The Child Development Program offers various educational options. Completion of each program leads to a certifi cate, transfer option and/or an Associate in Arts degree. With additional general education units and required experience, the student will be eligible for the Child Development Permit as defi ned under Title 5. Meeting this requirement will enable the student to teach in both Federal and State preschool programs.
The Child Development courses provide training in infant and toddler care; working with school age children; supervising and administering childcare programs, as well as working with special needs children. Students who complete this degree program will be profi cient in the methodology of working with young children through the extensive overview of theories and application of child development, the development of curriculum and lesson planning techniques, ways to observe and record child behavior, and classroom management techniques. This curriculum prepares student to teach in programs for children including: private facilities, parent cooperative, Head Start programs, Children’s Centers and infant/toddler or school age programs. In addition, this program also prepares students to transfer to four year universities in either Child Development or Teacher Education majors.