Child Development

Certificate in Child Development

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Courses required for the major*, with suggested 2-year sequence:

  • First semester Units
    CHDEV 1 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3 Units
    CHDEV 10 Child Growth and Development 3 Units

  • Second semester
    CHDEV 11 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Programs 3 Units
    CHDEV 62 Curriculum Foundations for the Young Child 3 Units
    CHDEV 83 Units** Field Experience 3 Units
  • ** This class requirement may be waived if you have been employed in a child care program for at least 6 months.
  • Third semester
    CHDEV 50 Anti-bias and Multicultural Education for the Young Child 3 Units
  • CHDEV 20 Child Family and Community 3 Units
    Elective(s)* 2-3 Units

    Fourth semester
  • CHDEV 65 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3 units
  • CHDEV 90 Student Teaching Practicum 4 Units

Total Required Units in Major Courses 24-28
* Electives include:

CHDEV 12 Parenting Seminar 2 units
CHDEV 22 Behavior Management 2 Units
CHDEV 25 Creative Arts for the Young Child 2 Units
CHDEV 77 Working with Drug-Exposed Children from Birth to 5 years of Age 2 Units
CHDEV 92 Adult Supervision/Mentor Teacher Training 2 units

College Skills Certificates :
These certificates meet requirements for the Assistant Teacher, Associate Teacher, Teacher, Master Teacher, and Site Supervisor levels of the Child Development Permit Matrix issued by the State of California Commission of Teacher Preparation.

Assistant Teacher Certificate
CHDEV 1 Introduction to Early Childhood Studies 3 Units
CHDEV 10 Child Growth and Development 3 Units
Total units required 6

Associate Teacher Certificate
CHDEV 1 Introduction to Early Childhood Studies 3 Units
CHDEV 10 Child Growth and Development 3 Units
CHDEV 20 Child, Family, and Community 3 Units
CHDEV 62 Curriculum Foundations for the Young Child 3 Units
CHDEV Electives 2 Units
CHDEV 83* Field Experience at Community Programs 3 Units*
* or completion of 175 days of paid or volunteer experience in a licensed child care program. 16 units of general education in college level English, Humanities, Social Studies, plus Math and/or Science 16.
Total units required 12-15

"Specialization" College Skills Certificates:
These certificates of completion requirements meet specialization requirements of the Child Development Permit Matrix issued by the State of California Commission of Teacher Preparation.

Infant/Toddler Care Specialization Certificate
CHDEV 40 Infant and Toddler Development 3 Units
CHDEV 41 Infant and Toddler Practicum 3 Units
Total units required 6

Special Needs Care & Education Specialization Certificate
CHDEV 55 The Special Needs Child 3 Units
CHDEV 57 Methods and Materials for the Special Needs Child 3 Units
Total units required 6

Administration of Early Childhood Programs Specialization Certificate
CHDEV 95 Supervision and Administration Part 1 3 Units
CHDEV 96 Supervision and Administration Part 11 3 Units
CHDEV 92 Adult Supervision/Mentor Teaching 2
Total units required 8

School Age Child Care Specialization
CHDEV 3 Units2 The School Age Child 3 Units
CHDEV 3 Units3 Units School Age Practicum 3 Units
Total units required 6

For State of California Child Development Permit requirements, visit http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/CREDS/child-dev-permits.html