Child Development/Early Childhood Education

Do you enjoy being around children? Would you like to make a meaningful impact on their lives? A career in Child Development/Early Childhood Education could be just right for you. It’s a career opportunity with jobs in a wide variety of settings!

Child Development At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Child Development jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

Courses are useful for anyone dealing with young children, including:

  • Teachers and teaching assistants
  • Childcare providers
  • Parents

The program is tailored for busy people and working professionals with:

  • Class times that include days, evenings and weekends
  • Distance Learning via Internet and television classes
  • Off-campus classes
  • Individual attention in small classes

Why Is This a Good Career Bet? 

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth increase through 2024 in Texas of 21% for childcare workers, 23% for preschool teachers and 24% for teacher assistants.  

See more about careers in Child Development/Early Childhood Education. 

Certificates and Degrees in Child Development/Early Childhood Education

Brookhaven and Eastfield colleges

Among the colleges of DCCCD, the Child Development/Early Childhood Education program is offered at Brookhaven and Eastfield Colleges. See all certificates and degrees in Child Development/Early Childhood Education.

The colleges of DCCCD also offer several Teacher Education (Associate of Arts in Teaching) degrees that can be transferred to a four-year university's College of Education. See Education Courses and Teaching Degrees.

HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit

​The Brookhaven College CDEC program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Early Childhood Higher Education Programs. View the outcome report describing student success data.