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At Enterprise State Community College, the Child Development program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of childcare facilities.

For those who are already working with young children, ESCC’s Child Development program provides an opportunity for them to upgrade their skills and competencies. ESCC offers students a variety of options for them to choose from. Students can choose from any of three short-term certificates, a long-term certificate, or even an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Enterprise State Community College has articulation agreements with Athen’s State University’s College of Education, Troy University’s College of Education, and the University of Alabama’s College of Human Environmental Sciences. These agreements allow students to maximize transfer credits for degree completion.

For more information, please contact:

Emily Baker

Email: ebaker@escc.edu
Phone: (334)406-5590

Director of Recruiting

Cynthia Covington

Email: ccovington@escc.edu
Phone: (334) 347-2623 x2240

Social Sciences Division Chair

Katie Sawyer

Email: ksawyer@escc.edu
Phone: (334) 406-1457

ESCC Recruiter

What is Child Development?

Child Development is an integral part of our society. Those who work in Child Development often give parents the opportunity to work or attend school without the worries of who will be watching their children. Not only do these workers impact the parents’ lives, but these Child Development workers are also key to the lives of young children. Child development workers teach and guide our young children.


Child development majors are often employed in childcare facilities. These facilities include private preschool programs and Head Start or Early Head Start Programs. If the private sector is not for you, then perhaps the public sector is more your speed. Child Development majors are often employed as teachers in state pre-kindergarten or preschool programs and as aides in public school programs. You can complete 9 credit hours of childhood development courses to receive the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. You must have this credential to work as an auxiliary teacher for Pre-K.

What type of work do the jobs consist of?

On a day-to-day basis, a Child Development worker does several things. You may be teaching young children basic skills such as numbers, colors, or how to use the bathroom. You may have to establish and enforce rules, chaperone field trips, prepare and maintain records, and attend meetings, conferences or workshops.

Possible positions in this major include but are not limited to:

Preschool Teacher

Preschool teachers are pivotal in shaping the early childhood education landscape, fostering the cognitive, social, and emotional development of young children and establishing a foundation for their academic success. These dedicated professionals provide a stimulating and secure learning environment, where children can learn, grow, and acquire essential skills.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of May 2022, preschool teachers earn a median annual salary of $30,520. While most professionals in this field hold an associate’s degree in early childhood education or a related field, some may enter the profession with a high school diploma and gain relevant experience through on-the-job training. The BLS predicts a 5% growth rate for preschool teaching positions from 2022 to 2032, which is faster than the average for all occupations, driven by a heightened focus on early childhood education and recognition of its long-term benefits.

Child Development Worker

Child development workers, often referred to as early childhood educators or specialists, are trained professionals dedicated to fostering the cognitive, emotional, and social growth of young children. They create engaging environments that stimulate learning and development, implementing age-appropriate activities and observing developmental milestones. These specialists play a vital role in shaping the early experiences of children, focusing on building a strong foundation for their future success.

As of May 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that child development workers earn a median annual salary of $28,520. While specific educational requirements may vary, many professionals in this field hold relevant degrees in early childhood education or related disciplines.


In the Child Development field, highly experienced workers may earn as much as $42,898 each year. The field is a great launch to other education programs, such as an elementary, middle or high school teacher.



Young children have the unique ability to unintentionally be irritating. You must have the patience to deal with them without becoming upset.


Young children are active, and they run everywhere. You must have the energy to run after them and keep them occupied for the entire day.


As you will be the individual in charge, you must be able to make good decisions. If you are in an emergency situation or other difficult situation, you must be able to decide what to do easily and quickly without asking someone what to do.


You must be able to communicate with parents, children, and colleagues easily.


You will be interacting with parents and guardians, children, and colleagues. You must be able to interact with each individual easily.


You must be able to break down material and teach it in such a way that young children will understand and grasp what you are teaching.

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