Coastline College – Child and Adolescent Development AA-T

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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.

Required Core: Complete ALL of the following:

PSYC C116: Child Growth and Development (3 Units)*

PSYC C100: Introduction to Psychology (3 Units)*

MATH C160: Introduction to Statistics (3 Units)*

List A: Complete THREE courses from the following:

EDUC C180: Family, School, and Community Partnerships (3 Units)*

ANTH C100: Cultural Anthropology (3 Units)*

SOC C100: Introduction to Sociology (3 Units)*

SOC C110: Introduction to Marriage and Family (3 Units)*

BIOL C100: Introduction to Biology (3 Units)*

Select SIX additional units from courses not completed above or from the following:

EDUC C103: Introduction to Computers in Education/Proficiencies for Teachers I (2 Units)*

EDUC C104: Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Diverse Contemporary Classrooms (1 Units)*

EDUC C200: The Teaching Profession (3.5 Units)*

MATH C104: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers (3 Units)*

ENG C143: Children’s Literature (3 Units)*

EDUC C210: Introduction to Special Education (3 Units)*

*The courses noted with an asterisk were offered online at least once at this college during Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Winter/Spring 2020.

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 C103, EDUC C104, EDUC C180, EDUC C200, EDUC C210, ENG C143, MATH C104.

In addition to the courses listed above, complete one of the following general education patterns:

  • Option 2 – CSU General Education Breadth
  • Option 3 – IGETC – Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum

Important Note: Some of the courses listed above may require the completion of prerequisites and/or they may also satisfy general education requirements. We encourage all students to meet with a counselor, onsite or online, to create an education plan that will provide the most efficient pathway to degree completion.

The courses listed above, along with Option 2 and Option 3 may or may not be offered online every term at this college. Visit the college’s website (below) for online options in its class schedule.  If you don’t find what you need, search our online course finder to locate an equivalent online course currently available from a partner college.

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