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Contact: Tony HenryTitle: Department Co-ChairContact: ahenry@mtsac.edu
Career Outlook Child Development, AS

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

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    • Education Administrators for Preschool and Childcare Programs

      Education Administrators for Preschool and Childcare Programs

      SOC Career Code: 11-9031.00

      Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic and nonacademic activities of preschool and childcare centers or programs.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $43.04

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $48,394.85
      Annual Job Openings
      883

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Preschool Teachers

      Preschool Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-2011.00

      Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $26.10

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $34,781.17
      Annual Job Openings
      7,356

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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  • Child Development, AS

    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

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    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 64Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children3
    CHLD 66Early Childhood Development Observation and Assessment2
    CHLD 66LEarly Childhood Development Observation and Assessment Laboratory1
    CHLD 68Introduction to Children With Special Needs3
    CHLD 69Early Childhood Development Field Work Seminar2
    CHLD 84Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings1
    CHLD 91Early Childhood Development Field Work1
    Choose one of the following sequences:3
    CHLD 67
    Early Childhood Education Practicum
    CHLD 67L
    Early Childhood Education Practicum Laboratory
    OR
    CHLD 86
    Infant Toddler Practicum Seminar
    CHLD 87
    Infant Toddler Practicum Field Work Experience
    Total Units28

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

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence  

  • 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

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    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 Laboratory 11
    CHLD 67Early Childhood Education Practicum2
    CHLD 67LEarly Childhood Education Practicum Laboratory 11
    Total Units for Major24
    CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
    Total Units60

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence   

  • Children's Program: General - Level I

    Business Division

    The Child Development - Level I certificate is designed for the student who desires general knowledge about the foundations of child development and who has an interest in teaching young children. This certificate meets the Title 22 education requirements for a fully qualified teacher. In Title 5 programs, this certificate meets the educational requirements for an Assistant/Aide position. This certificate includes the identified core courses for the Associate Teacher Child Development Permit. Fifty (50) days of experience is required to complete the permit requirements.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    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
    Total Units12

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

  • Educational Paraprofessional (Instructional Assistant), AS

    Business Division
    Degree S0375

    This degree program prepares paraprofessionals to work with children in a variety of ways that enhance learning. Graduates will be able to assist classroom teachers in working with K-12 students, including students with special needs. This associate degree certifies that paraprofessionals are “highly qualified” as specified by federal legislation.

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

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Core Courses
    CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
    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
    PSYC 14
    Developmental Psychology
    PSYC 15
    Introduction to Child Psychology
    CHLD 68Introduction to Children With Special Needs3
    EDUC 10Introduction to Education3
    EDUC 16Aspects and Issues in Teaching3
    Required Electives
    Choose one course from the following:3
    CHLD 51
    Early Literacy in Child Development
    CHLD 64
    Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children
    ENGL 81
    Language Acquisition
    KIN 3
    First Aid and CPR
    LIT 40
    Children's Literature
    Total Units18

     Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence

  • Children's Program: Teaching

    Business Division
    Certificate T0405

    The Children’s Program Certificate: Teaching specialization is designed for the student who desires knowledge about Early Childhood Development and skills for teaching young children. This certificate contains two laboratory and one fieldwork component emphasizing working with children. This certificate exceeds Title 22 education requirements for fully qualified teachers. With 175 days of experience and the completion of 16 specified G.E. Areas A, B, C, and D, this certificate meets Title 5 education requirements for a fully qualified teacher.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Core 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 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 Laboratory 11
    CHLD 68Introduction to Children With Special Needs3
    CHLD 69Early Childhood Development Field Work Seminar2
    CHLD 75Supervising Adults in Early Childhood Settings2
    CHLD 84Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings1
    CHLD 91Early Childhood Development Field Work 11
    Choose two courses from the following options:3
    CHLD 67
    Early Childhood Education Practicum
    CHLD 67L
    Early Childhood Education Practicum Laboratory
    or
    CHLD 86
    Infant Toddler Practicum Seminar
    CHLD 87
    Infant Toddler Practicum Field Work Experience
    Required Electives
    Choose two from the following:6
    CHLD 51
    Early Literacy in Child Development
    CHLD 61
    Language Arts and Art Media for Young Children
    CHLD 62
    Music and Motor Development for Young Children
    CHLD 63
    Math and Science for Young Children
    Total Units39

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

  • 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

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
    CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs3
    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

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence   

  • Children's Program: Administration

    Business Division
    Certificate T0654

    The Child Development Administration certificate is designed for the student who desires general knowledge about Early Childhood Development and skills in administering programs for young children. This certificate meets or exceeds Title 22 education requirements for Center Director. Direct experience with children is highly recommended to complete preparation to be an effective administrator.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
    CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs3
    CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum3
    CHLD 10Child Growth and Lifespan Development3
    or CHLD 10H Child Growth and Lifespan Development - Honors
    CHLD 50Teaching in a Diverse Society3
    CHLD 64Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children3
    CHLD 68Introduction to Children With Special Needs3
    CHLD 71AAdministration of Child Development Programs3
    CHLD 71BPersonnel and Leadership in Child Development Programs3
    CHLD 75Supervising Adults in Early Childhood Settings2
    CHLD 84Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings1
    Choose three courses from the following:9
    CHLD 61
    Language Arts and Art Media for Young Children
    CHLD 62
    Music and Motor Development for Young Children
    CHLD 63
    Math and Science for Young Children
    CHLD 73
    Infant and Toddler Development 1
    Choose four units from the following:4
    BUSM 66
    Small Business Management
    CHLD 72
    Teacher, Parent, and Child Relationships
    CHLD 73
    Infant and Toddler Development 1
    CHLD 83
    Current Issues in Child Development
    Total Units43

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence

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Contact: Tony HenryTitle: Department Co-ChairContact: ahenry@mtsac.edu

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