Child Development – Child and Adolescent Development – Associate in Art Degree for Transfer to CSU

Top Code: 1305.10

The Associate in Arts in Child and Adolescent Development for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students with a strong academic foundation necessary for pursuing studies at the California State Universities (CSUs) in majors that may include Child and Adolescent Development, Psychology (some CSUs), Early Childhood Studies, Human Development, Elementary Subject Matter Teacher Preparation (some CSUs), Adolescent Development, Family Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences and Humanities. Student’s completing this interdisciplinary degree learn the process of change and growth that characterize Human Development from conception to adolescence, preparing them to pursue employment in the Human Services, Health and Education fields; including, but not limited to: Child and Adolescent care and education, special education, child and adolescent health and a variety of youth related social service careers. Students who complete the degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to CSUs. The degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific CSUs and to validate which CSUs are considered local.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units.
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Please Note: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting courses for transfer purposes, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific institutions.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the theories, concepts, developmental processes and empirical approaches in the scientific study of child and adolescent development from diverse perspectives across the domains of physical, cognitive, emotional & social development.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based strategies of competent pedagogy relevant to a culturally pluralistic and linguistically diverse society.
  3. Describe biological, psychological and environmental influences on development used to study child and adolescent development including design, data analysis and interpretation.

Associate in Arts in Child and Adolescent Development for Transfer Degree

Required Core
PSYC 021DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: THE CHILD3
or PSYC 021H HONORS DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: THE CHILD
PSYC 001INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY3
or PSYC 001H HONORS INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY
Select one of the following:4
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
HONORS ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
STATISTICS FOR BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
List A
Select three (9 units)
LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
GENERAL BIOLOGY
HONORS GENERAL BIOLOGY
Select one of the following:3
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO ETHNIC STUDIES
CHILD, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY
Select two maximum of the following (3-6 units):3-6
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN
INFANT AND TODDLER DEVELOPMENT
PRACTICUM IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT-A
PRACTICUM IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT-B
OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN
TEACHING CHILDREN IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY
INTRODUCTION TO CURRICULUM PLANNING
HEALTH EDUCATION
HUMAN NUTRITION
Required Subtotal19-20
CSU General Education of IGETC Pattern37-29
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
Degree Total60

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General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer