Child Development - Academic Program

Division: Social Sciences
Department: Child Development
Dept Chairman: Camilla Valenzuela
tel: 408-855-5256
Counseling: 408-855-5030
Child Development Center: 408-855-5173

Career Options:
  • Director of Child Development Programs
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Early Childhood Aide
  • Family Day Care Provider
  • Infant-Toddler Child Care Provider
  • School Age Child Care Provider
  • Elementary School Pre-Teacher Training
  • Human Services Agency Representative
  • Preschool and Day Care Administrator
  • Parent Educator
  • Child/Youth advocate in Social and Legal Arenas
  • Child and Family Counselor
  • Elementary and Secondary School Staff Member
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Public Health and Health Care Professional

Some career options may require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the Associate Degree level may be required to fulfill some career options or for preparation for transfer to a university program.

  • On site Lab Schools
  • Completed AS/Certificate Requirements meet State Matrix Child Development Permit Requirements
  • Industry Sponsored Internships
  • College Lab School Sponsored Internships
  • Parenting Classes
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of course work including Core Courses, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of child development theory and its application to Early Care and Education by identifying key developmental theorists and recognizing children s developmental stages;
  • Demonstrate competence in facilitating the development of each young child as a unique individual through the creation of individual and group curriculum that promotes physical, cognitive and/or socio-emotional development;
  • Achieve eligibility for certification on Early Childhood Education Permit from the California State Department of Education through the completion of at least 6 units of early childhood development coursework.
AS Degree
  • Early Child Education
  • Family Child Care
  • Child Development Permit-Associate Teacher
  • Child Development Permit-Teacher/Master Teacher
Additional Catalog Information