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CHILD DEVELOPMENT - DEGREES & CERTIFICATES


Major Code 1305.10

  • Associate in Arts Degree
  • Certificate of Completion Child Development
  • Skill Certificates
    • Teacher/Private Pre-School
    • Director/Private Pre-School
    • Specialized Areas:
    • Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Programs
    • Infant and Toddler Studies
    • Early Literacy Development
    • Special Needs Children
    • School Age Programs
    • Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs
    • Health, Nutrition, Safety and Food Sanitation of Early Childhood Programs
    • Observation, Assessment, and Guidance in Early Childhood Programs
    • Family Day Care Providers

The Child Development Program is designed for students who are interested in working with young children. The program centers on continuing experiences in a wide variety of pre-school settings and will also meet the needs of persons who are currently employed in pre-school centers, but who want to increase their professional skills. Young children are society’s most valuable resource, and they must be nurtured with this judgment clearly in view. Students of the CDC program strive to gain a deep understanding of the total development and potential of young children. The field is expanding, with excellent job opportunities existing throughout the nation.

The Child Development Program serves those entering and currently employed in the rapidly expanding field of Early Childhood Education. Students will be prepared to teach in pre-school programs, including private schools, children’s centers, Head Start programs, parent cooperatives and parochial schools, as well as serving as educational aides in elementary schools. The program also benefits anyone interested in understanding children, their development and their behavior. Students wanting to acquire only an Associate Degree in Child Development should follow the course requirements listed below.

Transfer students should consult the Transfer Office for major preparation and general education requirements of the particular transfer institution of their choice. Transfer students who wish to also obtain an Associate Degree may do so by completing all WLAC general education requirements, plus at least 18 units in the major as required by the transfer institution (a total of 60 units for an Associate Degree).

All students must make an appointment for advisement in the Child Development Office (Science 108). Applications and a student profile record must be on file. Students will be advised to take a Math and an English assessment test.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS AT WEST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE FOR SKILLS AWARDS CERTIFICATES, CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION AND ASSOCIATES OF ARTS DEGREE IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT:

Any student who has completed Child Development courses at colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District is eligible for a Child Development Skills Awards Certificate, Certificate of Completion or an Associates of Arts Degree in Child Development at West Los Angeles College. However, there is a 12-unit residency requirement of coursework that must be completed at West Los Angeles College. These 12 units of coursework do not have to be in the field of Child Development.

Students who have taken courses outside the Los Angeles Community College District and are applying for one of the certificates or the degree must not only meet the 12-unit residency requirement, but must also meet the following additional requirements:

Students who are applying for a Skills Award, a Certificate of Completion, or an Associate in Arts Degree in Child Development must complete a majority of the required coursework within the Los Angeles Community College District. Courses taken outside of the Los Angeles Community College District must be evaluated by the Department Chairperson. The format is as follows:

  • Associate in Arts Degree in Child Development – (40 units) requires 13 courses. The courses required are CD 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 22, 23, 30 or 34, 38, 39, 65 and FCS 21. Therefore, the student must take 10 out of the 13 courses including CD 22 and 23 within the Los Angeles Community College District. West Los Angeles College requires that CD 22 and CD 23 be taken in residency at West Los Angeles College.
  • A minimum of 60 units is required for an Associate in Arts Degree in Child Development. The student must complete at least 40 units in Child Development and FCS. There are 16 units in general education required to obtain this degree. The general education courses include: Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics, Science and English. All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Child Development Certificate – (31 units) requires 10 courses (State Approved). The courses required are CD 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 22, 30 or 34, 38, and FCS 21. Therefore, the student must take 7 out of the 11 courses including CD 22 within the Los Angeles Community College District. West Los Angeles College requires that CD 22 (Practicum) be taken in residency at West Los Angeles College.
  • Teacher – Private Pre-School (12 units) requires 4 courses. The courses required are CD 1, 2, 3 or 4, and 11. Therefore, the student must take 3 out of the 4 courses required within the Los Angeles Community College District.
  • Director – Private Preschool (15 units) requires 5 courses. The courses required are CD 1, 2, 3 or 4, 11, 38 or 39. Therefore, the student must take 4 out of the 5 courses required within the Los Angeles Community College District.
  • Areas of Specialization – (15 total units) students are required to complete 4 to 5 courses to recieve a skill certificate in a specialized are of study.

ASSOCIATE IN ARTS DEGREE (40 UNITS, PLAN B)

  • REQUIRED COURSES
    • CD 1 Child Growth and Development 3
    • CD 2 Early Childhood: Principles and Practices 3
    • CD 3 Creative Experiences for Children I 3
    • CD 4 Creative Experiences for Children II 3
    • CD 10 Child Health 3
    • CD 11 Home, School and Community Relations 3
    • CD 22 Practicum in Child Development I 4
    • CD 23 Practicum in Child Development II 4
    • CD 30 Infant and Toddler Studies I 3
      OR
      CD 34 Observing and Recording Children’s Behavior 3
    • CD 38 Admin. and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs I 3
    • CD 39 Admin. and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs II 3
    • CD 65 Adult Supervision and Early Childhood Mentoring 2
    • FCS 21 Nutrition 3
  • TOTAL UNITS 40

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION CHILD DEVELOPMENT 31 UNITS

  • REQUIRED COURSES
    • CD 1 Child Growth and Development 3
    • CD 2 Early Childhood: Principles and Practices 3
    • CD 3 Creative Experiences for Children I 3
    • CD 4 Creative Experiences for Children II 3
    • CD 10 Child Health 3
    • CD 11 Home, School and Community Relations 3
    • CD 22 Practicum in Child Development I 4
    • CD 30 Infant and Toddler Studies I 3
      OR
      CD 34 Observing and Recording Children’s Behavior 3
    • CD 38 Admin. and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs I 3
    • FCS 21 Nutrition 3
  • TOTAL UNITS 31

SKILL CERTIFICATE IN TEACHER/PRIVATE PRE-SCHOOL 12 UNITS

  • REQUIRED COURSES
    • CD 1 Child Growth and Development 3
    • CD 2 Early Childhood: Principles and Practices 3
    • CD 3 Creative Experiences for Children I 3
      OR
      CD 4 Creative Experiences for Children II 3
    • CD 11 Home, School and Community Relations 3
  • TOTAL UNITS 12

SKILL CERTIFICATE IN DIRECTOR/PRIVATE PRE-SCHOOL 15 UNITS

  • REQUIRED COURSES
    • CD 1 Child Growth and Development 3
    • CD 2 Early Childhood: Principles and Practices 3
    • CD 3 Creative Experiences for Children I 3
      OR
      CD 4 Creative Experiences for Children II 3
    • CD 11 Home, School and Community Relations 3
    • CD 38 Admin. and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs I 3
      OR
      CD 39 Admin. and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs II 3
  • TOTAL UNITS 15

The following additional courses are recommended to all students who have an interest in developing a more in-depth knowledge base which should enhance their professionalism in the field.

COURSE

  • CD 12 Parent/Teacher/Child Interaction 3
  • CD 31 Infant and Toddler Studies II 3
  • CD 35 Fostering Literacy Development in Young Children 3
  • CD 42 The Child in a Diverse Society 3
  • CD 44 Programs for Children with Special Needs I 3
  • CD 45 Programs for Children with Special Needs II 3
  • CD 46 School Age Programs I 3
  • CD 47 School Age Programs II 3
  • CD 48 Positive Guidance in Early Childhood Settings 3

SKILL CERTIFICATES IN SPECIALIZED AREAS 6 TO 17 UNITS

Title of Specialization Skill Award Courses that need to be taken:

Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Programs (15 units)

  • CD 1 Child Growth and Development 3
  • CD 2 Early Childhood: Principles and Practices 3
  • CD 3 Creative Experiences for Children I 3
  • CD 4 Creative Experiences for Children II 3
  • CD 42 The Child in a Diverse Society 3
  • TOTAL UNITS 15

Infant and Toddler Studies (15 units)

  • CD 1 Child Growth and Development 3
  • CD 2 Early Childhood: Principles and Practices 3
  • CD 11 Home, School and Community Relations 3
  • CD 30 Infant and Toddler Studies I 3
  • CD 31 Infant and Toddler Studies II 3
  • TOTAL UNITS 15

Early Literacy Development (15 units)

  • CD 1 Child Growth and Development 3
  • CD 2 Early Childhood: Principles and Practices 3
  • CD 11 Home, School and Community Relations 3
  • CD 35 Fostering Literacy Development in Young Children 3
  • SPEECH 135 Storytelling 3
  • TOTAL UNITS 15

Special Needs Children (15 units)

  • CD 1 Child Growth and Development 3
  • CD 3 Creative Experiences for Children I 3
    OR
    CD 4 Creative Experiences for Children II 3
  • CD 11 Home, School and Community Relations 3
  • CD 44 Programs for Children with Special Needs I 3
  • CD 45 Programs for Children with Special Needs II 3
  • TOTAL UNITS 15

School Age Programs 15 UNITS

  • CD 1 Child Growth and Development 3
  • CD 3 Creative Experiences for Children I 3
    OR
    CD 4 Creative Experiences for Children II 3
  • CD 11 Home, School and Community Relations 3
  • CD 46 School Age Programs I 3
  • CD 47 School Age Programs II 3
  • TOTAL UNITS 15

Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs
(must hold a Specialization Skill Certificate in Curriculum Development to qualify for this award) 17 UNITS

  • CD 10 Child Health 3
  • CD 11 Home, School and Community Relations 3
  • CD 38 Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs I 3
  • CD 39 Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs II 3
  • CD 48 Positive Guidance in Early Childhood Settings 3
  • CD 65 Adult Supervision and Early Childhood Mentoring 2
  • TOTAL UNITS 17

Health, Nutrition, Safety and Food Sanitation of Early Childhood Programs 12 UNITS

  • CD 1 Child Growth and Development 3
  • CD 10 Child Health 3
  • FCS 21 Nutrition 3
  • HEALTH 11 Principles of Healthful Living 3
    OR
    HEALTH 12 Safety Education and First Aid 3
  • TOTAL UNITS 12

Observation, Assessment, and Guidance in Early Childhood Programs 15 UNITS

  • CD 1 Child Growth and Development 3
  • CD 2 Early Childhood: Principles and Practices 3
  • CD 11 Home, School and Community Relations 3
  • CD 34 Observing and Recording Children’s Behavior 3
  • CD 48 Positive Guidance in Early Childhood Settings 3
  • TOTAL UNITS 15

Family Day Care Providers 6 UNITS

  • CD 60 Introduction to Family Child Care I 1
  • CD 61 Introduction to Family Child Care II 1
  • CD 62 Developmental Profiles: Pre-Birth Through Age Eight 2
  • CD 63 Creative Curriculum in a Family Child Care Setting 2
  • TOTAL UNITS 6

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