Child Development / Early Childhood Studies

San Jacinto College’s child development program is designed for students who want to have a profound, positive effect on society through our children. Our program is designed to develop basic skills, attitudes, and competencies necessary for personnel to provide high-quality care in a variety of early childhood programs in Southeast Houston, Pasadena and the greater Houston area.

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AAS Degree

This Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree provides offers the knowledge and technical skills you need to enter the child development profession and serves as a launching pad to a four-year bachelor’s degree program in education.
•    Associate of Applied Science – Child Development/Early Childhood Education


Learn more about the Child Development and Early Childhood Studies program at San Jacinto College.

Central Campus Program

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Development at San Jacinto College-Central is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  The accreditation term runs from March 2021 through March 2023. 



The conceptual framework of the San Jacinto College-Central Child Development and Education department is designed to expand San Jacinto College's commitment to student success.  Our framework consists of four components which include professionalism, diversity and equity, knowledge and skills, and community partnerships.  These four components are aligned with the NAEYC standards and the San Jacinto College values and integrated into the curriculum and experiences that students are exposed to in their degree pathways.

Number of Program Completers
Academic Year Number of program completers % of program completers who were attending full-time (at the time of completion) % of program completers who were attending part-time (at the time of completion)
2018-2019 4 0% 100%
2017-2018 5 0% 100%
2016-2017 2 0% 100%


Program Completion Rate for the A.A.S in Child Development/ Early Childhood Education

Academic year in which a Fall cohort of full-time candidates enrolled in the program

Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe (2 years) Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 200% (twice) of the published timeframe
2017-2018 21.4% N/A - Data not collected yet
2016-2017 11.1% 11.1%
2015-16 14.3% 14.3%


Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate in the Program
Academic Year % of Part-time candidates enrolled in the program Retention rate among part-time candidates % of Full-time candidates in the program Retention rate among full-time candidates Retention rate among part-time and full-time candidates
2018-2019 77% 93% 23% 79% 89.9%
2017-2018 78% 88% 22% 78% 86%
2016-2017 75% 92% 25% 91% 91.8%