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Associate of Arts Degree in Child Development


Please note:  These requirements are based on 2018-2019 LAVC Catalog.

Complete a minimum of 60 degree applicable semester units consisting of required courses for major, general education and elective courses as needed.  Some major courses may double count for general education.  Each major course must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Download Graduation Petition Form and return the completed form to the Admissions and Records Office early in your last semester of completing the requirements.  Indicate the degree(s) and general education plan(s) you are completing. For the latest degree requirements, please see the LAVC catalog.


Required courses for major

Course Course Title UNITS
Ch Dev 1*  Child Growth and Development 3
Ch Dev 3 Creative Experiences for Children I 3
Ch Dev 11 Child, Family and Community 3
Ch Dev 22* Practicum in Child Development I  4
Ch Dev 23*  Practicum in Child Development II  4

Complete At Least 19 Units from The Following Courses

Course Course Title UNITS
Ch Dev 2 Early Childhood: Principles and Practices 3
Ch Dev 3  Creative Experiences for Children I 3
Ch Dev 7  Introduction to Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3
Ch Dev 10  Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
Ch Dev 29*  Infant Toddler Practicum 3
Ch Dev 30*  Infant and Toddler Studies I  3
Ch Dev 31*  Infant and Toddler Studies II  3
Ch Dev 34*  Observing and Recording Children’s Behavior 3
Ch Dev 35 Fostering Literacy Development in Young Children 3
Ch Dev 36  Literature for Early Childhood 1
Ch Dev 37 Literature for School Age Children 2
Ch Dev 38* Administration & Supervision of Early Childhood Programs I  3
Ch Dev 39* Administration & Supervision of Early Childhood Programs II  3
Ch Dev 42 Teaching in a Diverse Society  3
Ch Dev 44* Early Intervention for Children with Specials Needs  3
Ch Dev 45  Programs for Children with Special Needs 3
Ch Dev 47  School Age Programs II 3
Ch Dev 48  Positive Guidance in Early Childhood Settings  3
Ch Dev 53 Parenting 3
Ch Dev 172 Introduction to Careers in Child Development  1
Soc 12 Marriage and Family Life  1

Total units required for major: 36

Follow Associate Degree General Education Requirements – LACCD Plan to meet general education unit requirements.

Required general education units: 21

Required degree applicable elective units: 3

Total units required: 60

*This course has a prerequisite or a corequisite.
#Cross-referenced course.