As part of this curriculum plan, students complete the application and assessment process for the Child Development Associate National Credential administered by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. The program provides an introduction to the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of infants and young children. Courses address the CDA competencies and functional areas designed to prepare students for positions in either early childhood or infant-toddler or family child care programs. The Council has approved this CDA instructional program. Students must have completed 480 hours of experience working with children within the past 3 years to apply for the CDA Credential. Students who achieve a grade of “C” or better in these courses may apply the credits toward any TCC Child Development Associate in Applied Science degree as controlled electives. See the TCC Child Development Associate in Science degrees for credits that may be applied toward university transfer degrees.
Note: Tulsa Community College’s Child Development Academic Program requires that all child development students enrolling in a child development laboratory course obtain a criminal background check at their own expense. Students must fill out and submit a Background Student Information Form along with Background Check Consent Form to the West Campus Child Development Office (L 144).
Note: Persons convicted of a crime should check with the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services Child Care Licensing Unit prior to enrollment in this program.
Workforce Development Degree Information
Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.