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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA Transfer Child and Adolescent Development

The Associate in Arts in Child and Adolescent Development for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students to transfer to certain California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to CSUs in majors that may include Child and Adolescent Development, Psychology (some CSUs), Early Childhood Studies, Human Development, Elementary Subject Matter Teacher Preparation (some CSUs), Adolescent Development, Family Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences and Humanities. The degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific CSUs and to validate which CSUs are considered local.

Learn more about the program on the Child Development and Education website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate understanding of the needs and characteristics of children, birth through middle childhood, and the multiple influences on their development as related to the high-quality care and education of young children.
  • Students will demonstrate ethical standards and professional behaviors that deepen knowledge and commitment to the field of early care and education as related to NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 90 units is required to include:

Completion of one of the following general eduation patterns:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the *Intersegmental Genearl Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) 49-58 units (full certification is required)
  • Core and suppport courses (30-33 units, of which 18-33 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

* IMPORTANT NOTE: Although it is possible to fulfill the requirements for the Associate Degree for Transfer by completing the IGETC for UC pattern, admission to CSU requires completion of an Oral Communication course (IGETC Area 1C; CSU GE Area A-1); therefore, students who plan to transfer to CSU should complete this course as part of their GE or elective units.

Online Courses for Child and Adolescent Development

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every tow years. Please see online Schedule of Classes for verification.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Core Courses (18 units)

CHLD 1 Child Growth & Development: Prenatal through Early Childhood 4
CHLD 2 Child Growth & Development II: Middle Childhood through Adolescence 4
PSYC 1 General Psychology 5
or PSYC 1H Honors General Psychology 5
MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 5
or PSYC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5
or SOC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5

Support Courses (12-15 units)

List A

Complete THREE courses from the following:

ANTH 2A Cultural Anthropology 4
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthropology 4
or CHLD 8 Child, Family & Community 4
or SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 5
or SOC 1H Honors Introduction to Sociology 5
or SOC 23 Race & Ethnic Relations 4
or SOC 40 Aspects of Marriage & Family 4
BIOL 8 * Basic Nutrition 5
BIOL 45 Introduction to Human Nutrition 4
CHLD 56 * Observation & Assessment 4
CHLD 89 * Curriculum for Early Care & Education Programs 4
CHLD 95 * Health, Safety & Nutrition in Children's Programs 4
GEOG 1 * Physical Geography 5
or GEOG 2 * Human Geography 4
or GEOG 10 * World Regional Geography 4
PSYC 14 * Child & Adolescent Development 4
PSYC 40 Human Development 5
SOC 11 * Introduction to Social Welfare 5

* The student may select a maximum of two courses from those noted with an asterisk.

Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements, please visit  Associate Degree for Transfer-Child and Adolescent Development 2022-2023.

Based on the 2022 - 2023 degree program.