Academic Catalog

Child and Adolescent Development, AA-T

Program Description

The Associate in Arts in Child and Adolescent Development for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students to transfer to certain California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to 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. 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.

Learn more about the program on the Child Development and Education website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate understanding of the needs and characteristics of children, birth through middle childhood, and the multiple influences on their development as related to the high-quality care and education of young children.
  • Students will demonstrate ethical standards and professional behaviors that deepen knowledge and commitment to the field of early care and education as related to NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.

Units Required

  • Major: 30-33

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts in Child and Adolescent Development for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)1 (49-58 units) (full certification is required)
  • Core and support courses (30-33 units, of which 18-33 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
CHLD 1CHILD GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT: PRENATAL THROUGH EARLY CHILDHOOD4
CHLD 2CHILD GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT II: MIDDLE CHILDHOOD THROUGH ADOLESCENCE4
PSYC 1GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY5
or PSYC 1H HONORS GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
MATH 10ELEMENTARY STATISTICS5
or MATH 17 INTEGRATED STATISTICS II
or PSYC 7 STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
or SOC 7 STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
Support Courses
List A
Complete three courses from List A:12-15
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
CHILD, FAMILY & COMMUNITY
or SOC 1
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
HONORS INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
RACE & ETHNIC RELATIONS
ASPECTS OF MARRIAGE & FAMILY
BASIC NUTRITION 1
GENERAL BIOLOGY: BASIC PRINCIPLES
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN NUTRITION
OBSERVATION & ASSESSMENT 1
CURRICULUM FOR EARLY CARE & EDUCATION PROGRAMS 1
HEALTH, SAFETY & NUTRITION IN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS 1
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY 1
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
CHILD & ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT 1
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE 1
Total Units30-33