Child Development - Early Childhood Education – Associate in Science Degree for Transfer to CSU


Top Code: 1305.00

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 following link https://pasadena.edu/academics/divisions/social-sciences/areas-of-study/teacher-preparation/child-development/index.php for more information.

The Associate in Arts in Child Development for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of coursework totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) 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, or P if the course is graded on a P/NP basis. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional local graduation requirements)

Program 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.

Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer Degree

Required Courses
PSYC 021DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: THE CHILD3
CHDV 010PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN3
CHDV 013APRACTICUM IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT-A2
CHDV 013AFFIELD PRACTICE IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT - A2
CHDV 014OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN3
CHDV 015CHILD, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY3
CHDV 016HEALTH, SAFETY AND NUTRITION3
CHDV 017TEACHING CHILDREN IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
CHDV 020INTRODUCTION TO CURRICULUM PLANNING3
Required Subtotal25
CSU General Education or IGETC CSU Pattern37-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
Degree Total60

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General Education Requirements for the Associate in Science Degree for Transfer