Associate of Science in Child Development (AS)

Division: Consumer/Family Studies

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of early childhood education programs. Students completing this degree will have a foundation in early childhood education through the study of child development theory and best practices in early care and education and will acquire skills and lab experience to orient them into the field of early childhood care and education workforce. It will also provide the education required to obtain a California Child Development Permit at a teacher and/or site supervisor level.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify and analyze the major theories and/or principles of child development.
  • Complete lab experience needed for employment in a licensed child care facility at an approved site.
  • Explain the requirements for CA Title 22 Licensing Regulations regarding health, safety, nutrition and mandated reporting law.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: teacher, master teacher, mentor teacher or site supervisor in early childhood programs (i.e., infant/toddler, preschool, school age, full inclusion); Preschool Director in a Title 22 Child Care Center, Early Intervention Assistant II in State Preschool and K-12 school districts, Child Development Specialist for Resource and Referral Program, Para Educator (Title I Schools), Family Support Services Worker (Home Base).


This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
CHLD 039Child Development-DS 1 *3
CHLD 042Child, Family & Society-DS23
CHLD 126Observation and Assessment-DS33
CHLD 140Principles of ECE-DS33
CHLD 141Practicum In ECE-DS33
CHLD 148Child Health/Safety/Nutri-DS73
CHLD 149Creative Curric/Children-DS33
CHLD 158Teaching in a Diverse Soci-DS33
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).