Child Development

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The nationally-accredited JSCC Child Development program seeks to provide students with a well-rounded, specialized, quality education in order to excel professionally with the knowledge and professional skills needed to teach and work effectively with young children and families. Program Brochure

Rebecca Wiggins Graduate 2020 Page ImageGraduates may be employed as educarers (teachers of young children) in private and not-for-profit early care and education programs such as child care; as teachers in the growing state Pre-K program; administrators in child care programs; professionals in before- and afterschool programs; or as aides in public school systems (super associate degree for public school aides). The Child Development program also offers a professional certificate and advanced certificate designed to provide incremental steps of professional recognition leading towards an associate degree.

Jefferson State is the first Child Development program in Alabama. For over 45 years, Jefferson State has been offering the study of young children Birth to Age Five, the most formative time in a human’s life confirmed by years of research. Jefferson State is the first Early Childhood Associate Degree Accredited program in the state. JSCC CDP has also lead in offering unique programs of study for concentrations in Educarer, Administrator, and Aftershool. JSCC CDP continued to be on the cutting edge with a variety of learning opportunities such as: evening, early morning, hybrid (half online and half in class), on-site, and full online courses. We continue to seek ways to best meet the needs of students.

With the implementation of the Alabama’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), education in the earliest childhood field of study helps improve programs’ star ratings. So consider Jefferson State as your educational option for learning and growing in this all important field of study.

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