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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) 439-2181 x3183 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

LMC's Child Development program trains students to become caregivers, assistants, teachers, supervisors and directors of infant, preschool, schoolage, and special needs children. Our programs are designed to meet the requirements for obtaining Child Development Permits for the state of California. Please see our Educational Advisor, Melissa Jackson for help planning your career in Child Development. She can be reached at 925.439.2181 x 3183.


Preschool, Childcare and Elementary School Salary Averages in California:

Preschool Teacher's Assistant and Associate Teacher: $9.35 - $19.56/hr

Preschool Teacher: $10.06 - $22.29/hr

Site Supervisor, Administrator, Program Director: $14.56 - $43.36/hr

Elementary School Teacher: $31,000 - $91,000 per Year (hourly data not available)

Special Education Elementary School Teacher: $41,000 - $93,100 per Year (hourly data not available)

Information gathered by Career One Stop (www.careerinfonet.org) which is sponsored by the Department of Labor, 2012

AS-T Degree, Certificate of Achievement
and Specialization Certificates

The Certificate of Achievement requires completion of 25 units of coursework listed above. Once all coursework is completed, you will be eligilbe to obtain a Teacher Level permit. To obtain a Master Teacher Level permit, complete CHDEV 92 plus 6 additional units in a specialization.


"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) 439-2181 x3183 for more information.


The Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education for transfer (AS-T) 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 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.