The Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Child Development Program is designed to meet the needs of those students who wish to prepare themselves for employment or who are currently employed in the Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education field. This curriculum prepares student to teach in programs for children including: private facilities, parent cooperative, Head Start programs, Children’s Centers and infant/toddler or school age programs. In addition, this program also prepares students to transfer to four-year universities in either Child Development or Teacher Education majors.
The Child Development Program offers various educational options. Completion of each program leads to a certificate, transfer option and/or an Associate in Arts degree. With additional general education units and required experience, the student will be eligible for the Child Development Permit as defined under Title 5. Meeting this requirement will enable the student to teach in both Federal and State preschool programs.
The Child Development courses provide training in infant and toddler care; working with school age children; supervising and administrating childcare programs, as well as working with special needs children. Students who complete this degree program will be proficient in the methodology of working with young children through the extensive overview of theories and application of child development, the development of curriculum and lesson planning techniques, ways to observe and record child behavior, and classroom management techniques.
Associate in Arts Degree
The Child Development courses required for the Associate in Arts degree provide training in infant and toddler care; working with school age children; supervising and administrating childcare programs, and working with special needs children.
The need for qualified personnel to work with young children has risen over 100 % over the last 10 years. Early childhood centers are requiring teaching staff to have AA and BA degrees in Child Development. Los Angles Universal Preschool is creating 5000 preschool spaces and so this requires highly qualified teaching staff with the college training in child development. [LAUP Feb 2006].
Students who complete this degree program will be proficient in methodology of working with young children through the extensive overview of theories and application of child development, development of curriculum and lesson planning techniques, ways to observe and record child behavior, and classroom management techniques.
Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer
This degree is intended for students who plan to complete a baccalaureate degree in a similar program or major at a CSU campus. Students who complete this degree will gain priority admission to a CSU and to a similar program or major. Students who are pursuing the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer must complete 60 units that include 25 units of Child Development core courses and 37-39 units of CSU-GE Pattern or IGETC courses, and must obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
Mantoux Test: Some Child Development courses may require you to obtain a Mantoux test for Tuberculosis. The college Health Center provides this service. Please call ahead for days and times the Health Center provides this service.
Criminal Clearance: In order to fulfill State licensing requirements for employment in private and public programs you must receive a Criminal Clearance to work with young children. Consult with faculty for additional information.
CPR Class: Your employer may require you to take a 15 hour Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation class. This class covers training on basic first aid for infants and children, CPR techniques as well as information on basic health and sanitation procedures.
Child Development Associate in Arts Degree – Plan A (Transfer)
Child Development Associate in Arts Degree – Plan B
Child Development Certificates of Achievement