Skill Certificate in Child Development - Assistant

Division: Consumer/Family Studies

Students completing this certificate will acquire basic skills and knowledge leading to employment in early childhood programs. It will also provide the education required to obtain a California Child Development Permit at an Assistant level.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify the major theories and/or principles of child development.
  • Analyze the influence of family, community and/or culture on the developing child.  

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this certificate,students will be prepared for employment in the following jobs: assistant teacher or aide in private child care or early childhood program (i.e., infant/toddler, preschool, school age); assistant teacher in licensed family child care home, foster care provider, in-home care provider.

Required Courses (3 Units)3
Child Development-DS 1
Restricted Electives (3 Units)3
Select one of the following courses:
Child, Family & Society-DS2
Understanding Child Abuse
Children's Literature-DS3
Child Health/Safety/Nutri-DS7
Total6

The Skill Certificate requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Consumer Family Studies Division Chair.