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Child Development and Educational Studies

Child Development A.A. Degree

   Emphasis in Educational Studies

   Emphasis in School Age Care

Child Development Certificate of Completion

   Early Childhood Education

   School Age Child Care

   Foster/Family Day Care

   Pre K-12 Special Education Aide Certificate of Achievement

The Child Development and Educational Studies Program (CDES) offers students an Associate of Arts degree in three main areas:

1) Child Development

2) Child Development with Emphasis in Educational Studies, and

3) Child Development with Empahsis in School Age Care. The associate’s degree prepares students to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities, and begins a sequence of classes that leads to careers in child development, and elementary and secondary education.

Students completing the associate’s degree may apply to become a teacher, master teacher, or site supervisor within the California Child Development and School Age Matrix.

The CDES program also offers five Certificates of Completion. The certificates serve as an introductory sequence of classes leading to the associate’s degree, and prepare students to work in the field of early childhood education, recreation, and before and after school age care. Students may be employed as instructional aides, tutors, childcare specialists or other paraprofessionals for public and private agencies.

Contact:

408) 848-4719

tps@gavilan.edu

Child Development A.A. Degree

Program Learning Outcomes: After completing the Associate's degree in Child Development a student will be eligible:

  • to apply for the Associate, Assistant, Teacher and Master Teacher Permits for the California Child Development Permit MATRIX.
  • for employment in state and federally funded childcare centers, and private childcare programs as teacher aides, teachers and master teachers, or site supervisors.

Graduates will:

  • function within the scope of approved state and nationally accredited early childhood and childcare competencies.
  • practice within professional and legal standards, ethical principles, and demonstrate a sensitivity to language and cultural differences of the children, families, and staff where they will be working or completing their cooperative work experiences.
  • apply principles of written and verbal communication, and research to communicate relevant, accurate and complete information.
  • apply child development principles and sensitivity to theory and applications of working with families of children with special needs.
  • demonstrate an ability to design, develop and implement curriculum, appropriate educational environments, and successful teaching practices that enhance development in children in the early years.

CD 1 Principles & Philosophies of Early Childhood Education 3 units

CD 2 Early Child Development 3 units

CD 4 Observing & Assessing Children 3 units

Choose one:

CD 5 Child, Family, and the Community (3 units)

CD 7 Cultural Context of Childhood (3 units)

3 units

CD 9 Health, Safety and Nutrition for Children 3 units

CD 19 Introduction to Careers with Children 2 units

CD 20 Children’s Language and Literature 3 units

Electives - Any CD courses 6 units

Student Teaching Practicum:

CD 30A Teaching Practices and Techniques I 3 units

CD 30B Teaching Practices and Techniques II 3 units

CD 190 Child Development Cooperative Work Experience 2-4 units

Total Units for Major: 34-36 UNITS

Plus completion of general education requirements units vary

Total Units Required for A.A.: minimum of 60 UNITS

Student Teaching Practicum:

Associate’s degree students are required to complete a two-semester Student Teaching Practicum in an approved child development site under the supervision of a Gavilan College instructor.

The student teaching practicum consists of a two-semester curriculum course (CD 30 A/B, Teaching Practices and Techniques I, II, 3/3 units), and concurrent enrollment in a supervised child development work experience class (CD 190, Child Development Cooperative Work Experience, 2-4 units each semester). It is recommended that students complete CD 1, 2, and CD 5 or 7 before beginning the student teaching practicum.

CD 190 (Child Development Cooperative Work Experience) may also be taken as an independent class throughout the student’s program (1-4 units per semester, for a total of 4-16 units). Students enrolled in a Cooperative Work Experience class must be enrolled in at least seven total units each semester.

The associate’s degree will prepare students to transfer to 4 year colleges and universities and provides an introductory sequence of classes leading to careers in child development and elementary and secondary education. Students will be eligible to apply for a permit to become a teacher, master teacher or site supervisor within the California Child Development and School Age Matrix. The Child Development Permit Matrix was developed to ensure a career pathway for child care professionals in state or federally funded programs. See page 79.

Completion of the Associate’s Degree in Child Development:

Associate’s degree students need to complete the required courses and student teaching practicum previously listed and the general education requirements. In order to qualify for the California Child Development Permit Matrix, associate’s degree classes must be completed with a letter grade of “C” or higher. A copy of the Permit Matrix may be viewed on page 79 of this catalog.

All Child Development majors need to consult with a child development faculty member in order to ensure that degree requirements and licensing regulations are satisfied and complete an Educational Plan.

Child Development A.A. Degree Emphasis in Educational Studies

Program Learning Outcomes: After completing this associate's degree in Child Development a student will:

  • be eligible to apply for the Associate, Assistant, Teacher and Master Teacher Permits for the California Child Development Permit MATRIX. Graduates will be eligible for employment in state and federally funded child care centers and private child care programs as teacher aides, teachers and master teachers or site supervisors.
  • function within the scope of approved state and nationally accredited early childhood and child care competencies.
  • practice within professional and legal standards, ethical principles and demonstrate a sensitivity to language and cultural differences of the children, families and staff where they will be working or completing their cooperative work experiences.
  • apply principles of written and verbal communication and research to communicate relevant, accurate and complete information.
  • apply child development principles and sensitivity to theory and applications of working with families of children with special needs.
  • demonstrate an ability to design, develop and implement curriculum, appropriate educational environments and successful teaching practices that enhance development in children in the early years.

The Associate’s degree in Child Development with Emphasis in Educational Studies prepares students to work as instructional aides or tutors in public school classrooms. It provides an introductory sequence of courses that can lead to a career in teaching.

CD 2 Early Child Development 3 units

CD 3 Child Growth and Development During the School Years 3 units

CD 7 Cultural Context of Childhood 3 units

CD 8A American Education in a Changing World 3 units

CD 8B * Teaching Reading and Writing to Children 3 units

CD 14A Working with School Age Children 3 units

CD 14B Behavior Management and Guidance of School Age Children 3 units

CD 190 Child Development Work Experience 1 unit

Choose 6 units from the following courses:

CD/PE 6 Games and Rhythms for Children (3 units)

CD/ART 25A Art Methods (3 units)

CD 31 Tutoring School Age Children (1 unit)

CD 97 Introduction to Service Learning with Children (3 units)

HIST 3 History of California (3 units)

MATH 12 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (3 units)

SPAN 1A Elementary Spanish (5 units)

6 units

Total Units for Major: 28 UNITS

Plus completion of general education requirements units vary

Total Units Required for A.A.: minimum of 60 UNITS

* This course requires concurrent enrollment
in CD 190, Child Development Work Experience, 1 unit.

Child Development A.A. Degree Emphasis in School Age Care

The knowledge and skills in this major are designed to prepare students to work as leaders in programs for children aged 6-18. Work settings might include before and after school programs, youth sports activities, residential or day camps, dramatic arts programs, youth centers, and academic enrichment.

Students completing this degree will meet the education requirement of the Child Development Permit with a School-Age Emphasis at the Teacher level. The experience requirement for that permit is 175 days of 3+ hours per day within 4 years. See page 79 of this Catalog.

* This course requires concurrent enrollment in CD 190, Child Development Work Experience, 1 unit.

CD 3 Child Growth and Development During the School Years 3 units

Choose one:

CD 5 Child, Family, and the Community (3 units)

CD 7 Cultural Context of Childhood (3 units)

3 units

CD 8A American Education in a Changing World 3 units

CD 11A Administration of Programs for Young Children 3 units

CD 14A Working with School Age Children 3 units

CD 14B Behavior Management and Guidance of School Age Children 3 units

CD 19 Introduction to Careers with Children 2 units

CD 31 Tutoring School Age Children 1 unit

Choose 6 units from the list below*: 6 units

Total Units for Major: 27 UNITS

Plus completion of general education requirements units vary

Total Units Required for A.A.: minimum of 60 UNITS

* Choose 6 units from the following courses:

AJ 20 Juvenile Law and Procedure (3 units)

ART/CD 25A Art Methods (3 units)

ART/CD 25B Art Methods (3 units)

CD/PE6 Games and Rhythms for Children (3 units)

CD 8B* Teaching Reading & Writing to Children (3 units)

CD 10 Children with Special Needs (3 units)

CD12 Computer Education for Teachers (3 units)

CD 20 Children’s Language and Literature (3 units)

CD 24 Educational Cooking & Nutritional
Experiences for Children (2 units)

CD 31 Tutoring School Age Children (1 unit)

CD 97 Introduction to Service Learning with Children (3 units)

CD 98 Special Topics (.5-3 units)

THEA 2A Children’s Theatre Repertory (2 units)

THEA 2B Children’s Theatre Repertory (2 units)

The following two certificates of completion require a combination of core courses and additional requirements:

Completion of the core courses and the additional requirements in a selected area (below) will qualify students for the Certificate of Completion in Child Developement.

CORE COURSES:

CD 1 Principles and Philosophies of Early Childhood Education 3 units

CD 2 Early Child Development 3 units

Choose one:

CD 5 Child, Family and the Community (3 units)

CD 7 Cultural Context of Childhood (3 units)

3 units

CD 9 Health, Safety and Nutrition for Children 3 units

CD 19 Introduction to Careers with Children 2 units

Core Courses Unit Total: 14 UNITS

Child Development Certificate of Completion Early Childhood Education Option

Program Learning Outcomes: After completing the Certificate of Completion for Early Childhood Education graduates will be eligible to apply for the Assistant Teacher Permit and the Associate Teacher Permit for the California Child Development Permit Matrix that will enable them to apply for child care employment in state and federally funded, and private child care programs. Graduates will:

  • be eligible to apply for the Assistant Teacher Permit and the Associate Teacher Permit for the California Child Development Permit Matrix that will enable them to apply for child care employment in state and federally funded, and private child care programs.
  • function within the scope of approved state and nationally accredited early childhood and childcare competencies.
  • practice within professional and legal standards, ethical principles, and demonstrate a sensitivity to language and cultural differences of the children, families, and staff where they will be working or completing their cooperative work experiences.
  • apply principles of written and verbal communication, and research to communicate relevant, accurate and complete information.
  • apply child development principles and sensitivity to theory and applications of working with families of children with special needs.

CORE COURSES: 14 units

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Choose 10 units from list below 10 units

Total Units for Certificate of Completion: 24 UNITS

Select 10 units from any of the following Child Development classes:

CD 4 Observing & Assessing Children (3 units)

CD 5 Child, Family, and Community (3 units)

CD 7 Cultural Context of Childhood (3 units)

CD 10 Children with Special Needs (3 units)

CD 12 Computer Education for Teachers (3 units)

CD 13 Infant and Toddler Development and Care (3 units)

CD 15 Exploring Music with Children (1 unit)

CD 16 Exploring Mathematics with Children (1 unit)

CD 17 Exploring Science with Children (1 unit)

CD 18 Outdoor Environments for Children (3 units)

CD 20 Children’s Language and Literature (3 units)

CD 21 Creative Experiences for Children (2 units)

CD 22 Field Work and Service (.5-1 unit)

CD 23 Independent Study (1-2 units)

CD 24 Educational Cooking & Nutritional Experiences for Children (2 units)

CD 26 The Montessori Method (2 units)

CD 27 Practical Piaget: Thinking Skills for Young Children (2 units)

CD 29 Introduction to High/Scope Curriculum (2 units)

CD 97 Introduction to Service Learning with Children (3 units)

CD 98 Special Topics (.5-3 units)

Child Development Certificate of Completion School Age Child Care Option

CORE COURSES: 14 units

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Choose 10-12 units from list below 10-12 units

Total Units for Certificate of Completion: 24-26 UNITS

Select 10-12 units from any of the following Child Development classes:

CD 3 Child Growth and Development During the School Years (3 units)

CD 8A American Education in a Changing World (3 units)

CD 14A Working with School Age Children (3 units)

CD 14B Behavior Management and Guidance of School Age Children (3 units)

CD 31 Tutoring School Age Children (1 unit)

CD 97 Service Learning with Children (3 units)

Child Development Certificate of Completion Foster/Family Day Care

CD 2 Early Child Development 3 units

CD 3 Child Growth and Development During the School Years 3 units

CD 5 Child, Family and the Community 3 units

CD 9 Health, Safety and Nutrition for Children 3 units

CD 28 A Child Development and Guidance for Family Child
Care/Foster Care 1 unit

CD 28 B Developing Learning Activities for Family Child Care
and Foster Care 1 unit

CD 28 C Administering a Family Child Care Home 1 unit

CD 28 D* Issues in Family Foster Parenting 1 unit

Any Child Development classes 3 units

Total Units for Certificate of Completion: 19 UNITS

* There are times when a course listed as a requirement for a
major or certificate cannot be offered in a reasonable timeframe.
Course substitutions and waivers will be considered by the department.
Please contact the department chairperson.
This information is available from the
Office of Instruction - (408) 848-4761.

Pre K-12 Special Education Aide Certificate of Achievement

The knowledge and skills required for this certificate prepare students to work as special education aides in elementary and seconday schools and preschools.

CD 2 Early Child Development 3 units

CD 3 Child Growth & Development During the School Years 3 units

CD 10 Children with Special Needs 3 units

CD 97 Introduction to Service Learning with Children 3 units

Total Units for Certificate of Achievement: 12 UNITS