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Child Development Degrees

Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer

Required Courses 

Dept. /No. –  Title –  Units
CD-010 Child Development – 4
CD-012 Child, Family, and Community – 3
CD-014 Principles & Practices in Early Childhood Education – 3
CD-015 Child Development Practicum – 3
CD-030 Introduction to Curriculum – 3
CD-044 Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition – 3
CD-074 Living and Teaching in a Diverse Society – 3
CD-075 Observation and Assessment – 3

Total Units for the Major – 25 unites
General Education (CSU GE or IGETC) Units – 37-39
Elective (CSU Transferable) Units – 1
MINIMUM DEGREE UNITS – 60
Advisor: K. White

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate their ability and commitment to design, facilitate, and assess relationship-based learning environments and experiences that are based in theoretical principles that optimally nurture children’s growth and development. (Institutional SLOs: Critical Thinking)
2. Demonstrate and apply professional and ethical standards of behavior in the workplace with children, families, and coworkers. (Institutional SLOs: Communication and Ethics)
3. Research, appraise, and discuss child advocacy issues and methods based on historical and current public policy and legislation. (Institutional SLOs: Critical Thinking and Information Competency)
4. Articulate a personal growth pathway that supports ongoing development of reflective practice. (Institutional SLOs: Personal Development)

Early Childhood Education for Transfer Overview
Copper Mountain College’s Child Development program has both an academic and an employment orientation. Students prepare to work in a variety of childcare settings while completing degree applicable coursework. Students acquire the fundamental knowledge and competencies needed to design and facilitate learning environments and experiences that optimally nurture young children’s growth and development. The academic program leads towards an Associate in Science degree that can transfer into continued study suitable for a baccalaureate degree in Child Development or a related field. As they progress through the degree program, students can earn certificates by meeting qualifications they need to obtain State Permits required to work in Title XXII and Title V state and federal  childcare programs.
A certificate leading towards a Child Development Associate (CDA) national permit is also available. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in child development or a related field should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

Both Child Development and general education coursework leading to Certificates or the  Associate in Science degree must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. There is an additional experience requirement at some of the Permit  levels.

Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer

Required Courses:

Dept./ No. –  Title – Units
BI-004 Elements of Biology – 3
BI-004L Elements of Biology Laboratory – 1
CD-010 Child Development – 4
EDUC-010 Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching – 3
ENG-001B Composition and Literature – 3
ENG-003A College Composition – 3
G-010 The Earth Sciences – 4
GEOG-007 Regional Geography – 3
HIST-003 History of World Civilizations – 3
HIST-017 U.S. History through Reconstruction – 3
MATH-016 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers – 3
PH-001 Introductory Physics – 4
PS-001 Introduction to Government – 3
SP-004 Public Speaking – 3

Select one (1) course from the following (4-5 units):
CH-003, CH-001A – 4-5

Select one (1) course from the following (3 units):
SOC-004, SP-007 – 3

Select one (1) course from the following (3 units):
ART-010, MUS-010, TA-001 – 3

Total Units for the Major – 54-55
General Education (CSU GE or IGETC) Units – 37-39
Elective (CSU Transferable) Units – 4-6
MINIMUM DEGREE UNITS – 60
Advisor: K. White

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:

1. Articulate an integrated understanding of the needs, characteristics, and multiple influences on the development of children at the elementary age level.
2. Identify effective guidance and interaction strategies that support children’s social and emotional development.
3. Recognize the essential elements of learning environments that are conducive to optimal learning at the elementary school level.
4. Demonstrate and evaluate ethical standards and professional behaviors required of an effective educator.
5. Demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement of one’s own effectiveness in modeling empathy, enthusiasm for learning, and effective problem solving for young children.
6. Analyze models and methods of eff ective teaching for students with diverse backgrounds and needs.
7. Research, integrate, and communicate knowledge and ideas in a coherent and meaningful manner.

Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer Overview
The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer meets the needs of students interested in transferring to a four year college or university with the goal of completing a Liberal Studies and other related undergraduate degrees in preparation for a post-baccalaureate Multiple Subjects teaching credential as mandated by California Commission in Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). It is designed to facilitate the successful transfer within the CSU system and will provide students with the lower division breadth and depth in the field of Elementary Teacher Education and Liberal Studies degrees. Additional requirements for the Elementary Teacher  education major vary at each CSU campus as well as other universities or colleges. It is highly recommended that students meet with their CMC counselor to discuss other possible courses that are part of the major preparation to a local CSU campus and additional information for other university or college admission and transfer requirements.

This degree includes the following completion requirements:
(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including
both of the following:
(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Child Development Certificates

Students must complete the required courses for their major. General education units, transferable electives, and total degree units will vary for each student.  Some considerations include the courses (and their respective units) chosen to complete a general education area or transferable elective, and if required courses  for your major also count toward a general education area. Please see your academic counselor to help you reach your educational goals.

Teacher Certificate of Achievement with emphasis on employment preparation

Required Courses 

Dept. /No. –  Title –  Units
CD-010 Child Development – 4
CD-012 Child, Family, and Community – 3
CD-014 Principles & Practices in Early Childhood Education – 3
CD-015 Child Development Practicum – 3
CD-030 Introduction to Curriculum –  3
CD-074 Living & Teaching in a Diverse Society – 3
CD-075 Observation & Assessment – 3
CD-076 Guidance & Discipline for Young Children – 3

General Electives:
Take at least sixteen (16) units choosing at least one (1) course in each of the following four categories:
Math or Science; English or Language Arts; Humanities or Fine Arts; and Social Sciences. Note: General Elective courses may also count toward General Education requirements for the Associate’s Degree. Consultation with Child Development Faculty in choosing general elective courses is highly recommended.

Required Courses – 25 untis
General Electives – 16 units
TOTAL CERTIFICATE UNITS – 41
Advisor: K. White

Associate Teacher Certificate of Achievement with emphasis on employment preparation

Required Courses:

Dept./ No. –  Title – Units
CD-010 Child Development – 4
CD-012 Child, Family, and Community – 3
CD-014 Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education – 3
CD-030 Introduction to Curriculum – 3
CD-075 Observation and Assessment – 3

Required Courses – 16 units 
TOTAL CERTIFICATE UNITS – 16
Advisor: K. White

Interested in Becoming an Early Childhood Professional…
Do you have?

  • Passion for working with children
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Enthusiasm for Children
  • Patience and Humor
  • Creativity and Flexibility

Then a career in Early Childhood Education is the right Path for you.  Let CMC help start you on that adventure!

* Early Childhood Teacher
* Early Childhood Director
* Family Advocate
* Head Start Teacher
* Early Childhood Consultant
* TK Teacher
* Curriculum Developer
* Early Childhood Special Ed.


Kimberly White, Full-time Faculty
kwhite@cmccd.edu (760)366-3791 x 0469
Kim Martin, Part-time Faculty
kmartin@cmccd.edu (760)366-3791 x 0452