Child Development, AS

Business Division
Degree S1315

This program provides a theoretical framework and practical experience developing skills necessary to work directly in preschool classrooms. Graduates can be employed at the teacher or master teacher level. The program develops students’ skills and abilities in observation and assessing, planning and executing activities, and classroom management based on developmentally appropriate practices. Degree requirements exceed the identified eight (8) courses for transfer by requiring additional practical experience and curriculum courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  • Understand and use a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child's development and learning.
  • Be able to evaluate Early care and Education Program regulations, standards, policies according to Title 22 California.
  • Be grounded in Child Development knowledge(theory) and use their understanding of young children and their needs to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging for each child.
  • Understand that successful programs depend upon partnerships with children's families and communities. They use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families and to involve all families in their children's development and learning.
  • Understand that child observation, documentation and other forms of assessment are central to the practices of all early childhood professionals. Students use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies to positively influence the development of every child.
  • Understand the importance of developmental domains and academic content areas. Students use their knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful challenging curriculum.
  • Be able to identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession. They know ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practices. They know ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood education.
  • Be able to apply effective guidance and interaction strategies that support all children's social learning, identity and self-confidence.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Required Courses

CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community 3
CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 13
CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum 3
CHLD 11Child and Adolescent Development 3
CHLD 64Health, Safety and Nutrition of Children 3
CHLD 66Early Childhood Development Observation and Assessment 2
CHLD 66LEarly Childhood Development Observation and Assessment Laboratory 11
CHLD 67Early Childhood Education Practicum 2
CHLD 67LEarly Childhood Education Practicum Laboratory 11
CHLD 68Children With Special Needs 3
CHLD 69Early Childhood Development Field Work Seminar 2
CHLD 84Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings 1
CHLD 91Early Childhood Development Field Work 11
Total Units28

Recommended Electives

CHLD 50Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
CHLD 51Early Literacy in Child Development 3
CHLD 61Language Arts and Art Media for Young Children 3
CHLD 62Music and Motor Development for Young Children 3
CHLD 63Creative Sciencing and Math for Young Children 3
CHLD 71AAdministration of Child Development Programs 3
CHLD 71BManagement/Marketing/Personnel for ECD Programs 3
CHLD 72Teacher, Parent, and Child Relationships 3
CHLD 73Infant/Toddler Care and Development 13

Note: These courses are acceptable for the Child Development requirements leading to the Child Development Permit.


Students must provide documentation of influenza, pertussis (TDap), and measles immunization, as well as TB clearance, as required by SB792 prior to being permitted to enroll in this class. Instructions on submitting documentation are available at Child Development Center.

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