Child Development

Career facts

Child Development LabThe Associate in Arts degree program in Child Development has been developed to prepare a person to work in the childcare field. Any valid CDA will substitute for 6 CD credits, CD 1023 and CD 1053.  The program provides for the understanding of the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social development of infants through pre-school age, preparing students in the design and implementation of developmentally appropriate curriculum, as well as communication, teaching, and guidance.


In addition to the general education requirements, Child Development students focus on early care and education courses; Child Health, Safety, & Nutrition; and Infant/Toddler & Preschool Programming.  Elective options include Music, Special Needs, Child Development, and Administration of Child Care Programs. Our CD courses can be used to apply for the CDA.  We also offer two certificates, Certificate of Mastery in Child Development and Certificate of Administration of Child Care Programs.  All coursework for the certificates are part of the Associates in Arts degree.

Studies and research in brain development, children and family health practices, children’s safety, children’s nutrition, classroom and behavior management, and family and societal cultures within the field of early care and education is continually changing. At Northern Oklahoma College we strive to provide the most current course content to our students. Because of this prior core coursework must have been taken within the last ten years. Students may provide coursework, course syllabi, textbooks, etc., to NOC for consideration of exemptions to this policy. For in-state institutions contributing to the state transfer matrix, course equivalency is determined by that matrix. (

 Child Development Lab


Child care worker
Head Start teacher
Child care assistant

Who is a good fit?

Students should enjoy being with young children. Have you worked with children part-time in the summer, during internships, or volunteered for child care with schools, hospitals, camps, or church? Students should plan to obtain certification in CPR, safety, and first aid for adults, children, and infants. Students are recommended to develop interest and gain experience in computers, arts, crafts, music, or physical activity.
Child Development Lab

2016-2025 OK labor market projections

Child, Family, and School Social Workers – Bachelor’s Degree
Median Salary - $16.05/hr.
Growth – 8%
10 year change in jobs – 483

Childcare Workers – High School Diploma
Median Salary - $8.17/hr.
Growth – (-9%)
10 year change in jobs – (-1157)

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program – Bachelor’s Degree
Median Salary - $16.18/hr.
Growth – 1%
10 year change in jobs – 12