Associate in Arts Degree, Certificates of Achievement, and Child Development Permit Information
The degree and the certificates in childhood education prepare students for careers in private or public programs serving infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children with special needs, or children in before and after school care. The transfer degree option prepares students to continue studies at a four-year institution. Students will acquire the ability to apply developmental theories in observing and assessing children in physical, cognitive, and psychosocial domains and will develop skills needed for working effectively with families, co-workers, and community agencies. Students will also gain the ability to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive curriculum. Program assessment will be conducted regularly through examinations, presentations, student self-assessment, portfolios, and tracking student employment and promotion in the teaching field.
Childhood Education Major
Child Development Concentration Courses (18 units)
Concentration Courses (12 units):
-Child Development 104 The Home, the School, and the Community
-Child Development 112 Teaching Young Children in Multicultural Classrooms
-Child Development 114 Observing and Guiding Children
-Child Development 150 Survery of Children with Special Needs or
Child Development 152 Disabilities in the Developing Child
Two Courses From:
-Child Development 116 Creative Art for Young Children
-Child Development 117 Music and Movement for Young Children
-Child Development 118 Math and Science for Young Children
-Child Development 119 Language Arts for Young Children
General Education and Major Preparation Courses (44 units)
-Art 1 or Theatre 1
-Dance 1 or Music 11
-Child Development 103
(These courses double count for General Education and Major Preparation.)
-Astronomy 20 or Astronomy 25 or Geology 1 or Geology 2 or Physics 11
-Communication Studies 1
-Political Science 1
The California State Department of Education Child Development Permits:
The Child Development Permit qualifies the holder to teach in publicly funded early childhood education programs such as Head Start and State Preschool.
All Child Development Permits are renewable after 5 years by completing 105 hours of professional growth activities. This may include college courses, staff development activities and/or conference and workshop attendance.
A minimum grade of C is required in all Child Development courses applied toward the Child Development Permit.
Some Child Development Permits require 16 general education units. Recommended courses for this requirement are: Biology 10; English 1A, 27; Psychology 5 or Sociology 101 or Anthropology 2.
For further information, place contact a counselor or the Permit Specialist at 310-660-3593 ext. 3755 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparation for the Transfer Major
For information on specific university major requirements, please obtain a transfer curriculum guide sheet in the Counseling Services Center, consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center. You may use the transfer major requirements to help you fulfill your associate degree requirements.