Child Development and Educational Studies
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The child development discipline offers coursework and degrees leading to a wide range of careers with children. As our society requires more parents to work outside the home, the demand will continue to grow for high-quality dependable child care. Students who complete the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate are prepared for employment in infant/toddler centers or private preschools. The School Age Certificate prepares students for employment in before- and after-school centers and recreation programs. The Child Development Teacher Permit, which requires 16 additional units in general education beyond the certificate, allows students to teach in state- or federally-funded child care and development programs. Permits are not issued by Gavilan College, but by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Students who see a career in teaching or human services as their goal may wish to pursue an Associate in Arts Degree. More rigorous General Education requirements distinguish the transfer-level Liberal Arts/Elementary Education AA degree from the AA in Child Development, and students who complete the transfer degree will be prepared to enter many universities and colleges with upper division status.
Register for Classes Online Or In Person Registration:
Mon-Thurs 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday 8-11:30 a.m.
Morgan Hill and Hollister:
Mon-Thurs 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m. -12 p.m.
AST-Early Childhood Education (Transfer Degree)
AA-Liberal Arts-Elementary Education Emphasis
Certificates of Achievement:
Early Childhood Education
School Age Child Care
Early Intervention Assistant
- Child Development Training Consortium
- Nat'l Assoc. for the Education of Young Children
- Calif. Assoc. for the Education of Young Children
- Community Care Licensing
- Early Childhood Mentor Project
- National Afterschool Association
- California School Age Consortium
(408) 848-4801 fax
Send questions or comments to Pat Henrickson at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-848-4817 Fax: 408-848-4771
CHILD DEVELOPMENT TRAINING CONSORTIUM
If you are currently working with children in a licensed program you may be eligible to receive CDTC funds to support taking college classes to earn a Children's Center Permit or qualify for a higher permit.
Check out the information at www.childdevelopment.org!
CA Early Childhood Mentor Program
If you are a high quality early childhood educator and would like to work with preservice child development students, contact Pat for information regarding the support you can receive from the Early Childhood Mentor Program.
If you are a child development student and needing support as you enter the field of early childhood education, contact Pat for information regarding the support you can receive from the Early Childhood Mentor Program.