Child Development & Educational Studies
The Child Development and Educational Studies Program (CDES) offers students an Associate of Arts Degree in two main areas:
- Child Development: Students completing the Associate’s Degree in Child Development may apply to become a teacher, master teacher, or site supervisor with the California Child Development and School Age Matrix.
- Liberal Arts with Emphasis in Elementary Education: The Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts prepares students to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities, and begins a sequence of classes that leads to careers in child development, and elementary and secondary education.
The CDES program also offers Certificates which serve as introductory sequences of classes preparing students to work in the field of early childhood education, recreation, and before and after school age care. Students completing the certificates may be employed as infant toddler, preschool, or school age professionals, as well as tutors, childcare specialists or other paraprofessionals for public and private agencies.