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CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Division of Business and Career Technical Education

Division of Business and Career Technical Education
​Dean:
Von Lawson​
Department Chair (Child Development):Regina Lamourelle
Location:U-83
Phone:(714) 628-4883


The early childhood certificates offer students fundamental knowledge about the young child from conception through the early elementary years, providing developmentally appropriate learning opportunities to meet the social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and education needs of the child. The early childhood certificates emphasize infant/ toddler, preschool, and school-age courses necessary for employment in state-licensed Title 22, publicly funded Title 5 programs and religious affiliated programs. These certificates are also recommended courses for those who work as licensed family child care providers, nannies, or recreation child care workers (cruise, exercise, or retail child care establishments).

The Infant/Toddler and Preschool certificates prepare students for extended study in infant/toddler development or early learning to obtain an associate or a baccalaureate degree in child development or employment as an infant-toddler or preschool program director, teacher, or other specialist working with young children and families. The school age certificate of proficiency prepares students who are seeking to work with elementary age children in an afterschool, camp, cruise, or family day care setting. All three certificates lead to child development permits and require that students show negative TB test results.

The Associate in Arts in Child and Adolescent Development for Transfer (AA-T) prepares a student to enter a California State University (CSU) as a junior to complete a baccalaureate degree in Child Development, Human Development, Child and Adolescent Studies, or Early Childhood Education. Upon completion of the AA-T in Child and Adolescent Development, students will have a general understanding of developmental theories as they pertain to the development, care, and education of young children. Students will demonstrate skill and knowledge in preparing developmentally-appropriate environments, curriculum, and assessments as they work professionally with families and team members and qualify for a Children's Center Permit.

The Associate Degree in Science in Early Childhood Education prepares students to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in Child Development or a related field of study. Students will gain general knowledge and experience in early childhood education topics enabling them to obtain a Child Development Center Permit and meet the standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children for appropriate teaching practices in early learning settings.

The Certificate of Proficiency in Infant/Toddler meets the minimum requirements for beginning early learning professionals employed or seeking employment as teachers and/or aides in privately owned and church affiliated (Title 22) or publically funded (Title 5) programs serving infants and toddlers. This certificate is also recommended for licensed Family Day Care Providers or Nannies.

A NEGATIVE TB TEST RESULT AND STATE-MANDATED IMMUNIZATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR CERTIFICATE COMPLETION.

The Certificate of Proficiency in Preschool meets the minimum California Community Care Licensing requirements for beginning early learning professionals employed or seeking employment as teachers and/or aides in privately owned or religious affiliated (Title 22) or publically funded (Title 5) programs serving preschoolers 2-5. This certificate is also recommended for licensed family child care providers, nannies, or early childhood recreation workers. Completion of this award leads to the Preschool Children's Center Permit.

A NEGATIVE TB TEST RESULT AND STATE-MANDATED IMMUNIZATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR CERTIFICATE COMPLETION.

The Certificate of Proficiency in the School-Age Child is intended to prepare students to meet California Community Care Licensing requirements for positions requiring practical skills and knowledge to work with school-age children (PreK-Grade 3) in Title 22 (privately owned), Title 5 (publically funded) or religious affiliated after-school programs, family child care homes, cruise or camp settings, or nannies. Completion of this certificate leads to a School-Age Children's Center Permit.

A NEGATIVE TB TEST RESULT AND STATE-MANDATED IMMUNIZATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR CERTIFICATE COMPLETION.