Child Development and Education

Associate Degree. Transfer. Certificate.

About the program:

The program focuses on the practical application of current theory and knowledge in the field of early childhood research and education. Students learn through the college classroom as well as field experiences in both the public school classroom and  the nationally accredited Kilgore College Early Childhood Center under the supervision of model early childhood teachers.  All courses are based on specific competencies that have been identified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, employers, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Degrees/Certificates offered:

Students in the program may choose to follow one of three career paths (pdf).  The department offers an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, four (4) certificates and an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree, which leads to public school teacher certification.

Course information:

KC Early Childhood Center

Mission Statement, Purpose and Philosophy

Mission Statement: Kilgore College Early Childhood Center provides a learning environment to meet the needs of children as well as adults. In order to meet these needs, children are offered a nurturing environment and a curriculum that develops the whole child physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. College students and community members are given the opportunity to observe children, teachers, and the environment in preparation for a career in Early Childhood Education.

Purpose and Philosophy: The Kilgore College Early Childhood Center strives to be a model of excellence in early childhood care and education. The center serves as a training laboratory for students preparing for careers in the early childhood professions while providing services to young children and their families. We believe that the early childhood years are the most important years of a person’s life. During the years from birth to about age seven, most of a child’s personality, cognitive ability, language proficiency, and social skills are well established. Participation in a quality early childhood program enhances a child’s development in each of these areas. Indeed, research has shown that children who participate in such quality programs have cognitive, language, and social skills beyond those children who do not have such an opportunity. 

We believe that young children learn through active participation. As children interact with a well-planned and developmentally appropriate environment under the guidance of trained teachers, they “create” knowledge. We view children as active rather than passive learners. We follow the “cognitively-oriented” curriculum framework of the High/Scope Foundation. We feel our center must serve the child as well as the family. Families are the first and most important educators of children. We see each child and family as unique; therefore, we strive to meet individual needs in a respectful manner.  We believe that those we serve at the Early Childhood Center deserve 100% of each employee. Each employee should strive for excellence in her or his work and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.

Curriculum

Our curriculum, High/Scope Approach to Preschool Education, features a variety of enriching experiences to match each child's developmental needs. All experiences will emphasize the child's need to have an active role in planning, participation, and evaluation. The High/Scope teacher creates an "active-learning" environment within the classroom.

Activities are based upon child development principles as outlined in the "key experiences," as well as the interests and abilities of the children. The "key experiences" are organized into domains of creative representation, language and literacy, social relations and initiative, movement, music, classification, serration, number, space, and time. A total of 54 "key experiences" are addressed within these categories. Each day the children will have the opportunity to participate in individual, small group, and large group activities. Our classrooms are organized into work areas which feature "hands-on" materials that stimulate children's learning.

Each day our teachers present planned learning experiences for small groups, as well as the whole class. Every part of the child's day is important. Outdoor play, snacks and meals, rest time and field trips are considered a part of the "active learning" curriculum.

Tuition, Fees and Enrollment Information

For Information regarting tuition and fees, please contact the center at (903) 983-8293 or Janet Baxter at jbaxter@kilgore.edu.

Enrollment Information:

Kilgore College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. If you are interested in enrolling your child, please contact the Kilgore College Early Childhood Center at (903) 983-8293. We encourage interested parents to schedule a guided tour of the center. Our center is located on the Kilgore College campus. Our mailing address is 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, TX 75662.

Family Involvement

We value each family at the Early Childhood Center! Families are invited to participate in all aspects of the program and may visit the school at any time. Strong efforts are made to develop a sense of community throughout the school.

Opportunities for involvement include:

  • Having lunch with your child
  • Parent/teacher conferences two times per year
  • Volunteering in the classroom(s)/office
  • Joining the Family Involvement Committee
  • Family friendly activities such as Thanksgiving Feast and Spring Picnic
  • Fundraising  
Helpful Links

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: This site has information about Child Care Licensing in the state of Texas. From this site, you can access the Minimum Standards for Child Care as well as search for child care.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children: NAEYC is the largest professional organization for Early Childhood Professionals. You can use this site to find information about NAEYC Accreditation and search for accredited programs.

High/Scope Educational Research Foundation: High/Scope is the curriculum framework used at the Kilgore College Early Childhood Center. By following the links “About Us”, “All about High/Scope – FAQs” you can find information about the curriculum framework.

Texas Department of State Health Services: This site contains information about immunizations required for children, adolescents, and adults in the state of Texas.

Head Start: The Head Start website has information about the Head Start Program including services offered and frequently asked questions.

American Academy of Pediatrics: This link will take you to the Parenting Corner of the AAP website. From this site, you can search topics of interest including childhood illnesses and social/emotional issues facing children.

Public Broadcast System (PBS): This site has information for parents as well as games and activities for children.

Scholastic for Parents: This is a commercial site but it contains some excellent resources for parents including recommended reading for specific age groups and ways to encourage your child’s love of reading.

Parent & Child Magazine: Raising readers and learners.

FAQ - About the Child Development and Education Program

Should I take my classes online?

You need to carefully consider whether or not online classes are appropriate for you. Online students must complete the same course requirements as those students who take regular classes. To be a successful online student, you must have self-discipline and organizational skills to keep up with the work. Also, you need to be sure you have access to and knowledge of the technology necessary to successfully complete an online course. Not sure if you are ready? Take this quiz to help you decide.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Depending on the number of hours taken each semester, certificates can be completed in a fall/spring semester and the associate degrees can be completed in two fall and two spring semesters.

What is the job outlook for graduates?

They work with children between birth and 8 years old, including professions such as teachers or aides, family day home providers, program directors or owners and caseworkers.

What kind of salary can graduates expect?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national median salary for Child Development is around $21,000.  Local salaries will vary. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average salary for a certified teacher in Texas is $48,110. Salaries will vary by school district.

What do graduates of the program do?

Depending on the degree or certificate(s) obtained, graduates may work with children and families in professions such as teachers, teacher aides, family day home providers, program directors, child care directors or owners and caseworkers. Career Pathways Link

Will I get to interact with children?

Yes! Most all classes in the Child Development and Education Department have observation requirements. These are observations you will do in addition to your scheduled course meeting time. These requirements range from 16-30 hours, per course, per semester.Some observations are done in public school settings while others are done at the Kilgore College Early Childhood Center or other licensed child care facilities.

What is the best time to do my observations?

Mornings are usually optimal for completing observations. At most public schools and child care programs, mornings are the most structured and focused time of the day.

Will I have to complete a Criminal History Background Check?

Yes. You will have to complete a criminal history background check prior to completing any observations.

Will my classes transfer to four-year universities?

Yes! The Associate of Arts in Teaching is fully transferable to any state-supported university in Texas. The Associate of Applied Science is transferable to select universities.

For information about Child Development and Education:

Janet Baxter
Support Specialist
Child Development and Education
Phone:
(903) 983-8293
Office:
Early Childhood Center
Fax:
(903) 983-8653
Lara Pauley
Program Coordinator, Instructor
Child Development and Education
Phone:
(903) 983-8292
Office:
Early Childhood Center
Fax:
(903) 983-8653
Katie Moses
Director, KC Early Childhood Center
Instructor, Child Devel. and Education
Phone:
(903) 988-3793
Office:
Early Childhood Center
Fax:
(903) 983-8653