What will I learn?

Students who major in Child Development are interested in working directly with children and families, or they want to work indirectly for children in administrative, advocacy, helping, or researcher roles. A major in Child and Adolescent Development examines classical and contemporary research that promotes positive developmental outcomes spanning conception through emerging adulthood. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, writing, computer literacy, public speaking, and leadership skills, allowing majors to find jobs in many different areas.

The Associate in Arts for Transfer degree in Child and Adolescent Development provides students with the foundational knowledge necessary to make a successful transition into a Baccalaureate Degree at any of the CSU campuses. The Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) is a special degree offered at California Community Colleges. Students who earn an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission to a campus within the California State University (CSU) system in a similar major, although not necessarily to a specific campus. Students who complete an AA-T or AS-T are given priority consideration when applying to a particular program that is similar to the student’s community college major and will be given a special GPA advantage when applying to CSU impacted campuses or majors. The Associate in Arts for Transfer degree in Child and Adolescent Development, allows students to transfer to a CSU campus to finish a bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development or a related field. Depending on the CSU campus, this interdisciplinary degree allows students to specialize in a variety of emphases: Child Development, Child Adolescent and Family Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences, Human Development, Liberal Studies (Child Development). A bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development or a related field typically leads to careers working with children and families in hospitals, human services, counseling, education, child/youth/family advocacy, foster care, juvenile and family courts, social services agencies, schools or public and private service-oriented programs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Contrast and compare typical and atypical development of children and adolescents.
  • Evaluate the role that context (i.e., family, peers, schools, communities, cultures) plays in development.
  • Discuss knowledge of the theories, concepts, developmental processes and empirical approaches in the scientific study of child and adolescent development from diverse perspectives across the 6 domains.
  • Plan developmentally appropriate differentiated instruction and curriculum based on formative assessment and needs of diverse learners.
  • Locate, interpret, and critically evaluate scholarly articles in field.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in the discourse of the discipline.

Which department am I in?

Santa Barbara City College

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$8,784.00 per year
Fall and Spring: USD $366 per unit for two semesters (12 units); Summer: USD $1,464 (4 units @ USD $366 per unit)
Application deadline

1 November 2021, 1 May 2022, 15 June 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 27 June 2022, 29 August 2022

Venue

Schott Campus

310 W. Padre Street,

SANTA BARBARA,

California,

93105, United States

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$8,784.00 per year
Fall and Spring: USD $366 per unit for two semesters (12 units); Summer: USD $1,464 (4 units @ USD $366 per unit)
Application deadline

1 November 2021, 1 May 2022, 15 June 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 27 June 2022, 29 August 2022

Venue

Santa Barbara City College

721 Cliff Drive,

SANTA BARBARA,

California,

93109, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Graduates of high schools or equivalent are eligible for admission, with the equivalent of a GPA of 2.0 or better.

Students must be 18 years or older by the start of the semester without restrictions.

English Proficiency: TOEFL: PBT 450, CBT 160, IBT 60; iTEP: 3.0; IELTS: 5.5; IGCSE: C; GTEC CBT: 1030; Pearson Test of English: 45; PTE Academic: 44; STEP-Eiken: Grade Pre-1.

Application deadlines: Fall Semester: June 15; Spring Semester: November 1; Summer Session: May 1

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

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