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.

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.


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, with no more than two (2) from CHLD:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors
Introduction to Physical Anthropology3
Biology: Contemporary Topics3
Introduction to Education and Teaching Grades K-123
Home-Child-Community Relations3
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
Marriage, Family, and Intimate Relations3
Race and Ethnicity 3
Introduction to Sociology3
Introduction to Sociology - Honors
Total Units19

2-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Co-requisite MATH course (2 units) and/or substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
PSY 206 Child Growth and Development 3
CHLD 114 Home-Child-Community Relations 3
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
COUN 160
Strategies for College Success
or Pathways to Careers in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
or Fitness for Life
or Health and Wellness
or Health and Wellness - Honors
or Introduction to Nutrition
Winter Term 1
MATH 165
Introductory Statistics
or Introductory Statistics - Honors
Spring Term 1
CHLD 112 Principles of Early Childhood Education I 3
POLI 103
American Government and Politics
or American Government and Politics - Honors
ENGL 103
Composition and Critical Thinking
or Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors
or Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking
or Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking - Honors
or Philosophy/Logic
SPCH 100
Interpersonal Communication
or Interpersonal Communication - Honors
or Public Address
or Public Address - Honors
or Small Group Communication
Summer Term 1
CHLD 164 The Child with Special Needs 3
Fall Term 2
ANTH 212 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH 212L Introduction to Physical Anthropology Lab 1
CHLD 120 Literacy for Children 3
ENGL 293
Children's Literature
or Children's Literature - Honors
PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology
or Introduction to Psychology - Honors
Winter Term 2
ETHN 101
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
or Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
Spring Term 2
ASTR 115
Planetary Astronomy
or Planetary Astronomy - Honors
or Life In The Universe
or Physical Oceanography
or Introduction to Forest Ecology
or Physical Geography
or Introduction to Weather and Climate
HIST 107
History of the United States before 1877
or History of the United States before 1877 - Honors
or History of the United States since 1877
or History of the United States since 1877 - Honors
or History of Women in the United States
ARCH 250
History of Architecture: Prehistory to Mannerism
or History of Architecture: Baroque to the Present Day
or Art History - Fundamentals of Global Art History
or Art History - Topics in Contemporary Art
or History of Photography
or Introduction to the Visual Arts
or Motion Picture Appreciation
or Motion Picture Appreciation - Honors
or History of Dance
or History of Rock and Roll
or Introduction to Theatre Arts
or Introduction to Theatre Arts - Honors
CHLD 116
Introduction to Curriculum
or Teaching in a Diverse Society
 Total Units60

 Note: Course selections may affect total unit value. 

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.