Program Brochure Information - CHD

Students are Encouraged to Check with a Child Development Advisor

The Child Development major courses are offered every semester and taught online. A mixture of general and major courses is recommended for a balanced, semester course load beginning with English and Math in general studies. Full-time students can complete this associate degree in two years.

All Child Development courses require a minimum of 20 hours of field experiences and observations in a licensed child development facility or program. If a student is employed in a licensed facility, accredited facility, or Alabama First Class Pre-K program, the student may complete their field experience hours within that place of employment. For degree seeking students, a teaching practicum or internship is required, in a licensed facility, accredited facility, or Alabama First Class Pre-K program in addition to the field experience hours. If a student is employed in one of these facilities or programs already, a portion of the teaching practicum may be completed within that program with the remaining portion of the practicum to be completed in a facility selected by the JSCC Child Development program coordinator. Additional details are given once the practicum begins.

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 Childcare and Licensing Performance Standards for Daycare Centers and Nighttime Centers pages 67-95. DHR Centers Child Care Licensing and Performance Standards 2021

To access required Criminal History Background check information click  here.

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

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Center for Professional, Career, & Technical Education – Child Development Program

SACSCOC Stamp Color 1Welcome to the Early Care and Education Field!

The Jefferson State Child Development Associate Degree program (CDP) is the first accredited program in Alabama under The National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). For over 45 years, JSCC CDP continues to be on the cutting edge providing an online program with live classrooms offered in present time and recorded to accommodate every student. Current and prospective students are able to complete their education and career goals with flexibility and ongoing support through various forms of technology while also receiving education that aligns with the NAEYC standards and Alabama Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Consider JSCC CDP for your education and career goals in the field that is the foundation for every child.

Choose From Three Associate Degree Tracks Or Certificate Programs

  • Educarer (Teacher)
  • Administrative (Director)
  • Afterschool Degree Track

Career opportunities serving in child development for all tracks include but are not limited to: Teacher,  Assistant/Auxiliary, Teacher (Including Al. First Class Pre-K), Director, Assistant Director, Early Childhood Specialist, Early Childhood Coach, Professional Development Coach or Trainer, Public School Paraprofessionals

Or Complete The Child Development Associate (Cda) Credential Educational Component

CHD 100, CHD 204/209, and CHD 206Additional steps are required by the CDA Council for Professional Recognition to receive the credential.

Financial/Scholarship Assistance

  • T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship – (licensed programs only) (334) 271-0304
  • Leadership Scholarship – (Licensed, Exempt and Afterschool programs) (334) 293-4552
  • Federal Assistance – Jefferson State Community College Office of Financial Aid (205) 856-8509

Contact Information

Dr. Cindy Shackelford
Chair/Program Coordinator
[email protected]

Heather Seagle
[email protected]

Jefferson State Community College
2601 Carson Road
Birmingham, AL 35215
(205) 856-6047
(205) 856-7821