Get Started in Child Development/Early Childhood Education

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor.


Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.​​

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

Eastfield’s on-site Children’s Lab School in its Center for Child and Family Studies is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Child Development/Early Childhood Education degrees and certificates require cooperative education, practicums and internships that can be done at your work site or at the Children's Laboratory School at Eastfield College.

Related Programs

Check out other programs at the colleges of DCCCD in Nursing and Health CareManagement and Business Administration or Law and Public Safety.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Faculty Profiles

Child Development/Early Childhood Education faculty have advanced degrees and real-world experience working with children, teachers and administrators in a variety of settings.

They will work closely with you all through your study program, helping you to relate your education to the challenges you face or will encounter in a child-oriented workplace. See profiles of some of our faculty.

Transfer Information

Many of the courses and programs are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

The colleges of DCCCD also offer several Teacher Education (Associate of Arts in Teaching) degrees that can be transferred to a four-year university's College of Education. See Education Courses and Teaching Degrees.

Links to Additional Information

See links to education-related resources.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us with your questions about the Child Development/Early Childhood Education program.