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Child and Adolescent Development, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner code:  2_AAT_CHAD
Control number: 37636
Financial aid: Eligible

The focus of this Child and Adolescent Development AA-T is to give students who may not be interested in a curricular or classroom focus an opportunity to transfer and pursue another specialty. This AA-T was designed specifically as an alternative choice for students interested in the interdisciplinary field of Child and Adolescent development. This AA-T gives students the lower division preparation required at CSUF, CSULB and CSUDH 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. Students interested in preschool teaching and receiving their Child Development Teaching Permit should complete the requirements for an Early Childhood AS-T. This coursework is designed to meet the needs of people 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). This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the AA-T in Child and Adolescent Development for CSU Transfer.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze the psychological, physical and cognitive influences on child development.
  2. Assess how socialization and culture impact the lives of children and families.
  3. Demonstrates the ability to promote developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies to address diverse approaches to learning. 
  4. Implement effective guidance strategies with children and adolescents. 
  5. Synthesize research-based theories including principles and practices of child and adolescent development and learning.

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
PSYC G116Child Growth and Development3
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
or PSYC G140 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
List A
Select three of the following:9-10
ANTH G100Introduction To Cultural Anthropology3
or SOC G100 Introduction To Sociology
or SOC G110 Introduction To Marriage And The Family
or SOC G133 Racial And Ethnic Relations In America
BIOL G100Introduction To Biology4
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
No more than two courses (maximum of 6 units) from the following may be used to meet List A requirements:
EDUC G102Teaching Diverse Contemporary Classrooms1
EDUC G103Technology Proficiencies For Teachers I2
EDUC G200The Teaching Profession3
ENGL G143Children's Literature3
HLED G135Nutrition3
MATH G104Mathematics For Elementary Teachers3
Major Total19-20
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double-counted9-20
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)10-22
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
PSYC G116Child Growth and Development (Area E: Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development)3
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area A1: Oral Communication course3
Area C1: Arts course3
Area F: Ethnic Studies course3
Units16
Course Title Units
Semester 2
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
or PSYC G140 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 (Area C2: Humanities course)3
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
Area C: Arts & Humanities course3
Select one of the following: +3-4
ANTH G100Introduction To Cultural Anthropology3
or SOC G100 Introduction To Sociology
or SOC G110 Introduction To Marriage And The Family
or SOC G133 Racial And Ethnic Relations In America
BIOL G100Introduction To Biology4
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
Units16-17

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
Area B1: Physical Science course if BIOL G100 not previously taken (with or without a lab) *3-4
Area A3: Critical Thinking course3-4
CSU Transferable 1 unit elective if both B1 and B2 sciences are only 3 units1
Select two of the following NOT already taken: +6-7
ANTH G100Introduction To Cultural Anthropology3
or SOC G100 Introduction To Sociology
or SOC G110 Introduction To Marriage And The Family
or SOC G133 Racial And Ethnic Relations In America
BIOL G100Introduction To Biology4
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
Units13-16
Course Title Units
Semester 4
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
Area B2: Life Science course (with or without a lab) *3-4
CSU Transferable elective coursework for a total of 9 units9
Units15-16