Child Development and Educational Studies Associate in Arts Degree


The Child Development and Educational Studies Associate of Arts Degree prepares students for employment as teachers or teacher’s assistants in private preschools or children’s centers. This degree also prepares students majoring in CDES for transfer to a four year institution. The CDES AA degree, in conjunction with CDES 225 F: Early Childhood Student Teaching Practicum, and the required minimum number of hours of field experience will meet the Title V Child Development Teacher Permit requirement. In many of the courses included in the CDES AA degree, students study, observe and learn utilizing the Child Development Laboratory Instructional Classrooms. A grade of C or better is required in each course taken. The Child Development and Educational Studies Associate in Arts Degree includes 21 units in required courses. (See catalog for General Education units).

Required Courses (21 units):
CDES 120 FChild Development3
CDES 122 F Principles of Early Childhood Education3
CDES 125 F Observation and Assessment for Early Learning and Development3
CDES 201 F Child in the Home and Community3
CDES 204 F Introduction to Special Education3
CDES 210 F Anti-Bias Perspective/Diversity Seminar3
CDES 238 F Reggio and Constructivism in Early Childhood3
Total Units21

Outcome 1: Know and understand the established as well as recent theories of child development.

Outcome 2: Recognize and challenge issues of bias that children, individuals and families experience.

Outcome 3: Analyze and think critically about the teacher’s comprehensive role in early learning and development settings.

Outcome 4: Recognize and evaluate the interrelationships of the child, family, school and greater community.

Outcome 5: Apply human development theory to observation and practice.

Outcome 6: Design quality early childhood programs and curriculum.