Child Development and Early Childhood Education

The program provides expert instructors with master’s degrees and many years of teaching and practical experience. Coursework prepares students for a variety of jobs in early care and education field. Students can pursue Associate Degrees or Certificate of Completions. Classes are offered on a rotating basis during the day and evening, on campus and online, during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

The program includes a state-of-the-art Child Development Lab School where students have the opportunity to learn from highly qualified early childhood specialists and gain practical experience observing and interacting with children 18 months through 5 years of age. Many of our child development courses have low student-teacher ratios providing a more supportive and intimate setting

Career Opportunities

A certificate or degree in Child Development provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to obtain a job in a variety of early care and education program types:

  • Federally or state funded children’s programs
  • Employer sponsored child care centers
  • Private profit or nonprofit child care centers
  • Early intervention programs
  • Infant & toddler programs
  • Before and after school programs
  • Family child care
  • Parent cooperatives

Programs of Study

  • Early Childhood Education Entry Level Teaching (12 units) which meets Title 22 Community Care Licensing Teacher Qualification. CHDEV1, 3, 30 & 39
  • Certificate of Achievements (14-29 units)
    • Child Development
    • Associate Teacher
    • Early Intervention Assistant
  • Associate in Science Degree in Child Development
  • Associate in Science Transfer Degree in Early Childhood Education

Contact Elizabeth Romero or Sallie Turpen and set up an appointment to determine which program of study to pursue.

Child Development Brochure (PDF)