Child Development

Child Development offers programs for career and transfer students. Certificates of Performance, Certificates of Achievement and Associate Degree programs are available to students interested in a range of child development pportunities and in meeting the requirements for the State of California Child Development Permits and the California State Department of Social Services, Title 22, Community Care Licensing.

Program Emphasis

The Child Development program offers course work, training and supervised practicum experiences to meet state licensing requirements for working in centers, schools, child care homes and service related agencies. The skills and knowledge gained in beginning courses provide the framework and foundation for more specialized courses.

Career/Transfer Options

The San Diego Community College District offers certificates, degrees and transfer options in the field of Child Development/Early Childhood Education.

  • The FAMILY CHILD CARE Certificate offered at City, Mesa, and Miramar and the HOME DAY CARE Certificate offered at Mesa provides skills and knowledge for child care in family settings.
  • The FAMILY AND CHILD RELATIONS Certificate offered at Miramar prepares students to work with families and their children in educational settings and service related agencies.
  • The INFANT/TODDLER CARE Certificate of Performance offers skills for working with children aged birth to three years.
  • The SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE Certifcate of Performance offered at City and MEsa provides training for working with school age children.
  • The ASSISTANT TEACHER Certificate of Performance prepares an individual to work in public and private child care settings.
  • The Certificate of Achievement options, ASSOCIATE TEACHER, TEACHER, and MASTER TEACHER, prepare individuals for higher level instructional positions.
  • The ASSISTANT TEACHER, ASSOCIATE TEACHER, TEACHER, and MASTER TEACHER certificates meet the requirements for the State of California Child Development Permits.
  • The Child Development Associate of Science Degrees prepare for teacher, master teacher, director, and site supervisory positions.

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in this discipline should consult with a counselor or visit the Transfer Center to determine the appropriate major preparation courses for their specific transfer institution and major. More information on transfer programs and procedures is available in the Transfer Guide section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Child Development Program will be able to:

  • Apply human development and growth theories and principles to early childhood settings.
  • Communicate effectively with children, families, staff and the community.
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum for children.

Catalog Pages

302 (CHIL)

Degrees & Certificates

Child Development

AA Degree AA or AS for Transfer AS Degree Certificate of Achievement Certificate of Performance Catalog Pages
Assistant Teacher       302 (CHIL)
Associate Teacher         302 (CHIL)
Child Development         302 (CHIL)
Family and Child Relations         302 (CHIL)
Family Child Care         302 (CHIL)
Human Development Studies         302 (CHIL)
Infant/Toddler Care         302 (CHIL)
Master Teacher         302 (CHIL)
Residential Care Workers         302 (CHIL)
Site Supervisor         302 (CHIL)
Teacher         302 (CHIL)

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