Child Development

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

Early Childhood Education Program Contacts

Early Childhood Education Program Links

View & Download Official Catalog Programs and Course Listings of this Department

Program Information
This program provides preparation for employment in early care and
education settings and for further study in child development. The
coursework includes foundational courses in the field including the
areas of typical and atypical development, the ecology of childhood,
culture, and developmentally appropriate practices. This degree was
designed in collaboration with the Child Development faculty of Cali-
fornia State University Sacramento to provide a foundation for transfer
into the Child Development program at CSUS.

Career Opportunities
Students receiving an A.A. degree in Child Development are eligible
for employment in the diverse early care and education field. Students
who successfully complete this program may serve as educators in
classrooms or as employees in other settings that require knowledge of
child development and best practices in early care and education. This
degree prepares students for further study in child development by
offering foundational theoretical courses. Students are advised to meet
with the Early Childhood Education Coordinator during the develop-
ment of their education plan to learn about the requirements of the
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Child Devel-
opment Permit Process as well as the opportunities to transfer into the
California State University Sacramento Child Development Department.

Enrollment Eligibility
To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the
following criteria:

  • ability to pass the Criminal Record Clearance or receive an
    exemption proving eligibility to work with children
  • test negative for tuberculosis

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • provide service in the care, development, and education of children
    in early care and education settings.
  • demonstrate knowledge of typical and atypical development of
    children and the many factors influencing development.
  • compare and contrast developmentally appropriate educational
    practices with those that are inappropriate.
  • recognize the importance of early childhood as a unique time in
    children’s development that requires specialized developmentally
    appropriate activities, routines, interactions, and guidance.
  • recognize, respect, and integrate the individualized needs of diverse
    children and families, including those with special needs, into their
    early care and education program.
  • evaluate and assess research, curriculum, program practices,
    developmental assessments, and other issues in the field of child
    development and early childhood education.
  • construct an eclectic understanding and appreciation of child
    development that synthesizes development theories, research, and
    experience into a foundation for practice.

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)
The Child Development Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.