Program Description

The curriculum focuses on children, from infancy through school age. Courses provide foundations and prepare students for careers in child care, sociology, social work, education, special education and psychology. Opportunities are available for work with children in a variety of settings including homes, schools, hospitals, and public and non-profit agencies concerned with the development and welfare of children. CPR, First-aid training, TB and fingerprint clearances are required for certificates in child development.

Requirements for the Associate Teacher Child Development Permit*:

Completion of 16 core units as follows: PSYC 021 or PSYC 121, CHDV 010, CHDV 015 and CHDV 020 or CHDV 016, and CHDV 013A. Completion of these courses with a C or better must be verified by official transcripts.

Requirements for the Teacher Child Development Permit*:

Completion of the Certificate of Achievement 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. The Administration Specialization (CHDV 112A and CHDV 112B) does not meet the State of California Child Development Permit requirements for the “Teacher” permit.

Requirements for the Master Teacher Child Development Permit*:

Completion of the Certificate of Achievement requirements plus 16 additional general education units as follows: at least one course each in Humanities, Social Sciences, Math and/or Science, and English; a minimum (6 unit) specialization option, and CHDV 119, Child Development Mentor Teacher Practices. Completion of these courses with a C or better must be verified by official transcripts. The Administration Specialization (CHDV 112A and CHDV 112B) does not meet the State of California Child Development Permit requirements for the “Master Teacher” permit.

Requirements for the Site Supervisor Child Development Permit*

Completion of the Certificate of Achievement requirements including A.A., CHDV 112A, Administrative Issues, CHDV 112B, Advanced Administrative Issues and CHDV 119, Child Development Mentor Teacher Practices. Completion of these courses with a C or better must be verified by official transcripts.

*Permits are issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate through original written and/or oral presentations their ability to identify the theories and practices of the social, emotional, creative, cognitive and physical development of young children.
  2. Students will demonstrate an awareness of and evaluate important factors in planning in childcare facilities and the ethical issues involved in working with young children.
  3. Students will demonstrate responsibility as self-directed learners and facilitators of the practical application of theoretical concepts through structured interaction in child care settings.
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding for the planning and guiding of learning activities.
  5.  Students will demonstrate competency upon completion of structured mentoring experiences in approved learning partnerships with private industry.
  6. Students will compare and contrast the skills necessary in working with and supporting families, diversity and program practices.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required units: 37-45

Required Courses

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester I

  • CHDV 010 – Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children (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)

  • PSYC 021 – Developmental Psychology: The Child (3)

or PSYC 121 – Psychology of Child Development (3)

 * Depending on initial placement, students may be required to take additional English and ESL courses.

 Semester II

  • CHDV 013A – Practicum in Child Development–A (2)
  • CHDV 020 – Introduction to Curriculum Planning (3)

 Semester III

  • CHDV 013B – Practicum in Child Development-B (2)
  • CHDV 015 – Child, Family and Community (3)

 Semester IV

  • CHDV 013C – Child Development Field Practice (4)
  • CHDV 016 – Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)

 

Required Electives

6 units from the electives listed below:

  • ART 006 – Art Media for Early Childhood Education (3)
  • CHDV 011 – Infant and Toddler Development (3)
  • CHDV 017 – Teaching Children in a Diverse Society (3)
  • CHDV 024A – Special Topics in Child Development–Health and Safety (2)
  • CHDV 024B – Special Topics in Child Development–Curriculum (2)
  • CHDV 024C – Special Topics in Child Development–The Young Child (2)
  • CHDV 024D – Special Topics in Child Development–Working with Parents (2)
  • CHDV 024E – Special Topics in Child Development–Multicultural Issues (2)
  • CHDV 024F – Special Topics in Child Development–Discipline (2)
  • CHDV 024G – Special Topics in Child Development–Environment (2)
  • CHDV 024H – Special Topics in Child Development–Administration (2)
  • CHDV 030 – Introduction to Children with Special Needs (3)
  • CHDV 035 – Introduction to Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs (3)
  • CHDV 105 – Children with Challenging Behaviors (3)
  • CHDV 118 – Language and Literacy in Early Childhood (3)
  • CHDV 196 – Child Development Laboratory (1)
  • DANC 025 – Movement for Child Development (2)
  • EDUC 131 – Introduction to the School-Age Child (3)
  • EDUC 132 – Curriculum for School-Age Children (3)
  • ENGL 059 – Children's Literature (3)
  • KINT 027C – Early Childhood Physical Education (2)
  • MUSC 030 – Music for Early Childhood Education (3)
  • MUSC 130 – Music Education for Young Children (3)
  • MUSC 131 – Multicultural Music Materials for Young Children (3)
  • MUSC 135 – Curriculum Applications of Music in Early Childhood Education (3)

OR select a specialization.

Specialization Options:

Infant/Toddler (6 units)

  • CHDV 011 – Infant and Toddler Development (3)
  • CHDV 030 – Introduction to Children with Special Needs (3)

 Multicultural Awareness (6 units)

  • CHDV 017 – Teaching Children in a Diverse Society (3)
  • MUSC 131 – Multicultural Music Materials for Young Children (3)

 Language/Literacy (6 units)

  • CHDV 118 – Language and Literacy in Early Childhood (3)
  • ENGL 059 – Children's Literature (3)

School Age Children (6 units)

  • EDUC 131 – Introduction to the School-Age Child (3)
  • EDUC 132 – Curriculum for School-Age Children (3)

 Children with Special Needs (8 units)

  • CHDV 035 – Introduction to Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs (3)
  • CHDV 105 – Children with Challenging Behaviors (3)
  • CHDV 122 – Practicum in Early Intervention/Special Education (2)

 Preschool Music Education (14 units)

  • MUSC 030 – Music for Early Childhood Education (3)
    or MUSC 130 – Music for Early Childhood Education (3)
  • MUSC 131 – Multicultural Music Materials for Young Children (3)
  • MUSC 134 – Music Development & Assessment for Young Children (3)
  • MUSC 135 – Curriculum Applications of Music in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • DANC 025 - Movement for Child Development (2)
    or KINT 027C – Early Childhood Physical Education (2)

 *Administration (6 units)

  • CHDV 112A – Administration (3)
  • CHDV 112B – Advanced Administrative Issues (3)

 *This option does not qualify for the State of California Child Development Permit for "Teacher" and "Master Teacher," but does qualify for the Pasadena City College Certificate of Achievement.

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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.

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