Child Development

Child Development Associate in Science Degree 2020-2021

(Major #C.5610.AS)

The Child Development Associate in Science Degree is designed to prepare students to work with young children in a variety of early care and education settings. Upon completion of the A.S. degree, a student possesses the course work required to work as a teacher in both private and public early care and education settings serving preschool-age children. Additionally, students completing documented work experience are eligible to apply for the California Child Development Permit through the Commission of Teacher Credentialing at either the Teacher, Master Teacher, or Site Supervisor Level which qualifies the student to work in the State of California funded (Title 5) early care and education program.

Major requirements (30 units minimum)
A grade of “C” or better is required in the following courses:


Required Core

Select from the following:
Course Course Description Units
CHDEV 1 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3
CHDEV 3 Introduction to Curriculum 3
CHDEV 6 Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education 3
CHDEV 15 Diversity And Culture In Early Care Education Programs 3
CHDEV 20 Observation and Assessment 3
CHDEV 30 Child, Family, and Community 3
CHDEV 37A Early Childhood Practicum 3
CHDEV 39 Child Growth And Development 3
List A - Select one course:
Course Course Description Units
CHDEV 17A Infant and Toddler Practicum 3
CHDEV 32 Early Intervention 3
CHDEV 37B Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3
List B - Select one course:
Course Course Description Units
CHDEV 5 Parent Education 3
CHDEV 11 The Young Child with Special Needs 3
CHDEV 12 Child Abuse 3
CHDEV 17B Advanced Infant and Toddler Development 3
CHDEV 40A Administration I, Programs In Early Childhood Education 3
CHDEV 40B Administration II, Personnel & Leadership In Early Childhood Education 3
CHDEV 45 Adult Supervision And Mentoring In Early Care And Education 3
CHDEV 47 Emergent Literacy 3
CHDEV 49 Guidance for Young Children 3

Additional Information

*When selecting courses from lists A and B, the base selection on the area of specialization or career goal, for example; Preschool, infant/toddler school age or early intervention.

It is recommended that you meet with one of the child development instructors.

Faculty Advisor(s): Romero & Turpen


2020-2021 Child Development Associate in Science Degree