Education, Child Development & Family Services

Psychological Development of Children                         Full Year

“Concentrator Course”                                               10 credits

Junior or senior status-
“a-g” approved-meets “g” elective


This course is a study of the developmental stages of children from conception to adolescence. It offers a theoretical and applied academic foundation to the components of psychology, including cognitive, biosocial, and psychosocial development. This is the perfect course for students who are interested in careers in the education, child development, psychology, medical, social work, law enforcement fields! Highlights include: Baby Think It Over infant simulators during fall semester, and a six week hands on practicum experience at the local elementary schools during spring semester! This course will prepare students for enrollment in the Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children “capstone” course.


Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children- 18 weeks (take either Fall or Spring semester)                                                     15 credits

“Capstone Course”

Junior or senior status (MUST BE 16-CA state requirement)

 “a-g” approved-meets “g” elective

  • 3Period block-must attend all periods! (12:38-4:10)

This course is designed to prepare students for entry- level employment. Students will learn how to work with infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. Topics addressed include: Intro to child care industry, development of children, curriculum, health and safety, and guidance and discipline. Specialty core units include: art for the young child, math and science for children, best nutrition and cooking practices, observations in the child care setting, and the creation of job portfolios.  Student must have reliable transportation to off campus child care site. Certificate of Training will be awarded if student completes the course with B or higher and has completed all community classroom/instructional hours needed for course. The Certificate of Training qualifies students for employment as provisional teachers under Title XXII in accordance with California Community Care Licensing regulations. The Certificate of Training also meets the Title V requirements for a Child Development Assistant Permit as issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Students also receive State mandated “Child Care Provider 8 hour Preventive Health and Safety” training, as well as American Heart Association Pediatric CPR and First Aid.