Child and Adolescent Development Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer


The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer in Child and Adolescent Development, also called the AA-T (or ADT), prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor's degrees in Child and Adolescent Development. Ed Code Section 66746-66749 states students earning the Child and Adolescent Development AA-T degree will be granted priority for admission as a Child Development major to a CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. The program is designed to prepare students for working with young children from birth through adolescence, and for employment in child development programs, public and private pre-schools, and children's centers. The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer in Child and Adolescent Development requires a total of 19 units.

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees, and there are no additional graduation requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  3. ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.
Required Courses: Select 3 courses (10 units):10
Child Development3
Introductory Probability and Statistics4
Honors Introductory Probability and Statistics
Elementary Statistics for Behavioral Science
Honors Elementary Statistics for Behavioral Science
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
General Psychology3
Honors General Psychology
Restricted Electives: Select 3 courses (9 units):9
Cultural Anthropology3
Honors Cultural Anthropology
Human Biology3
Introduction to Early Childhood Education Curriculum3
Child in the Home and Community3
Developmental Psychology: Life Cycle3
Introduction to Sociology3
Honors Introduction to Sociology
Marriage and Family3
Honors Marriage and Family
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3
Total Units19

Outcome 1: Differentiate development in various domains of child development: physical, psychosocial, and cognitive, including typical and atypical development, and integrate knowledge of the domains into comprehensive understanding of child development.

Outcome 2: Differentiate the major perspectives of psychology, including the areas of biological, behavioral, cognitive, psychodynamic and humanistic psychology.

Outcome 3: Demonstrate reasonable knowledge regarding descriptive statistics and will be able to calculate the mean, mode, median, range and standard deviation.