Program Information

Students are Encouraged to Check with a Child Development Advisor

The major courses are offered once a year at alternating campuses, Jefferson and Shelby and fully online. A mixture of general and major courses is recommended for a balanced, semester course load beginning with English and Math general studies. Full-time students can complete this associate degree in two years.

Child Development courses are offered in the following three format choices on a rotating basis:  full semester online, compact (half semester) online, and hybrid. A hybrid course is half on-line and half in-class. All students should have computer access. Child development courses may also be offered in a traditional class format.

Each Child Development course more than meets the required training hours of the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) Minimum Standards and covers the six topic areas identified by the Department: 1) Child Growth and Development, 2) Professional Development, 3) Learning Activities, 4) Positive Guidance, 5) Working with Families, and 6) Health and Safety procedures, as well as providing college course credit.

Our program is designed for Educarers (teachers) and Directors/Owners working with young children – birth to age five – and in “Afterschool” Programs.

Important To Note When Considering This Program

Field Experience is important! Students put into practice what is being learned. Students are required in all Child Development courses to participate in field experience assignments involving visitations to and/or work in child care/after school facilities. In order to participate in field experience opportunities, students must meet state DHR licensing requirements, such as criminal history background check, health check, etc.

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 Special Program Requirements

Individuals working in licensed programs are required by the Department of Human Resources meet certain professional requirements. It is therefore, required by this program for students entering this program and professional field of study to have or be in the process of meeting DHR requirements.

Alabama Act 200-775 requires criminal history check on all current and prospective early care and education teachers, directors, and any additional staff working with young children such as program volunteers. As a result, students entering this program are expected to undergo the required checks including but not limited to background and health checks as required by law. For more information contact the  Alabama Department of Human Resources at (334) 242-1425.

To access a list of the requirements from Alabama DHR, go to Alabama Minimum Standards for Licensing Child Care Centers –  Staff Qualifications and Records – Pages 38-53.

To access required Criminal History Background check information click  here.

To access required Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry (CAN check) information click  here.