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Child & Adolescent Development

College of the Desert offers a Child and Adolescent Development Associate in Arts for Transfer degree, also called Child and Adolescent Development AA-T. Students completing this interdisciplinary degree are prepared to understand the processes of change and growth that characterize human development from conception to age 18. Course offerings are drawn from psychology, sociology, human development, anthropology, and biology, with electives from other departments. Students completing an associate’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development are qualified to work in school districts as classroom paraprofessionals and for social services programs as entry level social workers. Students completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in this major typically choose careers in education, social services, counseling, and guidance, or in the field of health.
The Child and Adolescent AA-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.
This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 21-23 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements. Student should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Advisor: Donna Greene
dgreene@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-776-7398

Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
BI 004 Elements of Biology 4
​ or BI​ ​007 Biology of Mammals ​ (3)​
​ECE 010​ ​Child Growth and Development 3​
​ECE 017​ ​Child Guidance ​3
​PSY ​001 ​Intro to Psychology ​3
​PSY 003​ ​Developmental Psychology ​3
​MATH ​014 ​Statistical Methods ​4
​ or SOC ​003 ​Fundamentals of Statistics (3)​
​​List A - Select 1 course (3 units):
ANTH 002 Cultural Anthropology (3)
​ECE ​012 Child, Family and Community Relations​ ​(3)
​SOC ​001 ​Introductory Sociology ​(3)
​SOC 014​ ​Introduction to Race and Ethnicity ​(3)
  Required Subtotal 21-23
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern1
​Transferable Electives2 (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
1 Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.
2 Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.
  * Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB1440) on page 42 of the 2017-18 COD Catalog