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Child Development Site Supervisor Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

These courses are also appropriate for family child care providers, parents, administrators, health care professionals, and others working with children. Courses are designed to partially meet lower division course preparation for students planning a bachelor’s degree in Child Development.

Career Opportunities

Adoption Counselor1
Child Psychologist1
Childcare Specialist
Day Camp Counselor1
Development Specialist1
Family Child Care Provider
Infant/Toddler Teacher2
Parent Educator1
Planned Parenthood Worker
School Age Child Care Teacher/Site Supervisor
Preschool Teacher/Director2
Recreation Specialist1
Social Service Specialist1


Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.


Bachelor Degree normally recommended.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program. Students will:

  1. Analyze and apply principles of scientific research to the study of human development; integrate and apply current theory and research to the observation, documentation and unbiased analysis of human behaviors.
  2. Formulate practical applications of theory and research to developmentally appropriate practice in varying contexts: personal, classroom, agency and community.
  3. Critically examine societal and personal attitudes, beliefs, values and assumptions towards the diverse contexts of child and human development including: ethnicity, gender, language, family structure, socioeconomic status, age and ability.
  4. Compare and examine differing social, economic, political, historical, cultural and family contexts and their effect on human development; demonstrate effective advocacy techniques related to current social issues pertaining to children, adults, and families.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

CD-106Practicum: Beginning Observation and Experience1
CD-115Changing American Family 13
or FS-115 Changing American Family
CD-121The Arts and Creativity for Young Children3
CD-123Principles and Practices of Programs and Curriculum for Young Children3
CD-125Child Growth and Development3
CD-127Science and Mathematics for Child Development3
CD-129Language and Literature for Child Development3
CD-130Curriculum: Design and Implementation3
CD-131Child, Family and Community3
CD-132Observation and Assessment: Field Experience Seminar3
CD-133Practicum-Field Experience: Student Teaching2
CD-134Health, Safety and Nutrition of Young Children3
CD-136Adult Supervision 23
CD-137Administration of Child Development Programs I3
CD-138Administration of Child Development Programs II3
CD-141Working with Children with Special Needs3
CD-153Teaching in a Diverse Society3
Total Units48

Plus General Education and Elective Requirements


CD-115 Changing American Family/FS-115 Changing American Family is required for transfer to SDSU.


CD-136 Adult Supervision is required for the Master Teacher Permit through California Teacher Credentialing.

Certificate of Achievement

Any student who completes the Child Development major requirements for Site Supervisor qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement in Child Development. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Child Development Permit

Any student who completes the above requirements and 16 units of GE from English/Communication, Humanities, Social Sciences and Math or Science may apply for a permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). There is an added work experience component. For full requirements go to to contact the Child Development Department.