Child Development

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

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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 California 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 development of their education plan to learn about the requirements of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Child Development 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

Learning Outcomes
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.