Child Development and Education
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Explorations and Problem Solving: Good toys encourage children to solve problems and employ cognititve skills. Examples include puzzles, shape-sorters, nesting blocks or cups, and art materials like clay, paint and crayons.
About Our Programs
Our child development programs provide a strong foundation of classroom and lab learning, preparing you for a rewarding career working with children
Our certificate programs can help you get your first job in child development or enhance the career you've
Degrees & Certificates
We offer both degrees and certificates with a focus on early childhood development or elementary teacher education, and program supervision and mentoring.
Associate in Arts Degree
Associate Degree for Transfer
Certificates of Achievement
Certificates of Specialization
Choose a Child Development Focus
Our courses are designed to deepen understanding of children, their families and developmentally
appropriate practices while preparing students for careers in early childhood education.
Most classes are held at our Sunnyvale Center.
You have the opportunity to receive stipends for completions of specified coursework, get reimbursed for class fees, and earn an Associate of Arts Degree or transfer to a 4-year university to continue your studies.
Courses for General Education
Our child development program includes courses that may be taken as general education requirements for other majors.
See our course catalog for detailed descriptions, with links to currently offered classes.
CHLD 1 Child Growth & Development: Prenatal through Early Childhood
CHLD 2 Child Growth & Development II: Middle Childhood through Adolescence
CHLD 51A Affirming Diversity in Education
CHLD 56 Observation & Assessment
CHLD 56N Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children
CHLD 86A Mentoring the Early Care & Education Professional
CHLD 86B Practicum Student Teaching in an Early Childhood Program
CHLD 88 Child, Family & Community
CHLD 88B Positive Behavior Management
CHLD 89 Curriculum for Early Care & Education Programs
CHLD 95 Health, Safety & Nutrition in Children's Programs
+ many more electives
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Child Development Department
Sunnyvale Campus, 211Q
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