Child Development - Level II (Certificate N0656)

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The Child Development Level II certificate enhances the student’s knowledge beyond Level I, providing additional skills and knowledge working with children. This certificate focuses on safe and healthy environments, working appropriately with children with special needs and the use of appropriate discipline techniques. Completion may lead to salary increase based on units earned.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Completion of the Child Development - Level I coursework12
Completion of the Child Development- Level II coursework7
Total Units19
Course Prefix Course Name Units
Child Development - Level I Coursework
CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs3
CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum3
CHLD 11Child and Adolescent Development3
Total Units12
Course Prefix Course Name Units
Child Development - Level II Coursework
CHLD 64Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children3
CHLD 68Introduction to Children With Special Needs3
CHLD 84Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings1
Total Units7

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 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 that successful programs depend upon partnerships with children's families and communities. They use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationship that support and empower families and to involve all families in their children's development and learning.
  • Understand the importance of developmental domains and academic content areas. Students use their knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful 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 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.

Guided Pathways of Study

When students can identify a career goal early on in their educational journey, they are more likely to complete on time and succeed. Consistent guidance and a clear outline of the required courses help support students decisions in choosing the right program for them. Explore below to find the programs that most interest you.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall TermUnits
CHLD 1 Child, Family, School and Community 3 3
CHLD 5 Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 3 3
CHLD 6 Introduction to Child Development Curriculum 3 3
CHLD 11 Child and Adolescent Development 3 3
Certificate: Child Development L1 M0663 3  
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Spring Term
CHLD 64 Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children 3 3
CHLD 68 Introduction to Children With Special Needs 3 3
CHLD 84 Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings 1 1
Certificate: Child Development, L2 N0656 6  
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 Total Units19
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