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.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 13
CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum3
CHLD 11Child and Adolescent Development3
CHLD 64Health, Safety and Nutrition of Children3
CHLD 66Early Childhood Development Observation and Assessment2
CHLD 66LEarly Childhood Development Observation and Assessment Laboratory 11
CHLD 67Early Childhood Education Practicum2
CHLD 67LEarly Childhood Education Practicum Laboratory 11
CHLD 68Children With Special Needs3
CHLD 69Early Childhood Development Field Work Seminar2
CHLD 84Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings1
CHLD 91Early Childhood Development Field Work 11
Total Units28

Recommended Electives

CHLD 50Teaching in a Diverse Society3
CHLD 51Early Literacy in Child Development3
CHLD 61Language Arts and Art Media for Young Children3
CHLD 62Music and Motor Development for Young Children3
CHLD 63Creative Sciencing and Math for Young Children3
CHLD 71AAdministration of Child Development Programs3
CHLD 71BManagement/Marketing/Personnel for ECD Programs3
CHLD 72Teacher, Parent, and Child Relationships3
CHLD 73Infant and Toddler 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.

 Guided Pathway of Study

Explore Your Future in Child Development

The Guided Pathway of Study grid below offers a semester by semester plan for achieving the AS Degree in Child Development as recommended by content Faculty Members and Counselors. This Guided Pathway of Study assumes the student is able to take 12-15 units per semester.

If the number of units you are able to take are fewer than 12-15 per semester, or you are eligible for English other than English 1A,  and Math other than Math 71, please make an appointment with a counselor who will assist you with developing your personal Guided Pathway of Study for this degree. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Units
CHLD 5 Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 3
CHLD 11 Child and Adolescent Development 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
ARTB 14 Basic Studio Arts 3
Intersession 1
CHLD 6 Introduction to Child Development Curriculum 3
Semester 2
CHLD 1 Child, Family, School and Community 3
CHLD 66 Early Childhood Development Observation and Assessment 2
CHLD 66L Early Childhood Development Observation and Assessment Laboratory 1
CHLD 61 Language Arts and Art Media for Young Children(or CHLD 62, or CHLD 63 as an elective) 3
MATH 71 Intermediate Algebra 5
Intersession 2
CHLD 64 Health, Safety and Nutrition of Children 3
Second Year
Semester 1
CHLD 67 Early Childhood Education Practicum 2
CHLD 67L Early Childhood Education Practicum Laboratory 1
CHLD 50 Teaching in a Diverse Society(recommended elective) 3
SPAN 1 Elementary Spanish(or any AREA C-2 World Language General Education course) 1 4
HIST 1 History of the United States 3
Intersession 1
SPCH 2 Fundamentals of Communication 4
KINF 36A Circuit Training Beginning 2 0.5-2
Semester 2
CHLD 69 Early Childhood Development Field Work Seminar 2
CHLD 91 Early Childhood Development Field Work 1
CHLD 68 Children With Special Needs 3
CHLD 84 Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings 1
BIOL 3 Ecology and Field Biology 4
 Total Units61.5-63

This degree requires the completion of sixty (60) degree appropriate units. At least 24 units are required from General Education Areas A through E with a grade of "C" or better. See GE Area course requirements.  


 Physical Well-Being Requirement: Complete at least one of the physical education activity courses with the following prefixes: DNCE, KINA, KINF, KINI, KINL, KINS, KINX with a grade of “C” or better or “CR”. 

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.
Print Options