A.S. in Child Development

The curriculum leads to an Associate in Science degree and meets the educational requirements for employment as a teacher or assistant teacher in preschools and children’s centers.

This degree requires meeting the Citrus College General Education and proficiency requirements combined with successful completion (grades of “C” and above) of the following major requirements:

Three (3) units of Child Development
CHLD 110Early Childhood Development3
or PSY 206 Child Growth and Development
Required courses:
CHLD 112Principles of Early Childhood Education I3
CHLD 114Home-Child-Community Relations3
CHLD 116Introduction to Curriculum3
CHLD 144Health, Safety and Nutrition for Young Children3
CHLD 150Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
CHLD 154Observing and Recording Behavior3
Required practicum (fieldwork) course & lab:
CHLD 156Practicum in Early Childhood Education2
CHLD 156LPracticum Lab1
Total Units24

A.S. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Child Development A.S. Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, and apply theories of early childhood education and child development.
  2. Demonstrate global consciousness as they work with diverse cultures, families, and individuals and teach children.
  3. Acquire knowledge and foundational skills necessary to work in the teaching profession.
  4. Apply effective guidance and teaching strategies that support social growth, learning, and identity development and promote self-confidence.
  5. Design, implement and evaluate environments and activities that support positive, developmental play and learning outcomes for children.
  6. Apply ethical standards and professional behaviors that demonstrate understanding, knowledge, and a deepening commitment to the child development profession and early childhood education.