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Child and Adolescent Development, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 3_AAT_CHAD
Control Number: 38335

The Child and Adolescent Development Associate in Arts for Transfer was designed specifically to address the teacher shortage in California and as an alternative choice for students interested in the interdisciplinary field of Child and Adolescent development either as a stand-alone paraprofessional degree or a career ladder for transfer.  This degree gives students the lower division preparation required by CSU's 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.
The Child and Adolescent Development Associate in Arts for Transfer is especially designed to meet the needs of students interested in an education/ teaching related career who prefer online classes and/or cannot always attend traditional face-to-face classes due to employment, marital status, family responsibilities, distance, and expenses incurred with traditional education schedules.
Besides the option for a  stand-alone degree, coursework is at the same time designed to meet the needs of students  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/Teaching).
Included is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a Coastline counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss optimum course selection for a terminal degree for a paraprofessional or optimum course selection for transfer purposes, non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the Child and Adolescent Development Associate in Arts for Transfer for CSU Transfer.
This degree is separate from the Associate of Science for Transfer in Early Childhood Education, which prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor’s degrees in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. Students interested in preschool teaching and receiving their Child Development Teaching Permit should complete the requirements for an Early Childhood Associate in Science for Transfer. However, students who complete the Child and Adolescent Development Associate in Arts for Transfer and choose to take other child development coursework as their electives will also be able to qualify for employment in the field of Early Childhood Education, as well as earn a Child Development Permit issued by the California State Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Ed Code Section 66746-66749 states students earning the Child and Adolescent Development Associate in Arts for Transfer will be granted priority for admission as a Child Development major to a CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies.
The following is required for all transfer degrees, and there are no additional graduation requirements: (1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following: (a) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements. (b) A minimum of 18-semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district. (2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. (3) ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Will be eligible (with appropriate GPA) for seamless transfer into the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Child and Adolescent Development or related major.
  2. Will be able to apply major concepts of child adolescent development, education, and family theory in order to work in programs aimed at supporting children and families. 
  3. Apply knowledge, skills, experience, and feedback to make an informed choice to be employed and/or to continue study in the interdisciplinary field of child/adolescent development.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units. A minimum of 12 units must be in residence at Coastline College.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an Associate Degree for Transfer major as detailed in the catalog.
  4. Certified Completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth - Coastline’s Option 2 General Education pattern), OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC - Coastline Option 3 General Education pattern).
Course Title Units
Required Core:
MATH C160Introduction to Statistics4
PSYC C100Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC C116Child Growth and Development3
List A:9
Complete three coureses from the following
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Biology
Family, School, and Community Partnerships
Life Span Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Marriage and Family
Complete a minimum of six additional units from the following:6
Introduction to Computers in Education: Technology Proficiencies for Teachers 1
Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Diverse Contemporary Classrooms
The Teaching Profession
Total Required for the Major25
CSU General Education or IGETC pattern37-39
Transfer Electives as needed to reach 60 transferable units
Total Units60
Course Title Units
Students seeking a teaching emphasis for this degree should consider completing some or all of the following courses, depending on selected pathway, permit, or credential:
EDUC C103Introduction to Computers in Education: Technology Proficiencies for Teachers 12
EDUC C104Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Diverse Contemporary Classrooms1
EDUC C180Family, School, and Community Partnerships3
EDUC C200The Teaching Profession3.5
EDUC C210Introduction to Special Education3
ENGL C143Children's Literature3
MATH C104Mathematics for Elementary Teachers3