If you love working with children and want to pursue a career in the field of Child Development, then you will get a solid foundation to build upon at PCC. Learn from a theoretical perspective about how children develop and what role adults play in that development. Plus, you will get practical experience working with children in an academic environment with guided experiences.


PCC's Child Development (CHDV) discipline focuses on a curriculum that includes children from infancy through school age. Courses provide a theoretical foundation and prepare students for careers in classroom environments with infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children; family day care; parks and recreation; special education; extended day care; and public and nonprofit agencies concerned with the development and welfare of children. The CHDV program is affiliated with the PCC Child Development Center, a state-funded and NAEYC Accredited Center. NAEYC Accreditation represents the highest quality in childcare. Throughout the CHDV program, students receive supervised training at the CDC as part of their curriculum.

The CHDV curricula meet the coursework requirement for the California Child Development permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Title V) and for the California State Department of Social Services (Title XXII). Additionally, a number of courses meet General Education requirements for the Associate of Science degree and for transfer to a four-year institution.

Our curriculum meets the coursework requirements for the California Child Development permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. A number of our courses meet General Education requirements for the Associate of Science degree and for transfer to a four-year institution. 


Associate of Science for Transfer Degree

The Associate of Arts (AA-T) and Associate of Science (AS-T Degrees for Transfer make it easier for you to transfer to a California State University to earn a bachelor degree. Earning an AA-T or AS-T degree at PCC guarantees you admission to the CSU system with junior standing and prepares you to complete a Bachelor degree in a similar major at a CSU campus.

Certificates of Achievement

Our Certificates of Achievement give you the knowledge and training you need to enter a specialized career or enhance your skills for advancement in your job. Coursework completed while earning a Certificate can also be applied to an Associate Degree to further increase your employability.

Associate of Science Degree

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

When earning an AS degree in Child Development, you will choose one of the above Certificate of Achievements as your major. In addition to the Certificate Requirements, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree.


Occupational Skills Certificate

Earning an Occupational Skills Certificate develops your job skills in a special area of occupational education in a short period of time. Successful completion may certify that you are prepared with job entry skills leading to a full Certificate of Achievement program, or skills to upgrade or advance in an existing career.

With a certificate or degree in Child Development, you will be prepared to start a career as one of the following:

  • Teacher Aide
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Master Teacher
  • Site Supervisor
  • Program Director
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • High School Teacher
  • Parent Educator
  • Children's Environment Designer
  • Sales and Marketing of Children's Products
  • Social Worker
  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Become a Credentialed Teacher!

We also offer the Teacher Preparation Program (also called the Blended program), which is a support for students transferring to a four-year institution for a Bachelor's Degree and teaching credential. Find out more!