Program Description

Child Development is the study of the physical, socio‐ emotional and cognitive growth and development of the child from conception through age eight. Students completing the Child Development program pursue a wide variety of careers including infant/toddler care, preschool teaching (including Head Start), elementary and secondary education, early childhood special education, program administration, school counseling, child psychology, child advocacy, social work, and community services.   Completion of the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (AS‐T) ensures transfer students will complete the lower division general education requirements as well as the lower division major requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Child Development prior to transferring to a CSU.   The Child Development Program at Pasadena City College also offers Child Development Certificates for Child Development Permits from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Please visit the Child Development Website for more information.  

The Associate in Arts in Child Development for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of course work totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) or California State University General Education (CSU GE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements.)


Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements

Total Units for the Major: 25 Units

  • PSYC 021 - Development Psychology: The Child (3)
  • CHDV 010 - Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children (3)
  • CHDV 013A - Practicum in Child Development (2)
  • CHDV 013AF - Field Practice in Child Development-A (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)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpret theoretical teaching practices as defined within the field of child development and education, the history, diversity, philosophies and ethical standards.
  2. Identify the underlying theoretical perspective in forming a teaching and professional philosophy.
  3. Integrate understanding of children's development to maintain healthy, safe, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of classroom teaching strategies to improve teaching practices for all children, including the application of a variety of effective approaches, strategies, and techniques supporting positive relationships.