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Office: CCDC (R-111)

TOTAL UNITS

Child Development Degrees are awarded when students have completed the General Education Requirements plus:

27 units of Core Requirements

• Electives required in the chosen area of emphasis (Infants and toddlers, or Preschool children).

School Age Child Care Degrees are awarded when students have completed the General Education Requirements plus:

20 units of Core Requirements

• One School Age Child Care elective

 

Child Development

REQUIREMENTS for Degrees / Certificates

Courses are designed to partially meet lower division course preparation for students planning a bachelor’s degree in Child Development.

Course work meets the educational components of the Department of Social Services license regulations for child care programs.

The courses are also appropriate for parents, administrators, health care professionals and others working with children.

Review the Cuyamaca catalog class descriptions and the Degrees/Certificates PDFs for additional details.



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CHILD DEVELOPMENT
UNITS

The major consists of 27 units of core curriculum; remaining units are taken in an area of emphasis. Students must choose at least one area of emphasis.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements:
Course Name Units
CD-123 Introduction to programs and curriculum
for young children
3
CD-125 Child growth and development 3
CD-126 Art for child development 3
CD-127 Science and mathematics for child development 3
CD-128 Music and movement for child development 3
CD-129 Language and literature for child development 3
CD-131 Child, family and community 3
CD-134 Health, safety and nutrition for teachers of  young children 3
CD-141 Working with children with special needs 3

CHOOSE ONE OF THESE  TWO AREAS OF EMPHASIS
Infants and Toddlers:
Course Name Units
CD-124 Infant and toddler development 3
CD-132 Field experience seminar 3
CD-143 Infant/toddler curriculum 3
CD-170 Field experience with infants and toddlers 2
Preschool Children:
Course Name Units
CD-130 Curriculum: Developmentally appropriate practices 3
CD-132 Field experience seminar 3
CD-133 Field experience for child development 2

Students who complete the courses required for the major, including an area of emphasis, qualify for a Certificate of Achievement in Child Development in that area of emphasis.

RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES & CONTINUING EDUCATION
Course Name Units
CD-124 Infant and toddler development 3
CD-135 Parent-child interaction 3
CD-139 Infant/parent development 2
CD-145 Child abuse and family violence in our society 3
CD-157 Food and nutrition for children 3

 

SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE
UNITS

Designed to prepare students for employment in child care programs for elementary school age children. Certificate requirements meet the Title 22 licensing standards for teachers in school age child care programs. Some courses also meet prerequisites for students who wish to transfer to elementary education programs.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements:
Course Name Units
CD-125 Child growth and development 3
CD-131 Child, family and community 3
CD-132 Field experience seminar 3
CD-134 Health, safety and nutrition for teachers of  young children 3
CD-148 Curriculum for school age child care 3
CD-149 School age child care program planning 3
CD-150 Field experience for school age child care 2
Select one:
Course Name Units
CD-137 Administration of child development programs I 3
CD-141 Working with children with special needs 3
CD-145 Child abuse and family violence in our society 3
CD-157 Food and nutrition for children 3
ED-110 Introduction to American Education 3
ES-253 Physical Education in Elementary Schools 3
MATH-125 Structure and Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I 3
MATH-126 Structure and Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II 3
MUS-118 Introduction to Music 4

Students who complete the courses required for the major qualify for a Certificate of Achievement in School Age Child Care.

 

CERTIFICATES OF SPECIALIZATION
UNITS
EARLYCHILDHOOD INTERVENTION:

This certificate prepares students for entry-level positions and greater opportunities for advancement in the early childhood field.

It is designed to demonstrate an area of expertise in working with young children with special needs in typical early childhood programs and programs specifically designed for young children with special needs.

Students completing the certificate may find employment as an inclusion specialist, inclusion aide, or intervention assistant in a wide variety of programs serving young children with special needs.

These programs include but are not limited to:

Head Start Intervention programs  
State preschools Home visit programs  
Special day classes Community-based programs such as park, recreation and camping programs  
  Faith-based early childhood programs  
Course Name Units
CD-125 Child growth and development 3
CD-134 Health, safety and nutrition for teachers of  young children 3
CD-141 Working with children with special needs 3
Select 2:
Course Name Units
CD-126 Art for child development 3
CD-127 Science and mathematics for child development 3
CD-128 Music and movement for child development 3
CD-129 Language and literature for child development 3
CD-131 Child, family and community 3
RECREATIONAL LEADERSHIP–OUTDOOR PROGRAMS

This certificate offers specific training for an entry-level position or for advancement in child care and outdoor programs for children and families. It is designed to demonstrate an area of expertise that may be used to attain employment in outdoor recreational programs.

Students who complete the requirements below and hold a current First Aid/CPR certification qualify for the certificate.

Students completing the certificate may find employment with school age child care programs and with public, private and commercial park and recreation agencies. They may work with agencies serving youth and families, and with leisure-related businesses and tourism agencies.

Career opportunities include:

Naturalists Camping guides
Outdoor education specialists Arts and crafts leaders
Park interpreters Park and recreation class
teachers and aides
Course Name Units
CD-125 Child growth and development 3
CD-157 Food and nutrition for children 3
CD-200 Introduction to outdoor education programs 1
CD-201 Creative activities for outdoor programs 1
CD-202 Field experience for recreational leadership 1
ES-253 Physical Education in Elementary Schools 3
ES-270 Cooperative Games 1 1

NOTE: Course choices for transfer and the Associate Degree may differ between Cuyamaca and Grossmont Colleges. Each college strongly recommends that students visit the Counseling Centers for specific information if they plan to attend both campuses.

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General Education Requirements

To earn your AA or AS degree, or to move on to higher education, you must also complete the General Education Requirements.  Because there are occasional updates, check with a counselor for the most current information.

Career Technical Education

This web site is supported by Carl D. Perkins VTEA IC funds through the System. Office, California Community Colleges,
Grant #08-C01-020

Revised  July 28, 2011
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