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Child Development (Child Development Pathway)

Study children's developmental stages from conception through early adolescence.

Study children's developmental stages from conception through early adolescence.  Focus is on the emotional/psychological, cognitive, and physical aspects of child development, and the influences of hereditary and environmental factors. This class articulates with local community colleges. This course meets the UC elective (“g”) requirement for admission.

Child Development trains students to attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions and perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play. Students learn the developmental stages of children from conception through early adolescence, including the major theories of development and their application.  Focus is on emotional/psychological, cognitive, and physical development, and on the influence of heredity and environmental factors.  Included are theories of multiple intelligence and current brain research.


  • Industry Sector: Education, Child Development, and Family Services
  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Class Hours: 180
  • Work-Based Learning Hours (WBL): Eligible
  • Level: Supplemental
  • Articulation Agreement Details: Santiago Canyon College (2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022)
    Westcliff University (2015-2019)

    For information about specific articulation agreement terms & conditions, contact the community college or your Career Guidance Specialist (CGS).
  • Meets UC/CSU A-G Requirement: G - General Elective (1 year required)
  • Certifications: None
  • Class Location(s): Anaheim HS, Cypress HS, Katella HS, Loara HS
  • Notes:

    Refer to O*NET Online (www.onetonline.org) for a summary report of the detailed job description for this career.

    This course integrates the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Instruction reinforces core skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics. Course instruction emphasizes career ready behaviors in communication, ethics, interpersonal/team skills, critical thinking and problem solving, safety, technology, and employability skills.