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.