The Eastfield Program
The Child Development/Teacher Education department at Eastfield College provides knowledge in the fields of education and child development. Courses offered are based on specific competencies that have been identified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Education Agency, employers and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Students learn through hands-on activities and observation in the college classroom, the Eastfield lab school, public schools and child care facilities. Associate degrees require successful completion of all parts of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Program as measured by a TSI approved exam.
Eastfield College offers two programs in Child Development: a two-year associate degree program as Child Development Associate and two one-year certificate programs: Administrative and Teaching Careers. The associate degree program provides an in-depth study of early childhood development, while the one-year certificate programs are designed to provide focused training necessary for working with young children.
The on-campus Children's Laboratory School, which provides care for children through age five, serves needs of both the college and community while providing a practicum for Child Development students. The center's developmental program incorporates a family-oriented philosophy in a multi-age setting. The Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Center also provides low cost evening child care services for students while they attend classes. In the evening, the ages in care start with children who are 12 months old through school-age children from six through twelve years old.
The department offers several choices for students. A Child Development student may start by preparing for a nationally awarded Child Development Associate Credential, move on to earn one of five specialized certificates and then apply completed courses toward an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Child Development.
As high quality child care programs are increasingly demanded by the community, there are numerous programs which offer job opportunities for working with young children. Trained professionals are needed in day care centers, federal agencies, public and private schools, churches, hospitals, and programs sponsored by business and industry.
A student seeking a State of Texas teaching certificate may earn an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) before moving on to a university to complete their training to earn an bachelor's degree.
A.A.S. Degree Requirements
The Associate of Applied Sciences in Child Development prepares students for careers with young children. Graduates include: head start teachers, directors, teacher aides, family advocates, parent educators, child specialists, and caseworkers. Course topics include: 16 courses in Child Development, English, Math, Government, Speech, Education and Humanities.
Certificate and Awards
Eastfield College offers two certificates that do not require successful completion of all sections of the TSI program. In order to pursue the two certificates, a student must pass the reading and writing sections of a TSI approved exam or complete the developmental course sequence for reading and writing.
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The Teacher Center, which is located in the K building, provides support to Child Development and Teacher Education students.
Eastfields open admission policy allows anyone who is 18 years or older and a high school graduate, or whose high school class has graduated, to gain admission to the college. A completed application form and high school transcripts are required; official transcripts of all previous college work attempted are required of college transfers. Tuition is based on a sliding scale according to the students county of residence and number of courses taken.
For complete enrollment information, including tuition, degree requirements, assessment tests, and the Texas Skills Initiative (TSI), , please consult the current college catalog. Call the Admissions Office, 972-860-7100, for more information.
Financial aid in the form of grants, loans and scholarships is available through Eastfield Colleges Financial Aid office (C237), 972-860-7188. Apply for financial aid at least two months prior to registration.
The Eastfield College Child Development/Early Childhood degree program is accredited by the Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA) commission of the National Association of the Education of young Children (NAEYC). http://www.naeyc.org/ecada/