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About the Child Development/Early Childhood Education Program

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor.

Special Requirements

There are no special requirements to enter the Child Development/Early Childhood Education program, except for the colleges of DCCCD's requirements for the Texas Success Initiative where applicable for the Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) or Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degrees.

The Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree may be completed at any of the seven colleges of DCCCD.


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.​​

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

Get detailed information about the courses required for:

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

The Brookhaven College CDEC program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Early Childhood Higher Education Programs.

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 in lab facilities of a DCCCD college which offers the program.

Related Programs

Check out other programs in Management 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 not only have advanced degrees; they also have 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.

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.