Child Development, with ECE Emphasis

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

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Associate in Arts Degree
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 for students specializing in Early Childhood Education. 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 Com- mission 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 with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.

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.

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

  • show proof of negative Tuberculosis as well as immunizations or immunity to Tetanus, Pertussis, and Diphtheria. Annual flu shots or physician’s exemption from the flu shot are also required prior to participating in the lab.
  • have the ability to pass a background check through the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Exemptions are granted by the Department of Social Services and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing on an individual basis.

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

  • provide service in the care, development, and education of culturally and linguistically diverse 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.
  • evaluate and assess research, curriculum, program practices, developmental assessments, and other issues in the field of child development and early childhood education.

Associate in Arts Degree
The 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.