Child Development

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What is Child Development?

Successful completion of specific Child Development courses fulfills the Early Childhood (ECE) requirements for the California Department of Social Services, Title 22 Regulations, to work in licensed childcare settings.   In addition, successful completion of specific Child Development courses fulfills the education requirements for a Child develoment permit, offered by the Califiornia Commission on Teacher Credentialing at various levels:  Assistant, Associate Teacher, Teacher, Master Teacher, Site Supervisor and Program Director. 

The Child Development program trains students to work with infants, toddlers, preschool, and school age children in both center-based and family child care environments. The courses offered by the program can also be used by those working in the field of child development to upgrade their knowledge and skills.

Career Opportunities

A career in Child Development involves working with children to overcome emotional, social, and intellectual challenges.  Professionals in Child Development usually work with children in preschool, toddlers, and infants. Career opportunities include working as teachers and teaching assistants, researchers, and counselors.

Job prospects in this field are good, according to the 2011-12 Occupational Outlook Handbook: "Employment of childcare workers is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of increases in the number of children who require childcare and continued demand for preschool programs."

Staff

Department ChairJennifer Parker
Phone Number 805-289-6272
Office:  MCW-315

Area Dean Kathleen Schrader
Phone Number 805-289-6430
Office: MCW-313

Degrees and Certificates Offered

  • Associate in Science
  • Certificate of Achievement

Student Learning Outcomes

CD V01 Introduction to Careers in Early Childhood Education

1. SLO: Develop a plan for accomplishing career goals including coursework to be completed and a timeline for completion.   Assessment: Career and Education Goals assignment

 2. SLO: Students will identify VC student services that can support them in reaching their career goals. Assessment: Quiz

CD V05 Teaching in a Diverse Society

1. SLO: Students will be able to articulate the four main goals of diversity education.  Assessment: Quiz

2. SLO: Students will develop a diversity philosophy statement showing awareness and sensitivity toward issues of diversity.  Assessment: Diversity philosophy parent letter or policy statement

CD V09 Field Work: Child Development

1. SLO: Demonstrate an awareness of elements of the care of children in a child care setting. Assessment: Weekly written reflections

2. SLO: Actively and appropriately participate in the care of children in a child care setting.  Assessment: Observation.

CD V11 Language arts and Literacy Experiences for Young Children

1. SLO: Identify and evaluate various genres of children’s literature.  Assessment: Checklist

2. SLO: Students will demonstrate skills in dialogic reading.  Assessment: Dialogic reading assignment

CD V14 Creative Arts Experiences for Young Children

1. SLO: Explain the difference between free art, directed art, and craft and which of these are appropriate for different ages of children.     Assessment: Parent letter on Art in the Preschool Classroom

2. SLO: Develop a comprehensive art lesson plan for preschool age children with modifications for infant/toddler, school age, and children with special needs.   Assessment : Lesson plan assignment

CD V19 Math and Science in Early Childhood

1. SLO: Develop a comprehensive science lesson plan for preschool age children.   Assessment: Lesson plan assignment

 2. SLO: Create math activities (grid or path game) appropriate for preschool age children.  Assessment: Grid or path game with lesson plan

CD V24 Child Nutrition, Health and Safety

1. SLO: Students will demonstrate knowledge of regulations from the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (Title22).   Assessment: Multiple choice exam

2. SLO: Students will evaluate classroom and materials for safety.  Assessment: Through class discussion, students will evaluate pictures and video clips for safety hazards of an early childhood environment and teacher practices for safety hazards. (Observable)

3. SLO: Students will demonstrate conducting a daily health check.  Assessment: Students will be provided with scenarios of various health conditions and discuss appropriate teacher responses (Observation)

CD V28 Developmental Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers

1. SLO: Recognize and evaluate elements of responsive care of infants and toddlers.  Assessment: Infant/Toddler center-based report

2. SLO: Relate infant development to responsive caregiving practices.  Assessment: Philosophy assignment

3. SLO: Demonstrate knowledge of quality care components of a physical environment for infants/toddlers.  Assessment: Create a pictorial representation of an infant/toddler environment (observable)

CD V29 Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Education

1. SLO: Analyze personal competencies as childhood teachers and develop a professional growth plan.  Assessment: Professional competencies and growth plan assignment

2. SLO: Observe, assess, and evaluate a co-worker based on criteria of best practices in curriculum planning and implementation, assessment, interactions with children, health and safety practices, child guidance, and classroom management.   Assessment: Mentoring project

3. SLO: Demonstrate mentoring skills in responding to and supporting a protégé.   Assessment: Students respond to class scenarios (observable)

CD V61 Child, Family and Community

1. SLO: Students will complete a socio-gram that demonstrates how two or more theories of socialization have influenced their personal lives and the interrelationship of child, family and community.   Assessment: Socialization assignment

2. SLO: Students will research, summarize and orally report on the services and contact information of a community agency.    Assessment: Each student will create a summary of their research of a community agency and present an oral report. (Requires grading rubric)

3. SLO: Students will describe important strategies for building respectful reciprocal relationships with and among children, families, schools and communities. Assessment: Students will be given a variety of child and family scenarios and discuss strategies to build relationships with and among children, families, schools, and communities. (Observable)

4. SLO: Students will discuss how educational, political, cultural and socioeconomic factors are currently impacting the lives of children and families. Assessment: Each student will research one current societal influence impacting children and families and participate in related group discussions. (Grading rubric under development)

CD V62 Introduction to Programs in Child Development and Curricula

1. SLO: Develop and articulate a professional philosophy that reflects knowledge and understanding of major theories of child development.  Assessment: Each student will write a professional philosophy statement that demonstrates understanding of major theories of child development. (Grading rubric under development)

2. SLO: Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of developmentally appropriate strategies for guiding children.   Assessment: Students will respond with appropriate child guidance strategies to a variety of behavioral scenarios of children. (Observable)

3. SLO: Examine play as a means of developing skills, knowledge, dispositions, and strengthening relationships among young children.  Assessment: Students will play with developmentally appropriate children’s materials, identify skills and knowledge that are developed as a result of play, and complete a written reflection relating play to learning.

CD V63 Introduction to Curriculum in Child Development

1. SLO: Write a comprehensive lesson plan.  Assessment: Lesson plan

2. SLO: Develop a teaching resource file. Assessment: Teacher resource file

3. SLO: Explain why play is major vehicle for children’s learning.  Assessment: Parent letter

CD V64A Practicum in Child Development: Observation and Assessment

1. SLO: Demonstrate skills in observing children’s behaviors and accurately using assessment tools.  Assessment: Test (applying principles of observation, assessment, and evaluation to a video clip of children)

2. SLO: Demonstrate skills in evaluating assessments and informing curriculum plans.  Assessment: Assessment analysis evaluation plan

3. SLO: Demonstrate skills in scoring and analyzing classroom using the ECERS-r.  Assessment: ECERS-r assignment

CD V64B Practicum in Child Development: Field Experience

1. SLO: Demonstrate skills of best practices in curriculum planning and implementation, child and classroom assessment, interactions with children, health and safety practices, child guidance, and classroom management.  Assessment: Anecdotal and running record assessment of student teaching experience

2. SLO: Demonstrate reflective practices.   Assessment: Curriculum development plan

 HEC V23 Child Growth and Development

1. SLO: Students will demonstrate knowledge of key ideas of major theories of human development. (Piaget, Erikson, Gardner, Vygotsky, behaviorists, Kohlberg & Gilligan, attachment, temperament)  Assessment: Exam

2. SLO: Students will apply key ideas of major theories of human development to direct study of individuals. Assessment: Each student will observe a child and develop a written analysis of the observation in terms of developmental theories.

3. SLO: Students will demonstrate understanding of how heredity and environment are inextricably interrelated.    Assessment: Students will discuss the relationship between heredity and environment through an in-class problem solving assignment. (Observable)

4. SLO: Students will demonstrate understanding of how people change or remain the same throughout their lifetime and how key developmental issues evolve throughout the childhood and adolescence.   Assessment: Each student will write a life review assignment in which they reflect on their own developmental stage and project future changes.(Requires a rubric)

HEC V24 Human Development

1. SLO: Students will demonstrate knowledge of key ideas of major theories of human development. (Piaget, Erikson, Gardner, Vygotsky, behaviorists, Kohlberg & Gilligan, attachment, temperament, Sternberg- lifespan, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross)   Assessment: Exam

2. SLO: Students will apply key ideas of major theories of human development to direct study of individuals. Assessment: Each student will observe a child and develop a written analysis of the observation in terms of developmental theories.

3. SLO: Students will demonstrate understanding of how heredity and environment are inextricably interrelated.  Assessment: Students will discuss the relationship between heredity and environment through an in-class problem solving assignment. (Observable)

4. SLO: Students will demonstrate understanding of how people change or remain the same throughout their lifetime and how key developmental issues evolve throughout the childhood and adolescence. Assessment: Each student will write a life review assignment in which they reflect on their own developmental stage and project future changes.

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