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Associate of Science in Child Development - Site Supervisor




What will I learn?

Child Development professionals are instrumental in shaping the social, personal, and intellectual makeup of children and adolescents. They have a great impact on the development of attitudes, values, skills, and knowledge of young individuals that will govern their adult behavior throughout life. More specifically, they help children explore their interests, tap into their natural abilities and talents, build self-esteem, and, ultimately, realize their potential through classroom instruction, guidance, play, and creative activities.

The Child Development major is designed to provide a broad base of knowledge related to the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of growth and development, as well as the care and guidance of children. It focuses on promoting understanding of the scientific study of children within the family, cultural, peer, school, and neighborhood contexts which influence their development.

The GCC Child Development programs intend to prepare graduates for careers in various work settings, including public and private child care facilities, youth programs, preschool education, hospitals, before/after school care facilities for school age children, human service agencies, counseling, as well as early intervention and advocacy services. Child Development is an excellent undergraduate major for elementary teachers and school administrators. It can also serve as a great foundation for graduate study in social sciences and professional fields (e.g., psychology, medicine, nursing, education, public policy).

Program Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this program, students will develop an understanding of young children, and of the multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning in order to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging for all children; understand and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities; use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families and involve families in their children’s learning and development; articulate and understand the goals, benefits, and uses of observation and assessment, develop competence in the use of observation, documentation and assessment techniques and tools to support teaching and learning in partnership with families and other professionals; plan and implement developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically relevant experiences that promote and/or support development and learning for all young children; and identify as a member of the early childhood profession, understand and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

This curriculum is designed for those students who plan careers in early childhood administration and supervision. The program requires completion of 33 units in Child Development plus the completion of the requirements for the Associate in Science degree.

The certificate is outlined in acknowledgment of the California Child Development Permit, which is issued through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The permit enables an educator to move along a career ladder which supports a hierarchy of professional goals and competencies relative to employment and leadership. The required courses listed for this child development certificate meet the requirements of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for teachers of Child Development Centers, Extended Day Care Centers, and other publicly funded children’s centers; the requirements of the California Child Development Permits: Preschool and School-Age Matrixes, and Administrative Code, Title XXII for teachers and directors of state licensed infant/toddler, preschool, and school-aged programs; the recommendations of the California Community Colleges Curriculum Alignment Project.

Which department am I in?

Social Sciences Division

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$7,581.00 per year

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

Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

Expected February, June, August 2023


Social Sciences Division



91208, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High School transcripts and Diploma: minimum of 2.0

For international students

High School transcripts and Diploma; minimum of 2.0 or "C" grade point average., if transferring directly from a U.S.-based College or University

TOEFL score minimum 45 on iBT; or IELTS band score of 4.5 minimum

Application Deadlines : July 1 for FALL Semester; December 1 for SPRING Semester and May 15th for the Summer Session

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


About Glendale Community College

Glendale College has one of the best transfer rates in the county for entry to both California State University and the University of California.

  • Completion of associate course guarantees degree entry
  • Glendale is one of the safest cities in the state
  • Live and study in the best locations in California
  • Growing international student community

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