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Child Development

Child development can give you a solid foundation for a career as a teacher and caregiver of young children. You’ll learn about child growth and development, child/family systems, current practices in brain research and its application to classroom teaching, working with children with special needs and the importance of play in learning and curriculum development. Additionally, the math/science and creative arts courses offer hands-on knowledge and skills in curriculum/lesson plan implementation, and a student teaching practicum connects discipline theory to practical application. This program’s component courses satisfy the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the child development associate teacher and teacher permits required for employment in both the private and public sector in California.

This degree is primarily targeted to students who will meet their educational and career goals with an associate degree. Students planning to transfer to the California State University (CSU) system in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree should follow requirements for the Associate of Science for Transfer in Early Childhood Education (AS-T) degree program.

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Christina McPeck
Associate Professor, Child Development and Education


Child development permits (assistant, associate, teacher, master teacher, site supervisor, and program director) are issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Please consult with the department for the requirements.