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Welcome to Child Development

Events

Oct. to Dec., 2015
Child Development Student Success Team (PDF)

Dec. 3, 2015
Practicum Information Session (PDF)

Dec. 5, 2015
Adult, Infant & Child CPR Training (PDF)

 

Documents

CD 4 & 7 Updates (PDF)

Child Development Program Booklet
2014-2015
 (PDF)

CD Certificates & Permit Workshop (PDF)

Child Development Permit Matrix via
CDTC Website

Child Development Workforce Initiative
(CD WFI) Application
 - formerly CAST

Child Development now offering an AS-T in Early Childhood Education. Learn more!

NEW MAJORS | MISSION STATEMENT

 

Welcome to the Los Angeles Valley College Child Development Department. Our goal is to prepare you with the practical experience necessary to become an expert member of the early childhood workforce.

At the Los Angeles Valley College Child Development Department, we feel that early childhood shapes our future society. Therefore, through emphasizing theory and best practices, you will be provided with an in-depth understanding of the whole child in relation to physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. We will also focus on science, technology, English, art, and math (STEAM) education, understanding that such study greatly increases student success.

We offer an AA degree and seven different certificates, which allow you a broad spectrum of opportunities. You may wish to teach, become a program director, or become a childcare owner.  The possibilities are endless.

If you choose to move beyond an AA Degree, our program prepares you to transfer to a four-year university and receive a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD in this or a related field. Not only are child development related careers rewarding on a personal level, but they can be financially rewarding, as well.  

We have placed many students into excellent work sites. If you are considering a career teaching transitional kindergarten, we are pleased to inform you that Los Angeles County Childcare is offering stipends to transitional kindergarten teachers. If you are considering a career teaching elementary school, we are happy to announce that Los Angeles Unified School District is always looking for new teachers. 

For more information about our department and programs, please enjoy our website or contact us.


Elmida Baghdaserians, Ed.D.
Child Development Department Chair
Child Development Family Complex (CDFC) Room 170
(818) 778-5502
baghdaes@lavc.edu

 


“I absolutely love this department. I have never felt so comfortable sharing my personal experiences with my classmates and my amazing professor, Tracy Baca. It was only when I started taking child development classes in this department that I realized how much love and respect I have for teachers and teaching.”

--Angineh Nazarian


Child Development Class


“I took one child development class and fell in love. Each instructor takes their time to express their education and knowledge with each student. The building is so progressive, with a child center and classrooms filled with color and enthusiasm. I am thankful to be a part of Valley College’s Child Development program."

--Tracy Marroquin


Our Certificate and AA programs are as follow:

Degrees:


Certificates:


“I am taking Child Development at Valley College in order to become a teacher. As an older student – I am a fifty-year-old mother with a career change – I truly think that this class is amazing. My learning experience has been really enhanced by these modern classrooms and a very professional teacher with years of experience.”

--Steph Reynaud


Tracey Baca with students


EFFECTIVE SPRING 2015 

ATTENTION CD MAJORS!  We are offering a NEW degree!

AS-T in Early Childhood Education

(Program Code 130509, State Code 32741)

Students completing the Associate in AS-T in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree will have satisfied the lower division major preparation at most CSUs in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Human Development, or related major with a junior status. The AS-T in Early Childhood Education provides the students with the knowledge and experiences necessary to work as a teacher in a variety of early childhood settings. Students will be able

to develop, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum (0 to 8 years old) in an early childhood class- room. Students will be able to apply effective guidance strategies and teaching skills in the early childhood classroom (0 to 8 years old) that fosters young children’s emotional, cognitive and physical development. Students will identify and apply professional behaviors and ethical standards when working with children, families, staff, colleagues and communities. Students will analyze strategies that promote and support collaboration between programs, families and communities.

Required Courses

  • Ch Dev 1* Ch Dev 2 Ch Dev 7 Ch Dev 10 Ch Dev 11 Ch Dev 22* Ch Dev 34* Ch Dev 42
  • Child Growth and Development 3 
  • Early Childhood Principles and Practices 3 
  • Introduction to Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3 
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition 3 
  • Child, Family and Community 3 
  • Practicum in Child Development I  4 
  • Observation and Assessment 3 
  • Teaching in a Diverse Society 3

             Total: 25 

Our Objective & Mission Statement

Our goal is to prepare students with the practical experience necessary to become competent members of the early childhood workforce. Through emphasizing theory and best practices, students will be provided an in-depth understanding of the whole child in relation to the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

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