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Child Development (SOC CODE: 39-9011.00)

Job Description Overview

Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

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Sample Job Duties

  • Maintain a safe play environment.
  • Dress children and change diapers.
  • Observe and monitor children's play activities.
  • Provide care for mentally disturbed, delinquent, or handicapped children.
  • Communicate with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.
  • Sanitize toys and play equipment.
  • Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.
  • Care for children in institutional setting, such as group homes, nursery schools, private businesses, or schools for the handicapped.
  • Operate in-house day-care centers within businesses.
  • Support children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • AS Degree

      Business Division
      Degree S1315

      This program provides a theoretical framework and practical experience developing skills necessary to work directly in preschool classrooms. Graduates can be employed at the teacher or master teacher level. The program develops students’ skills and abilities in observation and assessing, planning and executing activities, and classroom management based on developmentally appropriate practices. Degree requirements exceed the identified eight (8) courses for transfer by requiring additional practical experience and curriculum courses.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
      CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 13
      CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum3
      CHLD 11Child and Adolescent Development3
      CHLD 64Health, Safety and Nutrition of Children3
      CHLD 66Early Childhood Development Observation and Assessment2
      CHLD 66LEarly Childhood Development Observation and Assessment Laboratory 11
      CHLD 67Early Childhood Education Practicum2
      CHLD 67LEarly Childhood Education Practicum Laboratory 11
      CHLD 68Children With Special Needs3
      CHLD 69Early Childhood Development Field Work Seminar2
      CHLD 84Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings1
      CHLD 91Early Childhood Development Field Work 11
      Total Units28

      Recommended Electives

      CHLD 50Teaching in a Diverse Society3
      CHLD 51Early Literacy in Child Development3
      CHLD 61Language Arts and Art Media for Young Children3
      CHLD 62Music and Motor Development for Young Children3
      CHLD 63Creative Sciencing and Math for Young Children3
      CHLD 71AAdministration of Child Development Programs3
      CHLD 71BManagement/Marketing/Personnel for ECD Programs3
      CHLD 72Teacher, Parent, and Child Relationships3
      CHLD 73Infant and Toddler Development 13

      Note: These courses are acceptable for the Child Development requirements leading to the Child Development Permit.

      1

      Students must provide documentation of influenza, pertussis (TDap), and measles immunization, as well as TB clearance, as required by SB792 prior to being permitted to enroll in this class. Instructions on submitting documentation are available at Child Development Center.

       Guided Pathway of Study

    • Early Childhood Education AS-T

      Business Division
      Degree S0401
      The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer requires students to critically analyze child development theory, developmentally appropriate approaches, and instructional strategies that positively influence children’s learning and development.   Students explore the importance of developmental domains and use their knowledge to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful curriculum and environments that promote comprehensive developmental learning outcomes for children.  Child observation, documentation, and assessment are explored as essential practices in order to develop effective curriculum and interventions.  The California Title 22 regulations, standards, and policies required for early care and education programs are examined.  Ethical guidelines, professional practices, and advocacy are assessed to inform future practitioners of standards in the early childhood profession. The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree qualifies students for transfer to a California State University (CSU) to complete a Baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education or related majors.

      To earn an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU including only CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 24 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

      Required Courses

      Core Courses
      CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
      CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs3
      CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum3
      CHLD 11Child and Adolescent Development3
      CHLD 50Teaching in a Diverse Society3
      CHLD 64Health, Safety and Nutrition of Children3
      CHLD 66Early Childhood Development Observation and Assessment2
      CHLD 66LEarly Childhood Development Observation and Assessment Laboratory1
      CHLD 67Early Childhood Education Practicum2
      CHLD 67LEarly Childhood Education Practicum Laboratory1
      Total Units for Major24
      CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
      Total Units60
      1

       Courses may be double-counted with either CSU-GE or IGETC.

    • Infant/Toddler Development

      Business Division
      Certificate T1318

      The Infant/Toddler Certificate provides specialized skills and knowledge for working with infants and toddlers. This certificate exceeds Title 22 requirements for a fully qualified teacher of infants/toddlers by including the specified 3 units related to infant care. With 350 days of experience, the completion of 16 specified G.E. units in Areas A, B, C, and D and 2 adult supervision units; this certificate meets Title 5 education requirements for the Master Teacher Level Permit. This permit authorizes the holder to provide service in the care, development and instruction of children and serve as a coordinator of curriculum and staff development.

      Required Courses

      CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
      CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 13
      CHLD 11Child and Adolescent Development3
      CHLD 50Teaching in a Diverse Society3
      CHLD 64Health, Safety and Nutrition of Children3
      CHLD 72Teacher, Parent, and Child Relationships3
      CHLD 73Infant and Toddler Development3
      CHLD 79Infant and Toddler Care and Education3
      CHLD 85Infants At Risk3
      CHLD 86Infant Toddler Practicum Seminar2
      CHLD 87Infant Toddler Practicum Field Work Experience1
      Total Units30
      1

      Students must provide documentation of influenza, pertussis (TDap), and measles immunization, as well as TB clearance, as required by SB792 prior to being permitted to enroll in this class. Instructions on submitting documentation are available at Child Development Center

    • School Age Child-Specialization

      Business Division
      Certificate T1314

      The School Age Child-Specialization Certificate provides specialized skills and knowledge for working with school age children. This certificate exceeds the Title 22 requirements for a fully qualified teacher in school age programs. This skill set also prepares the student for positions as elementary tutors or classroom aides in public school districts.

      Required Courses

      Core Courses
      CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
      CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 13
      CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum3
      Choose one from the following:3
      CHLD 10
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development
      CHLD 10H
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development- Honors
      CHLD 11
      Child and Adolescent Development
      CHLD 50Teaching in a Diverse Society3
      CHLD 51Early Literacy in Child Development3
      CHLD 62Music and Motor Development for Young Children3
      CHLD 64Health, Safety and Nutrition of Children3
      CHLD 74Program Planning for the School Age Child3
      Required Electives
      LERN 49Math Skills Review3
      or MATH 50 Pre-Algebra
      Choose one from the following:1-3
      ENGL 64
      Writing Effective Sentences
      ENGL 65
      Grammar Review
      LIT 40
      Children's Literature
      Total Units31-33
      1

      Students must provide documentation of influenza, pertussis (TDap), and measles immunization, as well as TB clearance, as required by SB792 prior to being permitted to enroll in this class. Instructions on submitting documentation are available at www.mtac.edu/cdc/immunization/ 

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