What Are Top Schools for a Child Development Associate Degree?

An associate's degree in child development can prepare you for a career as a teacher assistant, teacher, preschool care provider or children's community program specialist. Learn about three of the top U.S. schools with associate degree programs in child development ranked by accreditation and national rankings. Schools offering Child & Adolescent Development degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Choose a Top School in Child Development

When choosing a top school in child development, look for schools that are accredited or ranked. Also search for schools that have childcare centers that feed directly into the program. Many schools offer associate's degree programs that prepare prospective students to continue their education with a bachelor's degree.

Top Schools with Child Development Programs

Lansing Community College in Michigan

Lansing Community College (LCC) offers an Associate in Applied Arts in Child Development that is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This program prepares students for the national child development associate (CDA) credential from the National Council for Professional Recognition. Program courses include foundations of early childhood education, children's literature, and child guidance and communication. Students also complete several semester hours of on-site work at child care facilities. Associate's degree programs offered include:

  • Child Development Associate in Arts Degree

Ohio University at Athens

Ohio University (OU) offers an Associate in Applied Science in Child Development through its Patton College of Education. This program, which is available at OU's Lancaster, Southern and Athens campuses, meets the state of Ohio's requirements for associate teacher licensure in pre-kindergarten. Students can gain hands-on experience at the Child Development Center on the Athens campus. Ohio University was ranked #91 among top public national universities in 2019 by U.S. News and World Report. Available programs in offering an associate's degree in child development include:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Child Development

Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, California

Cuyamaca College offers an Associate in Science in Child Development. Students enrolled in this degree program take courses in child growth and development, art for child development, music and movement for child development and safety and health for teachers of young children. Child development students also select at least one of two areas of emphasis: preschool children or infants and toddlers. Cuyamaca College has an on-campus child development center where students can gain experience working with children. Programs in child development include:

  • Associate in Science in Child Development

More Schools with Child Development Programs

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
Aims Community College 2-year, Public Greeley, CO$3,000
Belmont College 2-year, Public Saint Clairsville, OH$4,000
Chattanooga State Community College 2-year, Public Chattanooga, TN$4,000
Central Arizona College 2-year, Public Coolidge, AZ$2,500
Edison State Community College 2-year, Public Piqua, OH$5,000
Grayson College 2-year, Public Denison, TX$3,000
Mesa Community College 2-year, Public Mesa, AZ$2,000
Nashville State Community College 2-year, Public Nashville, TN$4,000
San Antonio College 2-year, Public San Antonio, TX$6,000
Pulaski Technical College 2-year, Public Little Rock, AR$5,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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