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Child Development


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DEAN
John Albano

Phone
(209) 384-6073

Area Office
IAC social sciences Bldg., 2nd floor

Counseling
(209) 384-6314

Cooperative Work Experience
(209) 384-6364

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Gainful Employment provides students information useful in determining which school to attend for career technical education training. GE information for Merced College can be found by selecting the Gainful Employment Disclosure icon on the Merced College home page or by logging on to the following web address: Merced College Gainful Employment

Program Description

The Merced College Child Development Department offers students classes and training to meet California requirements for credentials and licenses, as well as an Associate of Arts in Child Development (AA) degree and an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (AS-T in ECE) degree. Preparation includes transfer level courses with several that meet general education requirements and Certificates of Achievement. Throughout all courses, students are trained culturally sensitive and family-focused perspectives that emphasize the value of individual differences in your children. The Child Development Department works closely with many community programs to meet the specific needs of the early care and education workforce.

Students are strongly encouraged to transfer to a 4-year college or university. In several courses, students are given information about pursuing their bachelor, masters, and doctorate degrees. In particular classes, information, materials, and workshops on the California Teaching Credential Child Development Permit Matrix are shared. The permit matrix covers entry level positions through a master’s degree option. To increase the likelihood that students will transfer, students are required to develop an education plan with a counselor. Increasing numbers of our students are transferring to pursue degrees in child development, liberal studies, and other related fields.

For an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (AST in ECE):

  • 60 semester CSU-transferable units.
  • The California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • Obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • Earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Note: Students are not required to complete any additional local graduation requirements for the AS-T (e.g., PE and Computer and Information Literacy courses).

For an Associate in Arts in Child Development (AA):

  • 60 semester degree-applicable units.
  • Complete the associate breath requirements consisting of 23 units.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • Obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • Earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
  • Fulfill the following competency requirements:

Reading and Writing Competency:
Grade C or better in ENGL-01A or the equivalent
Math Competency:
Grade C or better in MATH-C or the equivalent

Career Opportunities

There are many opportunities for employment in the field of Early Childhood Education. People with training in child development can:

  • Work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children in positions including teacher assistants, teachers, directors, and program coordinators.
  • Open a small child care business, a licensed family child care home or a private child care center.
  • Become “in-home” child care providers who are hired by parents to do child care for children in the child’s home setting.
  • Become a foster parent.
  • Work as a teacher’s aide in elementary school programs.
  • Transfer to a four-year college or university in fields related to children, schools and families, such as elementary school teachers, social workers, parent educators, special education teachers and early intervention specialists.

Highlights

“Averaging thirty graduates per year,” the Child Development program is one of the largest career technical programs at Merced College. Child Development Certificate and Associate degree requirements are offered on both the Merced Campus and Los Banos Campus. For the convenience of the students, six of the eight required core courses are offered online. In addition, Merced College participates in three programs to assist students in their success: California Early Childhood Mentor Program (CECMT), Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families-Child Development Careers Program (TANF-CDC). Please call the Child Development Department at (209) 384-6150 for additional information.

Programs

    Associate of Science for TransferAssociate of ArtsCertificate

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