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Major Roadmaps

Simplifying the path


child Development


This Roadmap is provided as a SAMPLE GUIDE showing what a full-time student's schedule MAY look like. There is no guarantee that all classes will be offered each semester or that classes will have space available. You must meet all prerequisite requirements prior to registering for a class.

Consult with an LMC Counselor, or contact Melissa Jackson in the Child Development department at
(925) 473-7637 for help planning your schedule. Visit the child development website for more information.


Degrees and Certificates:

Fall     Spring     Summer
  3 unitsCHDEV-001       3 unitsCHDEV-020*       6 unitsGE Requirements (AS-T only)
  3 unitsCHDEV-010* pathway to Assistant Certificate   3 unitsCHDEV-062 pathway to Associate Teacher    
  ENGL 100 (AS-T) 3 units       9 unitsGE Requirements** (AS-T)        
  GE Requirements/Electives** (AS-T Only) 9 units                


Fall year 2



Fall year 2

  3 unitsCHDEV-050       3 unitsCHDEV-065        
  3 unitsCHDEV-011       4 unitsCHDEV-090        
  9 unitsGE Requirements** (AS-T)       9 unitsGE Requirements** (AS-T)        

Certificate of Achievement
in ECE 25 Units


AS-T in ECE: 60-64** Units


* These courses double-count toward the major and GE requirements for transfer.

**The Child Development department has a list of recommended courses to take for General Education (GE) requirements. Please call (925) 439-2181 x3183 for complete information and to develop an education plan. Some GE courses are more units than others, therefore the total units required can vary.


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child Development PROGRAM

Careers in Child Development

The Child Development Department prepares you for careers with children, such as early childhood educators, Head Start teacher, family child care providers, center director/site supervisor and elementary school teacher. Courses in our department also ready you for transfer to 4 year universities in majors such as Human Development, Child Development, Liberal studies towards a teaching credential, and Early Childhood Education. Parents and future parents will also benefit from the coursework as it prepares all adults to work successfully with children. We also offer specialization coursework as it prepares you to work with infants and toddlers, children with special needs and school age children in addition to coursework that meets the requirements to become a center director/site supervisor. The curriculum is a combination of classroom teaching, laboratory practicum experiences and community site visits based on philosophy of active learning. Many courses are also available in an online format. Please see our Educational Advisor, Melissa Jackson for help planning your career in Child Development. She can be reached at 925-473-7637.


Preschool, Childcare and Elementary School Salary Averages in California:

Preschool Teacher, Except Special Education: $10.25-$23.48/hour

Teacher's Assistant: $19,300-$39,600 (hourly data not available)

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School: $43,700-$91,700 (hourly date not available)

Information gathered from onetonline.org which is sponsored by the Department of Labor, 2014

Associate in Science for Transfer, Certificate of Achievement
and College Skills Certificates

The Associate in Science Degree in Early Childhood Education for Transfer is a 60-unit degree program designed to prepare students to transfer and study child development, human development, and early childhood education. The program, which requires 25 units of lower division work in child development, is combined with the California State university General Education pattern of 40-42 units. Up to 6 units may be double-counted toward the 25 unit’s major coursework in the CSU GE pattern so the degree can be achieved in 60 units. Students will be prepared to take upper division courses their first semester after transferring. Typically, students who complete this program will be able to complete their upper division coursework in only two additional years.


The Associate in Science Degree in Early Childhood Education for Transfer also prepares students for entry and mid-level career options in child care, preschool education, special education, and before-and-after school programs. Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible to apply for the Teacher level permit on the Child Development Permit Matrix from the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Students will complete lower division courses in child growth and development, principles and practices in early childhood education, curriculum, observation, assessment, child/family/community relationships, diversity, health and safety, and a culminating student teaching practicum.


For the Certificate of Achievement in Child Development, complete 27-28 units of coursework listed above plus additional electives. For degree, certificate, waiver assistance and educational planning, contact the Department Education Advisor at 925-473-7637.


For the “Specialization” College Skills Certificates a variety of certificates are available which meet specialization requirements of the Child Development Permit Matrix issued by the State of California Commission of Teacher Preparation. Please refer to the catalog and contact the Child Development department at 925-473-7640 for more information.