The Associate in Arts in Child and Adolescent Development for Transfer (AA-T) offers lower division coursework examining classical and contemporary research that promotes positive developmental outcomes spanning conception though emerging adulthood.  This option of study is intended for students who aspire to careers in developmental research, public policy, social work, school psychology, and similar fields. 

This degree is designed to facilitate the students to transfer to the California State University System with an Associate Degree in Child and Adolescent Development. This degree will satisfy the lower division requirements for the eventual conferral of the Bachelor’s Degree Program in Child and Adolescent Development; Human Development (Adolescent Option, Childhood Option, Children’s Services); or a major deemed similar at a CSU campus.   Students who complete the Child and Adolescent Development AA-T degree and choose to take other Early Childhood Education coursework as their electives will also be able to qualify for employment in the field of early childhood education, as well as earn a Child Development Permit issued by the CA State Commission of Teacher Credentialing. 

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives, theories, research methods, and core concepts of child development as an area of scientific inquiry. 
  • Assess how socialization and culture impact the lives of children and families. 
  • Demonstrate and understanding of contemporary childhood issues in a global context.
Required Courses (18-21 units) Units
EAR-20* Child and Growth Development 3
PSY-1/1H* General Psychology 3
MAT-12*/12H*      Statistics/Honors 4
or    
PSY-48*/SOC-48* Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
Electives A  Choose from list A below 9-11
Electives - List A (9-11 units) Units
ANT-2/2H Cultural Anthropology/Honors 3
EAR-42* Child, Family and Community 3
SOC-1*/1H* Introduction to Sociology/Honors 3
SOC-10* Race and Ethnic Relations 3
SOC-12* Marriage and Family Relations 3
PSY-9* Developmental Psychology 3
BIO-1*/1H* General Biology/Honors 4
A maximum of two of the following course may be used Units
EAR-19 Observations and Assessment 3
EAR-24 Introduction to Curriculum  3
EAR-25 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
EAR-30 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3
EAR-33 Infants and Toddler Development 3
EAR-34 Infants and Toddler Care and Education 2
EAR-43 Children with Challenging Behavior 3
HES-1* Health Science 3

*Courses may also be used to fulfill general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern, please confer with a counselor.                  

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Arts in Child and Adolescent Development for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements and with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (or a “P” if taken as Pass/No Pass).