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What will I learn?

The focus of this Child and Adolescent Development AA-T is to give students who may not be interested in a curricular or classroom focus an opportunity to transfer and pursue another specialty. This AA-T was designed specifically as an alternative choice for students interested in the interdisciplinary field of Child and Adolescent development. This AA-T gives students the lower division preparation required at CSUF, CSULB and CSUDH to pursue alternative career paths in child and adolescent development such as elementary or special education teaching and other careers working with children and families. Students interested in preschool teaching and receiving their Child Development Teaching Permit should complete the requirements for an Early Childhood AS-T. This coursework is designed to meet the needs of people planning to transfer for further studies in the interdisciplinary field of Child and Adolescent Development, and to transfer to a CSU into programs in Child Development, Human Development, Child and Adolescent Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Liberal Studies (Child Development). This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the AA-T in Child and Adolescent Development for CSU Transfer.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Analyze the psychological, physical and cognitive influences on child development

2. Assess how socialization and culture impact the lives of children and families

3. Demonstrates the ability to promote developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies to address diverse approaches to learning.

4. Implement effective guidance strategies with children and adolescents.

5. Synthesize research-based theories including principles and practices of child and adolescent development and learning

Which department am I in?

Golden West College

Study options

Full Time (60 units)

Tuition fees
US$7,368.00 per year
USD $377 per unit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 January 2022


Golden West College

15744 Goldenwest Street,



92647, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

All applicants must have earned the equivalent of a high school diploma or be at least 18 years old by the start of their first term.

IELTS - 5.5; iTEP Academic - 3.5; PTE Academic - 45; TOEFL iBT - 61; TOEFL PBT- 500; GTEC CBT - 1075; Duolingo Test for English (1st attempt only) - 85

All application materials must be submitted by the following deadlines: July 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Golden West College

Based across over 120 acres of beautiful campus, Golden West College (GWC) is an open-access institution that offers academic quality and innovation.

  • Located on a beautiful campus in Southern California
  • Outstanding University Transfer Preparation programs
  • More than 60 major options across a range of disciplines
  • Part of the multi-campus Coast Community College District