Child Development - Multicultural Awareness
The field of child development/early childhood education studies involves the study of the developmental patterns and learning theories of children from birth to age twelve. The Certificate of Achievement Child Development Multicultural Awareness gives students additional insight into the diverse students and family populations. Professionals in this field invoke the term development as a way to understand the child's growth and learning and to inform practice. The Child Development (CHDV) discipline at Pasadena City College offers a curriculum that guides students on various pathways, which may include the attainment of a Transfer Degree (wherein, they can transfer to a 4-year institution and obtain advanced degrees), or an Associate of Science Degree, and/or a Certificate of Achievement in Child Development that will lead students to immediate career opportunities that can work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children with special needs.
Courses provide a theoretical foundation and prepare students for careers in Teaching in Early Care and Education schools such as infant, toddler, preschool, or Transitional Kindergarten (TK) programs, Elementary Schools (public or private), Before-and After-school program, Family Child Care Homes, General Education Settings including parks and recreation programs, Medical Centers/Hospitals as a Child Life Specialist, Private Households, non-profit and governmental agencies concerned with the welfare of children, and Social and Human Service programs. Child Development coursework can also lead to work with elementary and secondary age students in a credentialed teaching position.
The Certificate of Achievement Child Development Multicultural Awareness meets the coursework requirement for the California Child Development Teacher (or Master Teacher) permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for employment in Public School Programs (Title 5) and for employment in community care facilities under Title 22 of the California State Department of Social Services. Additionally, a number of courses (1-99) meet General Education requirements for the Associate of Science Degree and Associate in Science for Transfer Degree. Completion of the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) Degree in Early Childhood Education ensures transfer students will complete the lower division general education requirements as well as many lower division major requirements for a bachelor's degree in Child Development prior to transferring to a CSU.
Requirements for the Associate Teacher Child Development Permit*:
Completion of 16 required core units as follows: PSYC 021, CHDV 010, CHDV 015, CHDV 020, and CHDV 013A and CHDV 013AF. Completion of these courses with a C or better must be verified by official transcripts. At least 50 days of experience in an instructional capacity, working at least three hours per day within the last two years in a child care and development program is also required.
Requirements for the Teacher Child Development Permit*:
Completion of the Certificate of Achievement Multicultural Awareness major requirements plus 16 additional general education units as follows: at least one course each in Humanities, Social Sciences, Math and/or Science, and English. Completion of these courses with a C or better must be verified by official transcripts. 175 days of experience in an instructional capacity, working at least three hours per day within the last four years in a child care and development program is also required.
Requirements for the Master Teacher Child Development Permit*:
Completion of the Certificate of Achievement - Multicultural Awareness major requirements, six additional units in one area of specialization (infant-toddler, multi-cultural, math and science, early intervention, special education, language and literacy or administration), two units of Adult Supervision course work (CHDV 119), plus 16 additional general education units as follows: at least one course each in Humanities, Social Sciences, Math and/or Science, and English; completion of these courses with a C or better must be verified by official transcripts. 350 days of experience in an instructional capacity, working at least three hours per day within the last four years in a child care and development program is also required.
*Permits are issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.*Depending on initial placement, students may be required to take additional English and ESL courses.
A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.
Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement
Required units: 36
- CHDV 010 – Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children (3)
- PSYC 021 – Developmental Psychology: The Child (3)
PSYC 021H – Honors Development Psychology: The Child (3)
- CHDV 013A – Practicum in Child Development-A (2)
- CHDV 013AF – Field Practice in Child Development – A (2)
- CHDV 015 – Child, Family and Community (3)
- CHDV 017 – Teaching Children in a Diverse Society (3)
- ENGL 100 – Reading and Writing Skills (4)
or ESL 033B – ESL Reading and Writing – Level 5 (4)
or ENGL 001A – Reading and Composition (4)
or ENGL 001AH - Honors Reading and Composition (4)
- CHDV 013B – Practicum in Child Development-B (2)
- CHDV 013BF – Field Practice in Child Development B (2)
- CHDV 014 – Observation and Assessment of Young Children (3)
- CHDV 016 – Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
- CHDV 020 – Introduction to Curriculum Planning (3)
- MUSC 131 – Multicultural Music Materials for Young Children (3)
- CHDV 024B – Special Topics in Child Development - Curriculum (2)
- CHDV 024E – Special Topics in Child Development - Multicultural Issues (2)
Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement
An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.
To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.