo College addresses student competencies and standards for early childhood programs developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), State Board for Educator's Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilty Standards, and The Child Development National Credential Program. 


The Child Development Program provides teacher training through a variety of courses. It requires students to spend a major part of their credit-hour time working with young children in various early childhood programs. In addition, it has expanded the role of the CDP in Laredo and the surrounding communities by offering online courses. 

Laredo College offers two levels of study: a two-year Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) degree in Child Development and a one-year Child Development Assistant Certificate. Both are based on the principal that quality care makes a positive difference in the lives of children and their families. Instruction is centered on lecture, lab, internship, and field experience courses, which offer direct experience in a variety of settings.

Contact Information

Child Development Program

Academic & Advanced Technology Building Room C109

5500 South Zapata HWY

Laredo, Texas 78046


Plan of Study

Recommended Course Sequence Semesters Offered Credit Hours
Semester 1
CDEC 1358 - Creative Arts for Early Childhood Fall 3
TECA 1311 - Educating Young Children Fall 3
CDEC 1313 - Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs Fall 3
TECA 1354 - Child Growth and Development Fall 3
CDEC 1359 - Children with Special Needs Fall 3
15 Hours
Semester 2
TECA 1318 – Wellness of the Young Child Spring 3
CDEC 1356 – Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood Spring 3
CDEC 1319 – Child Guidance1 Spring 3
CDEC 2187 – Internship – Child Care Provider/Assistant1 Spring 1
CDEC 1321 – The Infant and Toddler Spring 3
TECA 1303 – Families, School & Community Spring 3
16 Hours
Summer Session
ENGL 1301 – Composition I Fall, Spring 3
3 Hours
Semester 3
ENGL 1302 – Composition II Fall, Spring 3
CDEC 2307 – Math and Science for Early Childhood1 Fall 3
CDEC 2326 – Administration of Programs for Children I Fall 3
CDEC 2188– Internship – Child Care Provider/Assistant1 Fall 1
Elective – Social or Behavioral Sciences2 Fall, Spring 3
13 Hours
Semester 4
Elective – Math or Natural Sciences3 Fall, Spring 3
CDEC 2328 – Administration of Programs for Children II Spring 3
CDEC 2486– Internship – Child Care Provider/ Assistant4 Spring 4
Elective – Language Philosophy & Culture5 Fall, Spring 3
13 Hours

1Corequisites:CDEC 1319 & CDEC 2187; and CDEC 2307 & CDEC 2188.

2Social & Behavioral Science: Course must be selected from a SBS core course.

3Math: Course may be selected from a college level math core course or Science: Course may be selected from a core course from life or physical science.

4Capstone Experience: CDEC 2486 is a course taught in the last semester. The learning experiences in this course result in a consolidation of a student's educational experience.

5Language, Philosophy & Culture: course may be selected from ENGL 2322, 2323, 2326, 2327,2328, 2332,2333, or 2351.

Note: All Child Development courses require a grade of "C" or better.

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