Child Development

Division for Business and Technology

Degree Plans:
055 Associate of Arts
012 Associate of Applied Science
048 Child Development COM
065 Child Development Director’s Certificate
066 Child Development Infant-Toddler

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You can access CASC’s online course catalog which includes details on Carl Albert State College child development degree requirements and child development class descriptions.

Child Development Degrees at Carl Albert State College

Carl Albert State College offers students six programs in child development all online:

* Child Development Associate Credential (CDA).  Widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in early childhood education.  The national CDA Credential is awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition to child care professionals who have successfully completed the CDA assessment process.

* Certificate of Mastery in Child Development. This 18-hour program prepares individuals for entry-level jobs as teacher assistants in early childhood programs. In fact, this program exceeds the training requirements for the national competency-based Child Development Associate credential – which means you would have an advantage when first applying for jobs at childcare facilities, hospitals, and more.

*Child Development Infant/Toddler Certificate.  This 24-hour program prepares individuals who desire to enhance their credentials for working in a child care facility with infants and toddlers.

* Director’s Certificate of Completion in Child Development.  This 24-hour program prepares individuals who desire to enhance their credentials for working in a child care facility as a lead teacher, senior staff or assistant director.

* Associate of Applied Science in Child Development. This 63-hour program is for students who want to work immediately after graduation. Students with this degree are prepared to work in early childhood programs in a variety of positions.

* Associate of Arts in Child Development. This 62-64 hour program is the best program for you if you’re planning to transfer your degree to a four-year college or university. Students who transfer can work toward degrees in child development and family studies, child development and early childhood education.

Transferring to a Four- Year Institution

Carl Albert has a transfer agreement with Southeastern Oklahoma State University from the AA degree in Child Development to Bachelor of Science in Early Intervention and Childhood Development.

Program Opportunities

Completion of our child development programs prepares graduates for jobs such as Early Head Start and Head Start teacher assistant, preschool teacher assistant, parent educator, family support professional, child care facility administrator and state agency employee.

Contact Information

For more information contact Renay Lewis, Child Development Advisor.

Renay Lewis
Child Development Instructor
Health Science Center HSC 703
(918) 647-1251

W.L. (Bill) Gann, Division Chair
F.L. Holton Business Center BC835G
(918) 647-1215

Scholars for Excellence in Child Care

Scholarships for Child Care Professionals

What is the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care program?

Scholars for Excellence in Child Care is a statewide scholarship program that provides support services, tuition and book assistance for child care providers.

*The following Scholarship options are offered at Carl Albert State College:

*Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

*Certificate of Mastery (CoM)

*Infant/Toddler Certificate of Mastery (ITCoM)

*School-Age Certificate of Completion (SACoC)

*Director’s Certificate of Completion (DCoC)

*Associate Degree

With the Scholars program, you can:
*Get free books.
*Pay only 20 percent of the tuition costs.
*Earn Pell Grants for additional aid, if qualified.

*Get a one-time educational stipend in the amount of six hundred dollars for completing a Certificate of Mastery, or an Infant-Toddler Certificate of Mastery, or a Director’s Certificate of Mastery.

Scholarship Eligibility
To qualify for the Scholars program, child care providers must:
*Work in a one-star plus or higher Department of Human Services (DHS)-licensed or military-monitored or tribal-monitored child care facility.
*The facility must have a minimum of 10% DHS and/or tribal subsidy enrollment.
*Work as a teacher, family child care provider or director at least 30 hours per week, earning $15.50 or less per hour.
*Be employed at a child care facility at least six months before beginning course work.
*Once approved, be on a child development plan of study.

Scholars Program Support and Assistance
The Scholars program promotes scholar success by empowering scholars to take responsibility for achieving their academic and professional goals.

Scholar coordinator:
*Provide support services and technical assistance.
*Help scholars navigate through the entire process, from the application for the scholarship, admissions and financial aid to credential completion.
*Provide academic and career advisement to ensure scholars’ success.
*Provide guidance in exploring scholars’ credential options to ensure compatibility with educational and professional goals.

For more information contact Verna Corley, Scholar Coordinator.

Contact Information

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 Verna Corley, Scholar Coordinator
(918) 647-1252

Health Sciences Center HSC 705

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