Early Childhood and Family Studies

Program Type: Face-to-Face, Fully Online
Program Level: Degrees, Certificates, Online
Department: Healthcare Sciences and Early Childhood and Family Studies
Institute: Public Service
College: SPC

What is the Early Childhood and Family Studies program?

The Early Childhood and Family Studies Program will provide the community with a comprehensive early childhood program responsive to cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic diversity, rich in current and innovative ideas, and nurturing authentic learning and hands-on experiences.

What will I learn?

Students will explore how children develop from birth to age 12, with a focus on birth to age 8, in all areas of development: physical, socio-emotional, language, and cognitive. The result is individuals well prepared for a variety of job opportunities in the rapidly changing early care and education profession. 

What can I do with this course of study?

AAS Degree: Para-Teacher Aide, Assistant Preschool Teacher, Early Childhood Teacher, Private sector Preschool Teacher, and Child Care Director

Level II Certificate: Assistant Head Start Teacher, Assistant Child Development Specialist, Child Care Teacher, Day Care Home Provider, Family Worker/Assistant, School-age After-School Provider, Nanny

What's special about the program?

The Early Childhood and Family Studies program is offering the first online Early Childhood degree in San Antonio from an accredited Community College. 

The AAS degree is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

This program offers students a unique experience to complete their internship in a hospital setting or at an on-campus Child Development Center.


All degrees and certificates can be completed 100% online.
Program Accreditation and Information


On March 25, 2019, the Early Childhood and Family Studies Program at St. Philip’s College was placed on probation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street, NW, #500, Washington, DC 20005. (202) 232-8777. A program on probation is accredited but is not in full compliance with the accreditation standards and/or other requirements for maintaining its accreditation status. A program has up to two years to demonstrate full compliance with the standards and/or administrative requirements for maintaining its accreditation status.

Contact information:

(202)232-8777 | (800)424-2460 | help@naeyc.org  

NAEYC Accreditation Webpage Conceptual Framework 

Program Outcome Data THECB Statutory Requirement

Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

Program Orientation

All students in the Early Childhood and Family Studies Program at St. Philip's College are required to participate in a program orientation at the beginning of every fall and spring semester.

Program Internship Information

The student seeking a certificate or degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies must complete an Internship to be awarded a certificate or degree. The Internship is completed in the last semester of the program. In the semester before enrolling in the Internship, students must complete the following steps: 1) Contact the Early Childhood and Family Studies Program to enroll in the course. 2) Completed drug screening. 3) Completed criminal background check, 4) Completed tuberculosis screening (within the past year), 5.) Current CPR/First Aid Certificate.

Please Note: Candidates are required to complete all key assessments. Prior learning credit and/or credit for maintaining a current CDA credential is not approved in any course with a key assessment (TECA 1354, TECA 1303, CDEC 1323, CDEC 2315, CDEC 1359, and CDEC 2689).

Mandatory Internship Information Session  

Students planning to graduate in the Fall and Spring must attend the mandatory Internship information session. The session will be announced in ECFS courses and through student advisors, and students need to RSVP to Vlasta Jurkovic, Assistant Professor/Internship Coordinator at 210-486-2227 or vjurkovic@alamo.edu.

Program Information and Orientation Sessions

The Early Childhood and Family Studies Program at St. Philip's College invites anyone interested in learning about our program to attend an upcoming orientation session to get more information. All sessions will take place in the Center for Health Professions Building at St. Philip's College. Please contact the Program Director, Amy Huebner, at 210-486-2364 or contact the department at 210-486-2050 if you need additional information. Check our college event calendar for Information Session dates and time.

No person shall, on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, or persons who have opposed discrimination or participated in any complaint process on campus or before a government agency, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in employment or under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by the College District. H.1.1

Application and Selection Process

Application Process:

Students interested in admissions into the Early Childhood and Family Studies Program at St. Philip's College are required to submit a program application.

 The application packet should include the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of any certifications earned (e.g. Child Development Associate)
  • Typed letter of interest

Application Deadlines

Fall semester (Flex 1 and 16-week sessions)-August 1

Fall Flex 2-October 1

  • Spring semester (Flex 1 and 16-week sessions)-December 1
  • Spring Flex 2-March 1
  • Summer-May 1

The application packet must be submitted through email.

Email to Amy Huebner, Program Director, ahuebner@alamo.edu

Mail to:

Department of Healthcare Science & Early Childhood-St. Philip's College
Early Childhood and Family Studies Program
1801 Martin Luther King Drive
San Antonio, Texas, 78203

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Contact Information

Program Director:
Amy Huebner, BA, MEd.
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 202B