Child Development

(Courses apply toward Administration, Family Child Care, General, Infant/Toddler Care, Pre-Teacher, Appreciating Diversity, Professional Development and Advocacy, School-Age Care, Violence Intervention in Early Childhood Certificates)

 What will this program do for me?
Students will learn about children's development, focusing primarily on infants and toddlers, working with the family and community, introduction to early childhood education and curriculum. Upon successful completion of 60 units in Child Development and General Education courses, the student will obtain the Associate of Arts Degree.

How long will the program take?
The program is a two-year (full-time) 60-unit program. Please refer to Program Curriculum for specific requirement information.

Where will classes be held?
Courses are offered at John Adams, Mission Campus, Southeast Campus, and Phelan Campus. Please refer to the Schedules for Credit Classes for class times and locations.

Where do I get more information?
Interested applicants may contact the department at (415) 239-3172.

How much can I earn in this career?
Starting salaries vary. For current information regarding salary and job prospects, please refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

What time of day are classes offered?
Both day and evening classes are offered. Please check the Schedules for Credit Classes for class times and locations.

When do classes start?
The Fall semester begins in August while the Spring semester begins in January. Please check the Schedules for Credit Classes for class times and locations.

How do I enroll?
For new students, click here to apply for admission. You may also call Admissions directly at (415) 239-3285 and arrange to meet with the program advisor or counselor.

What are the requirements for receiving a degree?
A total of 60 units are required to graduate with an A.A. Degree. This includes 12 units of the core courses, 18 units in the Child Development Program and 2 units of Health 14 Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care. Please refer to Program Curriculum for specific requirement information.

How much money can I expect to spend?
Please refer to Tuition Information for specifics on tuition costs. Books are additional. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. You may also call the Financial Aid Office at (415) 239-3576.