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Child Development 103 (formerly 3)
Child Growth and Development

3 units; 3 hours lecture 
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is an introduction to child development from conception through adolescence with an emphasis on the interaction between the maturational processes and environmental factors relating to physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe and interview children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages. Also, the effect of cultural influence on development will be studied.

Note: This is a core course for all teachers and assistants in early childhood programs regulated by the State of California.

Child Development 104 (formerly 9)
The Home, The School, The Community

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
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This course examines the interconnection among the development of the child from birth to adolescence in  the home, the family, the school, and the community. Emphasis is placed on the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. Influence of social agents such as family support services, educational systems, media, and peers, and on how these social agents contribute in preparing the child for living independently in a diverse society will be explored. Additional topics include parenting styles, schooling, roles of teachers, peers, the media, children with special needs, cultural influence on behavior, child abuse, neglect, and social policy.

Note: This is a core course for all teachers and assistants in early childhood programs regulated by the State of California.

Child Development 106
Care and Education for Infants and Toddlers

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Child Development 103 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course students will study the principles of inclusive and respectful care giving for infants and toddlers in relation to curriculum development and design. Students will apply current theory and research to the care and education of infants and toddlers in group settings as  they study typical and atypical development of infants/ toddlers. Essential policies, principles and practices that lead to quality care and developmentally appropriate curriculum for children birth to 36 months will be examined. Topics include current brain research, issues relating to health and safety, licensing requirements, observation techniques, assessment strategies, as well as ways to communicate with parents, implement home visits, and develop early intervention plans.

Child Development 107 (formerly 7)
Infant/Toddler Development

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Child Development 103 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course students will study infants and toddlers  from pre-conception to age three including physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional growth and development. Students will apply theoretical frameworks to interpret behavior and interactions between heredity and environment. Students will focus on the role of family, the effect of the adult-child relationship on an infant’s development, practical applications of developmental theories in relation to infant/toddler group care, and the importance of demonstrating respectful and sensitive practices in relation to cultural differences in child care settings. Topics include developmentally appropriate environments, curriculum, and state-mandated licensing regulations.

Child Development 108 (formerly 8)
Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Child Development 103 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course examines the underlying theoretical principles of developmentally appropriate practices applied to programs and environments. The key role of relationships, constructive adult-child interactions, and teaching strategies in supporting physical, social, emotional, creative, and cognitive development in young children will be emphasized. This course includes a  review of the historical roots of early childhood programs and current philosophies and methodologies of early childhood education. Topics include observation, analysis, and assessment of young children’s development, identification of effective teaching strategies, age appropriate environments, and professional ethics.

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Child Development 110 (formerly 10)
Child Health and Safety

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is an introduction to the laws, regulations, standards, policies, procedures, and early childhood curriculum related to child health, safety, and nutrition. It  is designed to meet the needs of parents, family child care providers and center-based teachers who are interested  in increasing their knowledge of these practices for young children. Topics include creating a healthy environment, indoor and outdoor safety, chronic and acute illnesses, accident prevention, health screening, disaster planning, nutrition, contagious diseases, and identifying and working with children with special needs. Students will develop and present health and safety education curriculum appropriate for children, staff and parents.

Child Development 112 (formerly 12)
Teaching Young Children in a Diverse Society

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Child Development 103 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course students will examine the development of social identities in diverse societies including theoretical and practical implications of oppression and privilege as they apply to young children, families, programs, classrooms and teaching. Various classroom strategies will be explored emphasizing culturally and linguistically appropriate anti-bias approaches supporting all children in becoming competent members of a diverse society. Topics include self-examination and refl   tion on issues related to social identity, stereotypes and bias, social and educational access, and media and schooling.

Child Development 114 (formerly 34)
Observing and Guiding Children

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Child Development 103 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course, students will examine the appropriate use of assessment and observational strategies for young children and document development, growth, play, and learning in order to work with families and professionals in promoting children’s success and maintaining quality programs. Recording strategies, rating systems, portfolios, and multiple assessment methods will be explored. Students will analyze, through observation and research, common behavioral issues and the possible underlying influence on behavior. The role of the teacher in promoting an environment which fosters appropriate behavior will be examined. Students will be required to conduct observations in local school programs.

Child Development 115
Introduction to Curriculum

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Child Development 103 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent or concurrent enrollment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course presents an overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for young children from birth to age six. Students will examine the teacher’s role in supporting development and fostering an enthusiasm for learning for all young children using observation and assessment strategies emphasizing the essential role of play. An overview of content areas will include language and literacy, social and emotional learning, sensory learning, art and creativity, music and movement, and math and science.

Child Development 116 (formerly 16)
Creative Art for Young Children

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Child Development 103 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent or concurrent enrollment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course focuses on the principles and methods of planning, presenting and evaluating creative art

experiences for young children ages two to six in diverse settings. Emphasis will be placed on facilitating creativity, self-expression, and concept and skill development through the use of art media such as paint, clay, collage, chalk and woodworking. Methods for adapting creative art experiences for children with special needs will be discussed. The course is designed for teachers in training and teachers in service needing to develop and refine skills in understanding, planning, and implementing curriculum. Students will be required to participate in one structured activity related to children and/or professional development outside of class hours.

Child Development 117 (formerly 17)
Music and Movement for Young Children

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Child Development 103 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent or concurrent enrollment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course focuses on the principles and methods of planning, presenting, and evaluating music and movement experiences for young children ages two to six. Activities, such as group singing, rhythmic experiences, perceptual motor, and creative movement, which foster the child’s cognitive, psychosocial, and physical development will be presented. Methods for adapting music and movement experiences for children with special needs will be discussed. This course is designed for teachers in training and teachers in service needing to develop or refine skills in planning and implementing music and movement curriculum. Students will be required to participate in one structured activity related to children and/or professional development outside of class hours.

Child Development 118 (formerly 18)
Science and Math for Young Children

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Child Development 103 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent or concurrent enrollment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course focuses on the principles and methods of planning, presenting, and evaluating science and math experiences for young children ages two to six. Students will develop activities that foster children’s natural curiosity about scientific  and mathematical concepts. These activities will be designed to encourage exploration, experimentation, problem solving, and discovery. Methods for adapting science and math experiences for young children with special needs will also be discussed. This course is designed for teachers in training and teachers in service needing to develop or refine skills in understanding, planning, and implementing developmentally appropriate science and math curriculum. Students will be required to participate in one structured activity related to children and/or professional development outside of class hours.

Child Development 119 (formerly 19)
Language Arts for Young Children

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Child Development 103 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent or concurrent enrollment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course focuses on the principles and methods  of planning, presenting and evaluating language arts activities for young children ages two to six. Appropriate activities for expressive and receptive language development such as storytelling, dramatic play, listening, and emergent literacy will be examined. Methods for adapting language experiences for children with special needs will be discussed. This course is designed for teachers in training and teachers in service needing to develop or refine skills in planning and implementing language arts curriculum. Students will be required to participate in one structured activity related to children and/or professional development outside of class hours.

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Child Development 125
Child Development Practicum I

3 units; 2 hours lecture,
3 hours lab to be arranged
Prerequisite: Child Development 103 and 104; one course from Child Development 115, 116, 117, 118 or 119 with a minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course.
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course provides a practical application of learning theories in early childhood education programs. Students will design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children and will observe and interact with children and staff in supervised child care settings. The course includes methods of working effectively with children, observation and guidance techniques, the role of the preschool teacher and classroom assistant, effective communication with staff and parents, educational requirements and techniques for gaining employment in the field.

Child Development 126 (formerly 20)
Child Development Practicum II

3 units; 2 hours lecture,
3 hours lab to be arranged
Prerequisite: Child Development 104, 108, 150 and Child Development 115 or 152; and two courses from Child Development 116, 117, 118, 119 with a minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course.  One of these courses may be taken concurrently with Child Development 126.
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course, students will apply and implement developmental teaching theories in an early childhood education setting under guided supervision. The course includes planning, demonstrating, and evaluating learning experiences for children. This course covers aspects of teaching such as strategies for working with children and adults, classroom management skills, program philosophies, and techniques for gaining employment.

Child Development 129 (formerly 29)
Introduction to Program Administration

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Child Development 125 or 126 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment or 50 days of preschool teaching experience within the past two years. 
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course focuses on the regulations, standards and practices for licensed preschool programs established by the California State Department of Social Services. Topics include the role of the program director, interpersonal relationships, public relations, staff recruitment and selection, and community resources.

Child Development 130 (formerly 30)
Principles of Program Administration

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Child Development 125 or 126 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment  or 50 days of preschool teaching experience within the past two years.
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course emphasizes the role of the director in child care programs. Topics will include legislative policies, fi management, leadership, and professionalism. Effective communication with early childhood staff and strategies for working with parents will also be discussed.

Child Development 131 (formerly 31)
Supervising and Mentoring Adults

2 units; 2 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Child Development 125 or 126 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment or 50 days of preschool teaching experience within the past two years. 
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course students will study the principles and practices of supervising and evaluating staff in early childhood education programs. Emphasis will be placed on the role and responsibilities of experienced classroom teachers who mentor or supervise new teachers and student teachers. Topics will include balancing the needs of children, families and staff, ethics, advocacy, and professionalism in the field.

Note: This course fulfills the adult supervision requirement for the Child Development Permit and the California Early Childhood Mentor Teacher Program.

Child Development 150 (formerly 4)
Survey of Children with Special Needs

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommend Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course offers an overview of the causes, characteristics, prevalence, and needs of children  with mild to severe physical, cognitive, and behavioral conditions from birth to age 22 with an emphasis on children ages birth through eight. Students are introduced to the variations in development of children with special needs and the resulting impact on families. An overview  of historical and societal influence, laws relating to children with special needs, and the identification and referral process is examined. Topics include the identification of community agencies for referral and case management, inclusion of children with special needs into mainstream classrooms, and the special needs of gifted and talented children.

Child Development 152 (formerly 32)
Disabilities in the Developing Child

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course, students will study curriculum and intervention strategies for working with children with special needs. Focus will be placed on the use of observation and assessment in meeting the individualized needs of children in inclusive and natural environments. The role of the teacher, the special education assistant, and the in-home respite care provider will be emphasized. Topics include working in partnership with families, designing curriculum and accommodations, collaborating with interdisciplinary teams, and developing cultural competence and responsiveness. 

Child Development 154 (formerly 33)
Role and Responsibilities of the Special Education Assistant

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course introduces students to the role and responsibilities of the special education assistant. Students will examine effective communication and problem solving techniques; the disabilities that qualify a child for special education consideration; legal and ethical issues; and methods of adapting the environment and equipment to meet the needs of the children. Students will also examine the role of specialists who work with children with disabilities and observe in classrooms that serve children with special needs.

Child Development 160
Working with Children: Autism Spectrum Disorders

1 unit; 1 hour lecture
Recommended Preparation: Child Development 150 or 152
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is designed for students interested in working as a paraprofessional with children who have been diagnosed with autism and related disorders. Students will be introduced to the social, emotional, cognitive, and academic needs of these children. The characteristics of effective teaching and the implementation of accommodation strategies in the home and school setting will be explored. The laws governing the rights of children with special needs and their families will be discussed. Students will also observe local programs that serve children with autism and related disorders.

Child Development 163
Working with Children: Attention Deficit Disorders

1 unit; 1 hour lecture
Recommended Preparation: Child Development 150 or 152
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is designed for students interested in working as a paraprofessional with children who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The causes, signs, symptoms, treatment, and implications of these disorders as well as the characteristics of effective teaching methods and the implementation of accommodation strategies in the home and school setting will be explored. The laws governing the rights of children with special needs and their families will be discussed. Students will observe local programs that serve children with ADD or ADHD.

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Child Development 166
Working with Children: Physical Disabilities/Health Impairments

1 unit; 1 hour lecture
Recommended Preparation: Child Development 150 or 152
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is designed for students interested in working as paraprofessionals with children with physical disabilities and/or health conditions. Students will examine common physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy and Spinal Bifida and other health impairments such as Asthma and Diabetes. Introduction to the various types of medical and technological support required for these children during the school day and in the home will be discussed. Topics include procedures, equipment, health and safety issues, and the laws governing the rights of children with special needs and their families. Students will observe local programs that serve children with physical impairments or health conditions.

Child Development 169
Special Education Practicum

3 units; 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab to be arranged
Prerequisite: Child Development 150 or 152; Child Development 104, 107, 108, and 110; Child Development 116 or 117 or 118 or 119 with minimum grade of C in prerequisite or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This practicum provides students with supervised experience working with infants, toddlers, and young children with special needs in a variety of early intervention and education settings, such as self- contained or fully-included day care programs, regional centers, or early childhood classrooms. Students will assist in the planning and implementation of intervention strategies and will work collaboratively with families as well as early intervention and special education professionals. Students will develop communication skills that are culturally sensitive towards the unique needs of children and families of children with special needs.

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 Last Published 6/27/16