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.
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CASC Offers 6 Online Programs in Child Development
Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
This program is a 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. This program exceeds the training requirements for the national competency-based Child Development Associate credential – providing you with an advantage when 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.
Carl Albert State College 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.
Scholars for Excellence in Child Care
The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care is a statewide scholarship program that provides support services, tuition and book assistance for child care providers.The program promotes scholar success by empowering scholars to take responsibility for achieving their academic and professional goals.
With the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care program, you can:
- Get free books
- Pay only 10 percent of the tuition costs
- Earn Pell Grants for additional aid, if qualified
- Get a stipend in the amount of eight hundred dollars for completing a Certificate of Mastery, or an Infant-Toddler Certificate of Mastery and a stipend in the amount of 1500 dollars for completing an Associate of Arts in Child Development.
To qualify for the Scholars program, child care providers must:
Be employed at a licensed child care facility at least six months before beginning coursework.
Be employed in a one-start plus or above, DHS-licensed, military-monitored, or tribal-monitored child care facility.
Be employed as a teacher or family child care provider (caring for children other than my own) working at least 30 hours per week earning $15.50 or less per hour.
Be employed as an assistant director or director working at least 30 hours per week earning $20.00 or less per hour.
Agree to be on a child development or early childhood education plan of study.
- Provides support services and technical assistance.
- Helps scholars navigate through the entire process, from the application for the scholarship, admissions and financial aid to credential completion.
- Provides academic and career advisement to ensure scholars’ success.
- Provides guidance in exploring scholars’ credential options to ensure compatibility with educational and professional goals.