Simplifying the path
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:
"Specialization" College Skills Certificates:
|CHDEV-001||CHDEV-020*||GE Requirements (AS-T only)|
|CHDEV-010*||Assistant Certificate||CHDEV-062||Associate Teacher|
|ENGL 100 (AS-T)||GE Requirements** (AS-T)|
|GE Requirements/Electives** (AS-T Only)|
|GE Requirements** (AS-T)||GE Requirements** (AS-T)|
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 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)
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.