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Associate of Arts in Child Development
Course Descriptions


Lower-Division Associate of Arts in Child Development

EDU 101
Technology and Information Literacy for Educators (4 units)

This course is designed to provide students with the level of computer and information literacy needed to function effectively as a professional in contemporary early childhood settings and as a college student. Students will explore the online classroom, learn basic computing skills, practice using word processing and presentation applications, conduct and evaluate online research, and become familiar with the Internet and the university's student email system.

Note: Required course in first term for all online undergraduate programs.

ECE 101
Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 units)

This course introduces current educational theories and research, historical aspects, and current practices relating to child development.

ECE 103
Child Growth and Development (3 units)

This course focuses on the study of growth and development from the prenatal stages to adolescence, addressing physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains. The course emphasizes both the impact of cultural diversity on the lives of children and individual differences in the study of human development. This course requires some fieldwork.

ECE 105
Observation and Assessment Techniques (3 units)

This course covers various strategies of classroom and home observation of young children, as well as formal assessment methodologies used to understand children's developmental needs and age-appropriate curricula. This course requires students to observe children in various settings.

Prerequisites: ECE 101, ECE 103 or CD 100, and ECE 106 or CD 200

ECE 106
Child, Family, and Community (3 units)

Students explore the relationship between the child, family, community, and educators, including a study of parent education and involvement, family and community lifestyles, child abuse, and contemporary family life issues. This course gives special consideration to cultural diversity, social class, and gender roles and their impact on family dynamics, values, morals, and attitudes. This course requires some fieldwork.

Prerequisites: ECE 103 or CD 100

ECE 110
Early Childhood Curriculum (3 units)

By focusing on designing developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood education, this course ties curricula to the understanding of child development. Students explore planning and developing anti-bias curricula and childhood curriculum goals, objectives, and content standards related to social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development, including both theoretical foundations and practical applications. This course requires some fieldwork.

Prerequisites: ECE 101, ECE 103 or CD 100, and ECE 106 or CD 200

CD 214
Understanding Children's Behavior: Social Emotional Guidance (3 units)

This course focuses on understanding and analyzing young children's behavior while fostering healthy social and emotional development in preschool and primary-age children. The course will provide students with strategies for creating theory-based, individualized, child-centered interventions, and for establishing nurturing classroom learning communities in which all children feel safe, valued, and genuinely respected. The course will also provide an overview of guidance theories that focus on pro-social behavior while considering the child's developmental level as well as family and cultural contexts.

Prerequisites: ECE 101, ECE 103 or CD 100, and ECE 106 or CD 200


Choose the courses that interest you from our general education program, lower-division (100 or 200 level) associate degree courses, or these child development courses:

CD 219
Inclusive Practices for Young Children (3 units)

This course examines the four largest categories of exceptionality among young children: learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, developmental delays, and emotional disturbance. It identifies the various special needs of young children, including the gifted. This course also examines inclusive practices for children from birth to age 5, focusing on preschool-age environmental and curricular modifications. It specifically addresses ways to promote and support success in children within relationship-based child care. Students work on strategies for meeting the needs of individual children, including making adaptations and modifications in the environment and to the curriculum.

Prerequisites: ECE 103 or CD 100, ECE 106 or CD 200, and ECE 105

CD 254
Adult Supervision: Program and Professional Assessment (2 units)

This course provides an in-depth study of effective management and supervision procedures in child development settings. It emphasizes the study of methods and principles of program planning and professional assessment, evaluation, and communication appropriate for individuals who supervise adult teachers and volunteers in child-development programs.

Prerequisites: Completion of 12 units in ECE or Child Development

ECE 102
Principles of School-Age Child Care (3 units)
This course will examine the necessary elements for providing before- and after-school programs to children ages 5 to 13 (K–8 grades). Topics include quality, standards, and care issues; teachers' roles and qualifications; and working with families, schools, and communities.

ECE 104
The School-Age Child (3 units)

This course covers the principles of human development with an emphasis on children from 6 years through adolescence. It includes developmental theories and relevant contemporary research in the field. Students will apply knowledge in the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains to the school-age child-care setting. The course emphasizes both the influences of culture and early childhood education on human development. This course requires some fieldwork.

ECE 109
Child Development in Multicultural Contexts (1 unit)
Designed for students working with children both in the classroom and in the home setting, this course provides an overview of the philosophy, principles, cultural differences, and evaluation of health, safety, and nutrition in child-care settings. Students develop age-appropriate teaching strategies, with an emphasis on the importance of health, fitness, safety, and nutrition to the individual's overall school performance as well as social, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

ECE 212
Creative Experiences for Children (1 unit)
Play is the primary factor in the development of intelligence, personality, competencies, self-awareness, and social awareness. This course helps prepare students to plan and deliver developmentally appropriate experiences that foster children's creative expression in the cultural and performing arts (drama, dance, vocal and instrumental music, and studio art).

ECE 213
Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood (1 unit)
This course helps foster the development of skills and techniques for teaching young children language and literacy through an integrated and individualized curriculum. Students examine the development of language and literacy during the first five years of life with an emphasis on ages 2 through 5.

ECE 215
Management of Child Care Settings (3 units)
By providing an overview of the ethical and professional aspects of the early childhood teaching profession, this course examines legal and ethical issues, personnel management, team building, leadership, conflict resolution, stress management, advocacy, professionalism standards, and school and family partnership.

Prerequisites: Completion of 12 ECE or CD units

ECE 216
Infant-Toddler Care and Education (3 units)
Combining theory and practice, this course provides a solid foundation in infant-toddler care and education for both home and center-based settings. Students examine the health, safety, and nutritional needs of infants and toddlers. This course requires some fieldwork.

Prerequisites: ECE 103 or CD 100

ECE 217
Administering a Family Child Care (1 unit)
This course provides ideas and information to family day care providers to assist them in successfully operating a family day care home. Topics include licensing regulations, policies and contracts, financial and other records, marketing strategies, child neglect and abuse report requirements, and community. Students explore the integration of family day care and home life.

ECE 218
Early Childhood Environments (1 unit)
Students examine research-based concepts in creating and implementing routines as well as indoor and outdoor early childhood environments that meet the developmental needs and interests of culturally and linguistically diverse children and those with special needs. This course requires some fieldwork.