Program Description

The Child Development Instructional Assistant curriculum provides students with the necessary skills to seek employment as assistants in instructional programs for young children. Opportunities are available for work with children in a variety of settings including: homes, schools, and public or private agencies concerned with the development and welfare of young children. The program focuses on child psychology, curriculum planning, developmentally appropriate practices, safety, anti-bias environment, and provides practical experience. CPR, First-Aid training, TB and fingerprint clearances are required.

Completion of this curriculum with a C or better grade allows the student to apply for the California Child Development permit at the Associate Teacher level.


Requirements for the Occupational Skills Certificate

Required Units: 16

Required Courses

Semester 1

  • CHDV 010 – Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children (3)
  • PSYC 021 – Developmental Psychology: The Child (3)

Semester 2

  • 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 020 – Introduction to Curriculum Planning (3) 

Recommended electives

  • ART 006 – Art Media for Early Childhood Education (3)
  • CHDV 016* – Health, Safety and Nutrition (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 118 – Language and Literacy in Early Childhood (3)
  • EDUC 030 – Teaching as a Profession (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)

*This class meets the CPR and First-Aid requirements.