Child Development

Program Description

The Child Development Certificate Program provides opportunities to complete various career training certificates that create pathways to entry-level employment in the child care industry or transition to college. The certificate program pathways are designed to prepare students for professional or learning support positions in education, child care settings, and various other child, adolescent and family career opportunities. Emphasis is placed on the study of child growth and development; related standards and regulations; positive guidance techniques; health and nutrition practices, indoor and outdoor environments; and developmental learning strategies.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  • Critically assess significant systems that influence the development and well-being of children, families and communities.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to provide nurturing and ethical
caregiving based on theory, practice and recent research in the field of child development
  • Effectively communicate with children, families and industry professionals across diverse populations and lifestyles.
  • Examine specialized vocational paths to integrate caregiving
strategies that support inclusion and respect to their career and life goals.

Program Dean

Jacqueline Hester

Program Chair

Rachel Rose

Mission: San Diego College of Continuing Education commits to student success and community enrichment by providing tuition-free, accessible, equitable, and innovative quality education and support services to diverse learners in pursuit of lifelong learning, training, career advancement, and pathways to credit college. Read more about the SDCCE mission »