Educational Aide, Certificate of Technology

Program Information

Do you have a passion for shaping the future? Do you desire to inspire the youth around you because of your passion? If so, San Jacinto College’s Child Development program is designed for students like you who want to have a profound, positive effect on society through our children. Our program 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. Are you ready for the future?

San Jacinto College designed the Child Development/Early Childhood Studies program to develop basic skills, attitudes, and competencies necessary for personnel to provide high-quality care in a variety of early childhood programs.

Career Opportunities

Students who receive an Certificate of Technology (COT) in Educational Aide pursue careers in:

  • Teaching as an assistant in an Independent School District (ISD),
  • Teaching in an early childhood setting,
  • Teaching in a family day home setting,
  • Teaching in a church-related program or in government facilities,
  • Working at a children’s museum,
  • Working as a Professional Development Specialist for the Child Development Council, and
  • Qualifying to become a substitute teacher in an ISD or in an Early Childhood setting.

Earning Potential

Childcare Workers: $22,2311

Teachers Assistant: $21,8521

Substitute Teacher: $22,9491

For more information, students may contact Central campus, 281-476-1867; or North campus, 281-459-7635.


Central Campus
North Campus

The College designed the Child Development/Early Childhood - Educational Aide Occupational Certificate and Certificate of Technology to provide educational training for persons interested in teaching young children in child care centers and/or teaching K-12 in an Independent School District (ISD). Upon successful completion of the 16 semester credit hours, the student will be awarded the Occupational Certificate and will be eligible to apply for the Educational Aide - Level I certificate through the Texas Education Agency and apply to earn the Child Development Associate credential through the National Professional Council. Students who complete the Educational Aide Certificate of Technology with 38 semester credit hours will be eligible to apply for the Child Development Associate Credential through the National Professional Council and apply for up to a Educational Aide - Level II certificate through the Texas Education Agency.

CDEC and TECA Student

The 80th Texas Legislature passed a law, Senate Bill 758, that as of Sept. 1, 2007, requires a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint check for anyone who is currently required to have a background check in a child care center. This includes any person(s), including volunteers, who are counted in the child/caregiver ratio. Child care center employees/volunteers will have to have the background fingerprints once every two (2) years. Similar legislation, Senate Bill 9, passed setting 2011 as the deadline for public school districts to be in compliance. FBI fingerprinting allows the state to check an individual’s criminal record in 50 states, rather than just checking for a record within the state of Texas, which is all that our current system allows us to do. Additionally, it addresses concerns with individuals using fake names and social security numbers.

After some preliminary clarification, we have found that no student can be in any one location more than two (2) days a month, in which case they would not be a “frequent” in-contact person in the classroom. Our experience indicates that the area school districts are implementing criminal background checks in a variety of ways. A fee is required but may vary depending upon the center, program and school district. Based upon this information, it is the student’s responsibility as a future teacher of children in the state of Texas to understand and comply with the requirements of each institution in which they may observe and/or intern.

For further clarification, discuss any concerns or issues with your professor, counselor, and/or Department Chair.

Plan of Study

Central and North Campuses


Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
CDEC 1470 Educational Aide Associate 4
CDEC 1417
Child Development Associate Training I
or Creative Arts for Early Childhood
CDEC 2422
Child Development Associate Training II
or Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs
CDEC 2424 Child Development Associate Training III 4
Second Term
TECA 1303 Families, School and Community 3
CDEC 1359 Children With Special Needs (or Approved Elective) 1 3
CDEC 1356 Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 2407 Math and Science for Early Childhood 4
Third Term
CDEC 1319 Child Guidance 3
TECA 1354 Child Growth and Development 3
TECA 1311 Educating Young Children 3
 Total Credits38

Capstone Experience: TECA 1311 Educating Young Children  

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be eligible to apply for an Educational Aide - Level II certificate through the Texas Education Agency and apply to earn the Child Development Associate Credential through the National Professional Council.

Approved Electives

CDEC 1458Creative Arts for Early Childhood4
CDEC 1413Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs4
CDEC 1321The Infant and Toddler3