Child Development (AS Degree S1315)

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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

Course Prefix Course Name Units
CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 23
CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum 23
CHLD 11Child and Adolescent Development 23
CHLD 64Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children3
CHLD 66Early Childhood Development Observation and Assessment 12
CHLD 66LEarly Childhood Development Observation and Assessment Laboratory 11
CHLD 68Introduction to Children With Special Needs 23
CHLD 69Early Childhood Development Field Work Seminar2
CHLD 91Early Childhood Development Field Work 11
CHLD 84Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings3
Choose one of the following sequences:3
Early Childhood Education Practicum 1
Early Childhood Education Practicum Laboratory 1
Infant Toddler Practicum Seminar
Infant Toddler Practicum Field Work Experience 1
Choose two courses from the following list6
Language Arts and Art Media for Young Children
Music and Motor Development for Young Children
Math and Science for Young Children
Total Units36

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.


Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) clearance is required.

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, and 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.

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
CHLD 5 Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 3
CHLD 6 Introduction to Child Development Curriculum 3
CHLD 11 Child and Adolescent Development 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
Winter Term 1
CHLD 64 Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children 3
Spring Term 1
CHLD 84 Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings 3
AA/S MATH Meet AA/AS Math Comptcy Req 5
CHLD 1 Child, Family, School and Community 3
Immunizations Req'd: CHLD 66, 67, 69, 91, 86, 87 7  
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Certificate: Child Development, L1 M0663 3  
Submit certificate petition to AR via portal #45 5  
If CHLD 66/66L is not taken Spring, must enroll in 6  
CHLD 61 63 in Spr CHLD 62/66, 66L Fall 2023. 3  
(CHLD 66 AND CHLD 66L) 3  
Summer Term 1
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3
Fall Term 2
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4
AA/S HUM Area C-2 Humanities Course 4
AA/S KINES Phys Ed (KIN) Activity Course .5
(CHLD 67 AND CHLD 67L) OR (CHLD 86 AND CHLD 87) 3  
Winter Term 2
AA/S ARTS Area C-1 Arts Course 3
Spring Term 2
CHLD 68 Introduction to Children With Special Needs 3
CHLD 69 Early Childhood Development Field Work Seminar 2
CHLD 91 Early Childhood Development Field Work 1
AA/S USHIS Area D-1 Hist/Pol Sc Course 3
AA/S SCNCE Area B-1 or B-2 Science Course 3
Child Development, AS S1315 5  
Submit petition to Admissions Records Submit petition to Admissions Records  
 Total Units56.5
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