Child Development

Program Purpose:   Students who complete the Child Development program will be able to apply knowledge of the physical, psychological and cognitive development of children, as well as the professional skills to implement developmentally appropriate practices in high quality programming in child development, social services and early childhood education.

Program Description: The Child Development Program prepares students for an Associate Degree in Child Development, Certificate of Achievement, and the California Child Development Permit levels of Assistant, Associate Teacher, Teacher, Master teacher, and Site Supervisor. Further, students develop knowledge of the subject matter and skills needed for success in transferring to a college or university.


  1. Apply general knowledge of development in the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial domains from conception through early childhood, including knowledge about typical and atypical development.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of and skills in intentional teaching consistent with developmentally appropriate practices.
  3. Demonstrate principles of curriculum planning and environmental design that are consistent with current best practices and components of the California Early Learning system for Infants-Toddlers and Preschool.
  4. Demonstrate and apply professional and ethical standards of behavior in the college classroom or workplace with children, families, colleagues, and coworkers.