Important Considerations

Important Considerations for the Child Development Professional Field

  • Students are encouraged to check with the Child Development Program Coordinator for additional academic advice.
  • Major courses are usually offered once a year at alternating campuses (Decatur and Huntsville site), or as online classes.
  • A combination of general and major courses is recommended for a balanced semester course load.
  • Most full-time students can complete coursework for associates degree in two years.
  • The Child Development Program implements theory into practice by participating in field experience assignments that involve visitations to and/or work in approved child care programs.
  • Calhoun Community College’s Child Development Program is proud to collaborate and partner with agencies, child care centers, and schools to provide hands-on field experiences that allow students to put theory into practice.
  • Individuals working in licensed programs are required by the Department of Human Resources to meet certain professional requirements. It is therefore required for students entering this program and this professional field of study to have, or be in the process of meeting, DHR requirements (which may include criminal history background check, health check, Child Abuse and Neglect Check, etc.).
  • To access a list of the requirements from Alabama DHR, go to Alabama Minimum Standards for Licensing Child Care Centers, or contact Susan Satterfield at 256-890-4788 or