Child Development

The Child Development Department at MCCC is designed to support students in acquiring an Associate’s Degree, Associates Degree for Transfer, and/or a Certificate in Child Development to prepare them for the workforce and/or continuing studies in the field.  The program offers opportunities for coursework, lab/practicum experiences and work experience.

Child Development Coursework & Degree Options

  • Associate of Science (AS) in Child Development
  • Associate of Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T) in Child Development
  • Child Development Certificates of Achievement options (24 units or more):
  • Associate Teacher
  • Child Care for School Age Children – Teacher
  • Child Development
  • Early Intervention Assistant
  • Family Child Care

Career Opportunities

A certificate or degree in Child Development provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to obtain employment in a variety of early care and education programs and positions, such as:

  • Assistant Teacher
  • Teacher (Infant/Toddler or Preschool)
  • Program/Center Director
  • Early Intervention Assistant
  • Before & After School - Extended Day Program Teacher/Assistant
  • Elementary Education
  • Social and Child Welfare
  • Child Life Specialist/Consultant
  • Child Advocate
  • Parent Educator

Courses Offered at MCCC:

  • CHDEV 1 – Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children
  • CHDEV 3 – Introduction to Curriculum
  • CHDEV 5 – Parent Education
  • CHDEV 6 – Health, Safety & Nutrition
  • CHDEV 8A – Introduction to School Age Child Care
  • CHDEV 8B – Programs for School Age Child Care
  • CHDEV 11 – The Young Child with Special Needs
  • CHDEV 12 – Child Abuse
  • CHDEV 15 – Diversity in Early Care & Education
  • CHDEV 16 – Early Intervention
  • CHDEV 17A – Infant/Toddler Practicum
  • CHDEV 19 – Cooperative Work Experience
  • CHDEV 20 – Observation & Assessment
  • CHDEV 30 – Child, Family & Community
  • CHDEV 37A – Early Childhood Practicum
  • CHDEV 37B – Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education
  • CHDEV 38 – Lifespan Development
  • CHDEV 39 – Child Growth & Development
  • CHDEV 49 – Behavior Management in the Classroom

Courses Offered Online within the SCCCD District:

  • CHDEV 17B – Advanced Infant Toddler Practicum
  • CHDEV 40A – Administration of Early Childhood Programs
  • CHDEV 40B – Administration II: Personnel & Leadership in Early Childhood Education
  • CHDEV 45 – Adult Supervision & Mentoring in Early Care & Education

Course selection should be based on Core 8 requirements (CH DEV 1, 3, 6, 15, 20, 30, 37A, 39), student selected areas of specialization (Preschool, Infant-Toddler, School-age, Early Intervention), and appropriate course sequences/pre-requisites. It is advised that students reference the Child Development Flow Chart and meet with a Child Development faculty member for advising.

Classes are offered on a rotating basis during the day and evening, on campus and online, during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Contact Information

Interested students are encouraged to meet with one of the Child Development Instructors to discuss the program, required courses and sequencing.

Tina Luera – – 559-675-4102

Traci Triplitt – – 559-675-4845

The Child Development Center Lab School and student course work

The Child Development Center is an integral part of the Child Development Program at Madera College Center.  The program serves our campus and community in three ways:

  • As an observation, demonstration, and training facility for Madera Community College Center Child Development Students
  • As a model early care and education center for other community programs to use as a resource
  • To provide for the care and education of children while their parents attend classes or are employed by SCCCD.

Child Development students and instructors utilize the Child Development Center to support Child Development Coursework and student objectives in multiple ways:

  • Students observe children, teacher-child interactions, curriculum, the environment, and materials to complete observation assignments for various courses.
  • Students gain hands on experience through practicum coursework and lab experiences under the supervision of the classroom Early Childhood Education Specialist and Associate teachers along with their course Instructors. These experiences provide students with opportunities for application and practice of course content and competencies.
  • Child Development students can gain hours of experience necessary to apply for a California Child Development Permit through the Department of Education - Teacher Credentialing Program.
  • Child Development students may have opportunities be hired as Student Staff/classroom assistants.

Additional Information/Resources:

National Association for the Education of Young Children:

Central California Association for the Education of Young Children:

Child Development Training Consortium:

*Child Development Instruction Flowchart

*For Information about the MCCC Child Development Center 

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