Child Development

Child Development offers programs for career and transfer students. Certificates of Performance, Certificates of Achievement and Associate Degree programs are available to students interested in a range of child development opportunities and in meeting the requirements for the State of California Child Development Permits and the California State Department of Social Services, Title 22, Community Care Licensing.

Program Emphasis

The Child Development program offers course work, training and supervised practicum experiences to meet state licensing requirements for working in centers, schools, child care homes and service related agencies. The skills and knowledge gained in beginning courses provide the framework and foundation for more specialized courses.

Career Options

The San Diego Community College District offers certificates, degrees and transfer options in the field of Child Development/Early Childhood Education. The Family Child Care Certificate offered at City and Miramar and the Home Day Care Certificate offered at Mesa provides skills and knowledge for child care in family settings. The Infant/Toddler Care Certificate of Performance offers skills for working with children aged birth to three years. The School Age Child Care Certificate of Performance offered at City provides training for working with school age children. The Assistant Teacher Certificate of Performance prepares an individual to work in public and private child care settings. The Certificate of Achievement options, Associate Teacher, Teacher, and Master Teacher, prepare individuals for higher level instructional and service-oriented positions. The Assistant Teacher, Associate Teacher, Teacher, and Master Teacher certificates meet the requirements for the State of California Child Development Permits. The Child Development Associate in Science Degrees prepare for teacher, master teacher, director, and site supervisory positions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the program will be able to:

  • Interpret the processes of child growth and development.
  • Examine practices that respect and support inclusion.
  • Plan and demonstrate curriculum based on developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Model ethical practices with children, families, colleagues and communities as stated in the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.