Program Description

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 Science & Math Integration prepares students to incorporate science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) concepts into the classroom. 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 working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and 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 programs, 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 - Science & Math Integration 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 4-year institution.

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, Child Development - Science & Math Integration 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, Child Development - Science & Math Integration 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.

Requirements for the Site Supervisor Child Development Permit*:
Completion of the Certificate of Achievement, Child Development - Science & Math Integration major requirements, completion of an associate degree or 60 semester units, plus six additional units of course work in administration and supervision: CHDV 012A, Administration I: Programs; CHDV 012B, Administration II: Personnel and Leadership; and CHDV 119, Adult Supervision and Mentoring in Early Care and Education. 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. This experience must include at least 100 days of supervising adults in a child care and development program.

*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.

Program Outcomes

  1. Explain using original written and/or oral presentations, the theories and practices of the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children as related to STEM conceptual processing.
  2. Evaluate important factors in planning a STEM curriculum program, and the ethical issues involved in implementing this curriculum with young children.
  3. Compare and contrast the skills necessary for educators in working with and supporting diverse family, structures, and program practices.
  4. Support developmentally appropriate practices and all relevant curriculum standards in classroom application.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.


Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required units: 39

Required Courses

  • CHDV 010 - Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children (3)
  • CHDV 013A - Practicum in Child Development - A (2)
  • CHDV 013AF - Field Practice in Child Development - A (2)
  • 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 015 - Child, Family and Community (3)
  • CHDV 016 - Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
  • CHDV 017 - Teaching Children in a Diverse Society (3)
  • CHDV 020 - Introduction to Curriculum Planning (3)
  • CHDV 025A - Early Childhood Education STEM A - Mathematics (3)
  • CHDV 025B - Early Childhood STEM - Science (3)
  • ENGL 001A - Reading and Composition (4)
    or ENGL 001AH - Honors Reading and Composition (4)
    or ESL 033B - ESL Reading and Writing Level 5 (4)
    or ENGL 100 - Reading and Writing Skills (4)
  • PSYC 021 - Developmental Psychology: The Child (3)
    or PSYC 021H - Honors Development Psychology: The Child (3)

 Recommended Electives

  • CHDV 024B - Special Topics in Child Development - Curriculum (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.

Download AS Degree Requirements