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The Program

The Child Development A.S. degree prepares students to be competent, effective teachers and caregivers in settings for young children where specific skills and knowledge are required to effectively address the multitude of teaching and caregiving tasks. Included are courses on 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 State 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 are advised to follow the Early Childhood Education Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)
degree program.

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