Associate in Arts in Child & Adolescent Development for Transfer (AA-T)

Division: Consumer/Family Studies

Students completing the Associate in Arts in Child and Adolescent Development for Transfer will be able to seamlessly transfer into the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Child and Adolescent Development. Students completing this degree will have an introductory foundation for the field of Child and Adolescent Development through the study of the theories and principles of child and adolescent development, psychology, typical and atypical development, research methods, statistics, the role of family, community, society and culture on development. Students will acquire skills and abilities in their understanding of the major theories and principles of child and adolescent and how to apply this knowledge to their personal and professional goals.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, historical and contemporary trends in child and adolescent development.
  • Critically analyze how the theories and basic principles apply to their personal lives and contemporary social issues.

Transfer & Career Opportunities

This Associate in Arts in Child and Adolescent Development for Transfer (AA-T) Degree is intended to meet the lower division requirements for Child and Adolescent Development and related majors for all CSU campuses. Students planning to transfer to institutions other than the CSU are encouraged to consult and a COS counselor for program planning and course selection. Course requirements vary between colleges and universities and students are encouraged to consult and a COS counselor for program planning and course selection. Most common career opportunities with a baccalaureate degree include: elementary and secondary educator, social worker, counselor, child-care worker, parent educator, community service provider, child and youth advocate, after-school program staff, researcher, and program administrator.

Program Requirements 

Select one of the following General Education patterns:
California State University General Education (CSU-GE) *
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU) **
CHLD 039Child Development-DS 13
PSY 001General Psychology3
SSCI 025Statistics - Social Sciences3-4
or MATH 021 Introduction to Statistics
or BUS 020 Business Statistics
CHLD 042Child, Family & Society-DS23
Select two of the following courses:
BIOL 020Frontiers in Biology4
CFS 080Lifespan Development3
EDUC 050Introduction to Teaching3
NUTR 018Nutrition3
Select additional transferable courses numbered 1-199 to achieve 60 units. The division recommends the following electives: Understanding Child Abuse (CHLD 134), School-Age Child Care (CHLD 152), Human Sexuality (PSY 010), and Marriage and Family Life (SOC 026).

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer requirements include completion of the 60 unit program defined above with at least 12 units taken in residence at College of the Sequoias with a "C" (2.0) average and a "C" or better grade in all required major and unrestricted electives courses (see Transfer Information and Requirements for additional details).