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Child Development Course Descriptions
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CD 80

Fundamentals of Child Development

Focuses on the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and language development of children ages birth through school-age. Emphasizes observation skills to support a healthy development. [D]

Pass/No Pass only
Recommended Preparation: CD 170 or equivalent
Lecture 1 hour
Offered: Spring

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CD 81

Children in Family Childcare—Crisis, Challenges, and Change

Develops awareness in family childcare providers of the needs of children relating to divorce, death, disasters, loss, and families with specially-abled children. Provides methods for modifying the learning environment to accommodate these challenges with inclusive materials and curriculum. [D]

Pass/No Pass only
Recommended Preparation: CD 170 or equivalent
Lecture 1 hour
Offered: Spring

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CD 82

Family Childcare Environment

Emphasizes ways to make optimum design for family childcare providers to create a learning home environment promoting competency in development and promoting pro-social behavior. Presents creative ways to make optimum use of the home environment space and materials available. [D]
Pass/No Pass only
Recommended Preparation: CD 170 or equivalent
Lecture 1 hour
Offered: Spring

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CD 83

Nutrition for Family Childcare

Introduces the planning of low-cost menus with an emphasis on nutritional requirements of children ages birth through school-age while encouraging healthy eating habits. Emphasizes the procedures for qualification and reimbursement through the childcare food program. [D]
Pass/No Pass only
Lecture 1 hour
Offered: Fall

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CD 84

Health and Safety in Family Childcare

Emphasizes key aspects of the health and safety needs of children ages birth through school-age. Identifies health policies, medication dispensation, and suspected child abuse reporting procedures for the family childcare provider. Focuses on creating a safe environment for children. [D]
Pass/No Pass only
Recommended Preparation: CD 170 or equivalent
Lecture 1 hour
Offered: Fall

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CD 86

Positive Guidance in Family Childcare

Positive Guidance in Family Childcare
Emphasizes the understanding of children’s behavior within the family childcare environment. Introduces effective guidance techniques to promote pro-social behavior of children aged infants through school-age. [D]
Pass/No Pass only
Recommended Preparation: CD 170 or equivalent
Lecture 1 hour
Offered: Spring

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CD 87

Family Childcare Curriculum

Emphasizes adopting a play-based model for curricular practices in the family childcare environment. Focuses on adapting curriculum strategies for home-based childcare. [D]
Pass/No Pass only
Recommended Preparation: CD 170 or equivalent
Lecture 1 hour
Offered: Spring

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CD 89

Fundamentals of Child Development

Focuses on the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and language development of children ages birth through school-age. Emphasizes observation skills to support a healthy development. [D]
Pass/No Pass only
Lecture 1 hour
Offered: Fall, Spring

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CD 90

Family Childcare School-Age Environment

Focuses on the planning of a stimulating learning environment for school-age children in family childcare. Emphasizes the integration of school-age children in family childcare settings which focus on age-appropriate activities and equipment. [D]
Pass/No Pass only
Lecture 1 hour
Offered: Spring

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CD 91

Family School-Age Childcare Partnerships

Focuses on creating and fostering cooperative partnerships and communication between school-age family childcare programs and parents, community, and school districts. Provides an overview of community resources and their utilization for school-age family childcare. [D]
Pass/No Pass only
Lecture 1 hour
Offered: Spring

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CD 93

Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale

Introduces the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale, including administration of the scale, scoring system, and profile. Focuses on assessment for the purpose of training and ongoing environmental evaluation and program improvement. [ND]
Pass/No Pass only
Lecture 1 hour
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

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CD 130

Math for Young Children

Principles and practices for presenting activities in a developmental sequence to support young children’s basic understanding of mathematics. Emphasis on the three types of learning: naturalistic, informal, and structured. [D; CSU]
Lecture 1 hour
Offered: Variable

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CD 131

Science for Young Children

Exploration of developmentally appropriate science activities for young children. Students will create science experiences, select appropriate materials, learn scientific techniques for working with young children, and learn how to integrate science across the curriculum. [D; CSU]
Lecture 1 hour
Offered: Variable

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CD 132

Technology for Young Children

Designed to introduce students to technology utilized in child development settings including computer applications and software that will enhance instruction in early childhood. Software programs for behavior management, developmental assessment, multicultural, language development, creativity, math and science, problem solving, and thematic focus. [D; CSU]
Lecture 1 hour
Offered: Variable

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CD 135

Principles of Family Development

Introduces the student to historical and modern family lifestyles, functions, and values that influence behavior. Provides examination of contemporary family changes, crisis, and resilience. Analyzes nontraditional families as well as the classic nuclear family and the social support they need. [D; CSU; UC]
Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 151

Introduction to Home Visitation

Introduces the field of home visitation as a means to help families achieve effective life skills. Focuses on home visiting procedures, introduction to family dynamics, especially as it relates to at-risk families, community resources, child development, and the role of the home visitor. [D; CSU]3 units
Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 170

Principles of Child Development

Focuses on theories of physical, psychosocial, and cognitive development of children from conception through adolescence. Emphasizes observation skills to analyze the development of children, and how parents and teachers can best help meet their needs to become healthy individuals. [D; CSU; UC]
Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 170L

Principles of Child Development Laboratory

Designed to give students hands-on experience of child development through observing and recording children’s behavior. Explores various methods for examining the developmental domains of children from birth through middle childhood. [D; CSU]
Grade only
Laboratory 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 172

Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers

Focuses on developing a safe environment and curriculum for infants and toddlers based on theories of child development. Includes practical ideas to promote social, cognitive, and physical development. Emphasizes turning routines into developmentally enhancing moments. Requires observations of infants and toddlers in their typical environments. [D; CSU]
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 173

 Development of Infants and Toddlers

Focuses on the development of children under three years of age. Includes the study of biological factors and environmental factors shaping the early cognitive, language, social, and physical development. Requires the observation of infants and toddlers in different settings. Emphasizes the influence of family, culture, and community on the lives of infants and toddlers. [D; CSU]
Recommended Preparation: CD 170 or equivalent
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 175

Nutrition, Health, and Safety for Children

Fee: $25. Focuses on children’s health, safety, and nutritional needs. Includes encouraging and promoting good health in children, dealing with illness, child abuse, planning nutritious menus, diet and child behavior, and available childcare food programs will be examined. First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification will be integrated into the program. [D; CSU]
Grade only
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Fall

3

 
 

CD 176

Music and Movement for Young Children

Focuses on the relationship between children’s conceptual growth and ability to express thoughts and feeling in response to music and movement. Emphasizes on how teachers can effectively utilize the kinesthetic mode of learning. [D; CSU]
Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 177

Alternatives to Violence


Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern college Reading Assessment or equivalent
Introduces the student to the challenges of teaching young children in violent times and alternatives for overturning the cycle of aggressive and anti-social behavior. Relates the importance of anti-bias activities in the classroom and the understanding of various aspects of diversity in all program areas. [D; CSU]
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 180

Observation and Guidance for Child Development

Supports understanding of children’s behavior based upon observation and direct experience with young children. Development of effective guidance techniques to promote the child’s self-control, self-esteem, and competence. [D; CSU]
Corequisite: CD 180L
Recommended Preparation: CD 170 or equivalent
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 181

 Curriculum Planning for Child Development

Provides methods and materials for planning and implementing an integrated program for young children. Emphasis on designing an environment for learning related to emergent curriculum goals. [D; CSU]
Grade only
Recommended Preparation: CD 170 or equivalent
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 184

Observation and Documentation

Provides skills in observation and documentation to understand children’s behavior and construction of knowledge. Applies multimedia to support the narrative interpretation of children’s experiences. Emphasizes observation and documentation to facilitate the understanding of children’s development. [D; CSU]
Prerequisite: CD 170 and 170L, or equivalent
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 260

Introduction to the Reggio Emilia Approach

Introduction to the comprehensive philosophy underlying the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Focus on social constructivism, ecological systems, meaning-making, and multiple diverse understandings in a global context. Explores Malaguzzi’s “Hundred Languages of Children” and the project approach as a collaborative learning and reflective practice. [D; CSU]
Grade only
Recommended Preparation: CD 170 or equivalent
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 275

Art for Children

Fee: $15. Provides students with knowledge concerning theories of artistic development, developmental stages of artistic expression, and provides hands-on experience in planning curriculum for children. Curriculum will reflect diverse cultural expression. Students will develop skills in a variety of artistic mediums, supporting the process of creative expression. [D; CSU]
Grade only
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 278

Working With Children and Families With Special Needs

Presents effective strategies for adapting curriculum and/or the environments for childcare providers caring for children with special needs. Emphasis on identifying what is developmentally appropriate for children with special needs, how and when to modify activities or equipment, how to manage challenging behaviors, and how to support families in meeting the needs of these children. [D; CSU]
Grade only
Prerequisite: CD 170, 180, and 181, or equivalent
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 282A

Child Development Field Practicum

Provides students field experience in various family development settings. Applies theory and knowledge as the students increase their professional skills and abilities under close supervision. [D: CSU]
Grade only Prerequisite: CD 170, 180, 181, and 184, or equivalent
Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 6 hours
Offered: Fall, Spring

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CD 282B

Advanced Child Development Field Practicum

Provides students field experience in various family development settings. Applies theory and knowledge as the students increase their professional skills and abilities under close supervision. [D: CSU]
Prerequisite: CD 282A or equivalent
Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 6 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 283

Emerging Literacy

Focuses on the relationship between language development and cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Provides analysis of the construction of learning environments facilitating language as it emerges from curriculum. Relates the critical importance of early learning and interactions to language development. [D; CSU]
Recommended Preparation: CD 170 or equivalent; RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 284

Child, Family, and Community

Examines patterns of family systems in contemporary society as they are influenced by heritage, diverse cultures, abilities, and languages. Explores the value of communication, the development of child advocacy skills, and the ability to use community resources to empower families and children. [D; CSU]
Recommended Preparation: CD 170 or equivalent
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 286

Administration of Early Childhood Programs

Explores principles and practices of child development administration. Includes types of child development programs, maintenance, and operation of the facility to ensure safety and health, regulatory agencies and legal requirements, analyzing government regulations and compliance for public funding, records, accounting, and meeting nutritional needs. [D; CSU]
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 287

Administration Leadership in Early Childhood Programs

Expands the knowledge and practice of supervision and leadership skills required for early childhood program administration. Examines principles for infusing program philosophy and goals into fiscal, staff, and personnel management style. Includes working with a board of directors, community involvement/partnership, and networking with other agencies for support and collaboration. [D; CSU]
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 288

Mentorship and Adult Supervision

Recommended Preparation: 12 units of child development coursework to include: CD 170, 284; program curriculum courses (6 units); and currently working in a preschool or childcare setting in the role of lead teacher, head teacher, or other supervisory capacity
Theoretical and practical techniques for facilitating the professional development of adults in an early childhood education setting, communication, problem solving and conflict resolution with adults, cultural issues, delegating responsibilities, and evaluating an early childhood setting. [D; CSU]
Grade only
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable

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CD 290

Family Support Specialist Cooperative Work Experience

Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Family Support Specialist major Prerequisite: CD 170, 180, or equivalent
Lecture 3 hours
Offered: Variable Provides students field experiences in early intervention in a variety of family service agencies. In addition to the one unit weekly class activity, one unit of credit is granted for 60 hours of volunteer or 75 hours of paid work activity. [D; CSU]

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CD 295

Selected Topics in Child Development

Permits students to study relevant subjects within the field of child development. The specific objectives, methods of instruction and units of credit to be determined individually for projects proposed under this course description. (May be repeated for additional credit with new content.) [D; *CSU] * Please refer to the class schedule for specific course description and transferability information.
Offered: Variable

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CD 299

Independent Study

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study. See page 33.
Individual study or research in some area of child development of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the College. [D; CSU]
Offered: Variable

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