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 skills and knowledge needed to work effectively with young children and families. Graduates 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 state pre-kindergarten 4 (currently being piloted), administrators in child care programs, professionals in before- and afterschool programs, or as aides in public school systems. Additionally the Child Development program offers a professional certificate designed to provide an incremental step of skill recognition.
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: Child Growth and Development, Professional Development, Learning Activities, Positive Guidance, Working with Families, and a Health and Safety procedures, as well as providing a college credit course.
Our program is designed for those professionals working with children - birth to age five - and in “Afterschool” Programs.
Child Development Degree
Students are encouraged to check with a Child Development advisor. The major courses are offered once a year at alternating campuses, Jefferson and Shelby. 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.
Most child development courses are offered in a hybrid format. A hybrid course is half on-line and half in-class. Therefore students taking a hybrid should have computer access. Child development courses may also be offered in a traditional class format.
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.
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.