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Child Development (AA) Child Development Total Units: 31
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Term Effective: Fall 2017


This major will prepare students for careers in Child Care and Preschool Education. It parallels the academic requirements of the Child Development Teacher Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate an understanding of the potential, the characteristics, and the multiple influences on the development of children into the delivery of high quality care and education programs;
  2. design, implement and evaluate play based environments and activities that support developmentally appropriate learning outcomes for all young children;
  3. apply effective guidance and interaction strategies that support all children's social learning, identity and self-esteem;
  4. develop strategies that promote relationships between programs, teachers, families and their communities; and
  5. demonstrate ethical standards and professional behaviors that reflect understanding, knowledge and a commitment to the field of early childhood education and care.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Child Development (AA) program are:

  • Complete 31 units from
    • Child Development Major Requirements
    • Child Development Electives
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Child Development Major Requirements - complete 27.00 units
CHLD 10Child Growth and Development3.00
CHLD 51Principles and Practices of Early Childhood Education3.00
CHLD 66Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum6.00
CHLD 68Working With Children and Families in a Diverse Society3.00
CHLD 90.1Child, Family, Community Interrelationships3.00
CHLD 90.2Observation and Assessment of Young Children3.00
CHLD 90.3Health, Safety and Nutrition for the Young Child3.00
CHLD 90.4Introduction to Curriculum3.00
Child Development Electives - complete 3.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CHLD 53AIntroduction to Children with Special Needs3.00
CHLD 53BSupporting Children w/ Special Needs in Early Childhood Prgm3.00
CHLD 55.2Exploring Science and Math with Young Children3.00
CHLD 55.5Foundations of Language and Literacy3.00
CHLD 55.6Art for the Young Child3.00
CHLD 55.7Music and Movement for Children3.00
CHLD 79.1Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs3.00
CHLD 79.2Leadership & Personnel Skills for Early Child. Administrator3.00
CHLD 79.4Adult Supervision and Mentoring2.00
CHLD 95Developing Social Competence in the Early Childhood Years3.00
CHLD 96Working Through Stress and Loss With Children and Families3.00
CHLD 111AGroup Care For Children Under Three3.00
CHLD 150Exploring the Natural World with Young Children1.00
CHLD 185.1Creative Indoor Environments for Young Children1.00
CHLD 185.2Creative Outdoor Environments for Young Children1.00
CHLD 185.3Guidance & Discipline Techniques-Preschool & Early Primary1.00
CHLD 186Spanish Language Arts for Young Children3.00
CHLD 217.1Constructive Play1.00
CHLD 217.2Dramatic Play and Games with Rules1.00
CHLD 220Effective Guidance and Discipline2.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2017

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2020

Previous Versions:

Child Development - effective Fall 2016
Child Development - effective Fall 2014
Child Development - effective Fall 2012
Child Development - effective Summer 2011
Child Development - effective Fall 2010
Child Development - effective Spring 2004
Child Development - effective Fall 2002

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


No course may be used more than once to fulfill a requirement in the major. A grade of "C" or better is required for all major classes.

CHLD 66 has replaced CHLD 60 and CHLD 60.2

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