ADT in Child and Adolescent Development

The Associate in Arts in Child and Adolescent Development for Transfer degree is a 60-unit degree program that provides lower-division preparation for students planning to transfer to a CSU for a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development, Child Development, Child, Adolescent & Family Studies, Human Development or other related majors. The intention of this degree is to prepare students to transfer and complete degrees and professional programs in the fields of K-12 teaching, clinical social work, clinical psychology, school psychology, school counseling, college teaching, public policy, and/or developmental research. In this major, students will explore theories and concepts about bio-physical, socio-emotional, and cognitive developmental milestones from conception through adolescence; individual and cultural differences; and common variations in development. In this broad, interdisciplinary curriculum, students will develop critical thinking, writing, and oral presentation skills in preparation to be professionals working with children and families.


Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following 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:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    2. 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.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 

Required courses:
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 206Child Growth and Development3
MATH 165Introductory Statistics4
or MATH 165H Introductory Statistics - Honors
Select three (3) of the following courses:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors
Introduction to Physical Anthropology3
Biology: Contemporary Topics3
Home-Child-Community Relations3
Marriage, Family, and Intimate Relations3
Race and Ethnicity 3
Introduction to Sociology3
Introduction to Sociology - Honors
Select one (1) or two (2) courses not used above or one (1) or two (2) of the following courses:
Introduction to Education and Teaching Grades K-123
Principles of Early Childhood Education I3
Introduction to Curriculum3
Infant Development and Group Care3
Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
Observing and Recording Behavior3
Children's Literature3
Total Units22-25

A.A.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Child and Adolescent Development A.A.-Transfer Degree will:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the needs and characteristics of children, birth through middle childhood, and the multiple influences on their development as related to the high-quality care and education of children.

2.  Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze and apply theories of child development and education.

3.  Demonstrate global consciousness as they work with diverse children, families and individuals.

4. Apply ethical standards and professional behaviors that demonstrate understanding and commitment to the education profession, including Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.