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Degrees & Certificates

The Child Development program is designed for students desiring to transfer to a four-year college or to meet requirements to work in public or private childcare facilities. The AA degree in Child Development will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the Major course requirements and the General Education requirements. The Child Development AA degree includes the State Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP) courses. The program conforms to regulatory agency guidelines and offers several options as specified below.

Career Opportunities: 

Career opportunities are available in a variety of jobs in the field of Early Care and Education.
Degree Major Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
CHDEV 50 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3
CHDEV 51 Child Growth and Development 3
CHDEV 52 Observation and Assessment 3
CHDEV 53 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
CHDEV 54A Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning 3
CHDEV 54B Introduction to Curriculum 3
CHDEV 55A Practicum-Field Experience 5
CHDEV 74 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
CHDEV 80 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
Select courses for a total of 3-5 units from the following:
CHDEV 55B Practicum-Field Experience (5)
CHDEV 56A Infant/Toddler Development  and Care (3)
CHDEV 56B Curriculum and Environments  for Infants and Toddlers (3)
CHDEV 58 Preschool Administration (3)
CHDEV 59 Preschool Supervision and Staff Relations (3)
CHDEV 60 Emergent Literacy and Children’s Literature (3)
CHDEV 66 Music for Young Children (2)
CHDEV 68 Play-Based Curriculum (3)
CHDEV 70 Preschool Art Curriculum: Principles and Practices (2)
CHDEV 71 The Business of Early Childhood  Education (3)
CHDEV 75 Supervising Adults in Early Childhood Programs (3)
CHDEV 246 Emergent Topics: Best Practices 3-5 for Working with Children (.5-2)*    3-5 
Total Required Units: 32-34

*A maximum of one (1) unit combined from any Emergent Topics course can be applied toward the Child Development AA degree major.

ASSISTANT TEACHER

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Select a minimum of 6 units from the following:

Dept/No. Title Units
Select a minimum of 6 units from the following:
CHDEV* Any Child Development course numbered 1 through 248    6
Total Required Units: 6

*A maximum of 2 units combined from any Emergent Topics course (Chdev 246) can be applied toward the Child Development Assistant Teacher or Teacher certificates.

These courses match the course requirements on the Child Development Permit Matrix for Assistant Teacher.

ASSOCIATE TEACHER

The Associate Teacher program is designed to prepare students for entry-level work in public or private childcare facilities. The Child Development program includes diverse topics covering family diversity, multicultural education, special education, infants/ toddlers, home-based care, and family child care. This option under the Child Development program focuses on introductory skills needed to work in early childhood education settings, including preschool education theory and application, child growth and development, and the child and his/her place in the family and community. A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the courses specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
CHDEV 50 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children (3)
or
CHDEV 54A Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning 3
CHDEV 51 Child Growth and Development 3
CHDEV 53 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
CHDEV 54B Introduction to Curriculum    3
Total Required Units: 12

These courses match the course requirements on the Child Development Permit Matrix for Associate Teacher.

TEACHER

Certificate of Achievement Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
CHDEV 51 Child Growth and Development 3
CHDEV 53 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
CHDEV 54A Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning 3
CHDEV 54B Introduction to Curriculum 3
Select 12 units from the following:
CHDEV 50 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children(3)
CHDEV 52 Observation and Assessment (3)
CHDEV 55A Practicum-Field Experience (5)
CHDEV 55B Practicum-Field Experience (5)
CHDEV 56A Infant/Toddler Development and Care (3)
CHDEV 56B Curriculum and Environments for Infants and Toddlers (3)
CHDEV 57A Child Growth and Development: Age Six through Adolescence (3)
CHDEV 57B Curriculum and Programs for School-Age Children (3)
CHDEV 60 Emergent Literacy Children’s Literature (3)
CHDEV 65 Preschool Science Curriculum: Principles and Practices (3)
CHDEV 66 Music for Young Children (2)
CHDEV 67 Parenting/Grandparenting (3)
CHDEV 68 Play-Based Curriculum (3)
CHDEV 70 Preschool Art Curriculum: Principles and Practices (2)
CHDEV 74 Health, Safety, and Nutrition (3)
CHDEV 79 Anti-Bias Curriculum (3)
CHDEV 246* Emergent Topics: Best Practices for Working with Children (.5-2)
COSER 16A Communication: Theory and Practice (2-3)
NUTR 10 Nutrition (4)    12
Subtotal: 24
Select 16 General Education units to include: 
COMM 20 Interpersonal Communication Skills (3)
ENGL 1A** Composition and Reading (4)
Plus: Other elective General Education units (9)    16
Total Required Units: 40

*A maximum of 2 units combined from any Emergent Topics course can be applied toward the Child Development Assistant Teacher or Teacher certificates.

**Engl 1A is required for transfer and for the Associate degree.

These courses match the course requirements on the Child Development Permit Matrix for Teacher.