Program: Child Development: Early Childhood Education

The Child and Adult Development Department at Long Beach City College is committed to enhancing the quality of life for students, children, and families throughout the life span. Embracing the diversity each student brings, the Department strives to empower individual learners through personal and professional growth. This department provides general and vocational education at the lower division level.

Career Opportunities

This field of concentration is designed for students preparing to work with infants, toddlers, preschool or school-age children in a group setting as an aide, teacher, master teacher, site supervisor, or center director.

Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), Early Childhood Education 

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year degree program in Child Development or Early Childhood Education. A four-year degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education is suitable preparation for application to multiple subject (elementary education) teaching credential programs. An AST degree in Early Childhood Education fulfills the state education requirement for a fully qualified teacher in a public or private early childhood setting Students who complete this degree will receive priority admission with junior status into the CSU system. 

Program STUDENT Learning Outcomes
  • Design, implement and evaluate environments and activities that support optimum developmental play and learning outcomes for all young children. 
  • Demonstrate responsive care and teaching practices for young children through the integration of assessment, theory, and practice. 
  • Apply effective guidance and interaction strategies to support children’s social learning, peer relations, and self-confidence. 
  • Incorporate ethical and professional standards engaging in collaborative learning and reflective practices. 
  • Transfer from LBCC to a University. 

Associate in Arts (AA), Early Childhood Education 

This field of concentration is designed for students preparing to work with infants, toddlers, pre-school or school-age children in a group setting as an assistant, teacher, master teacher, site supervisor, or center director. An A.A. degree in Child Development fulfills the state education requirement for a fully qualified teacher in a public or private early childhood setting.

Program STUDENT Learning Outcomes
  • Design, implement and evaluate environments and activities that support optimum developmental play and learning outcomes for all young children. 
  • Demonstrate responsive care and teaching practices for young children through the integration of assessment, theory, and practice. 
  • Critically assess the components of linguistically and culturally relevant, inclusive, age-appropriate, anti-bias approaches in promoting optimum learning and development. 
  • Apply effective guidance and interaction strategies to support children’s social learning, peer relations, and self-confidence. 
  • Incorporate ethical and professional standards engaging in collaborative learning and reflective practices.

Certificate of Achievement, Early Childhood Education 

This field of concentration is designed for students preparing to work with infants, toddlers, preschool or school-age children in a group setting as an aide, teacher, master teacher, site supervisor, or center director.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
  • Design, implement and evaluate environments and activities that support optimum developmental outcomes for young children.
  • Demonstrate care and teaching practices for young children that integrate assessment, theory, and practice.
  • Critically assess the components of linguistically and culturally relevant, inclusive, age appropriate, anti-bias approaches in promoting learning and development.

Certificate of Accomplishment, CDECE – Assistant Teacher Certificate 

May assist in the instruction of children under the supervision of an Associate Teacher or above. 

PROGRAM Student Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the socialization of the child focusing on the interrelationship of family, school, and community.
  • Describe the development of children from conception through adolescence in the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive domains.

Certificate of Accomplishment, CDECE – Associate Teacher Certificate 

May provide instruction and supervise assistant.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
  • Design, implement and evaluate environments and activities that support optimum developmental outcomes for young children.
  • Demonstrate care and teaching practices for young children that integrate assessment, theory, and practices.

Certificate of Accomplishment, CDECE – Family Development 

The focus of this program of study is on developing the skills and knowledge to effectively work with and support families in a variety of settings. Highly recommended for students interested in working as Head Start Family Service Workers and/or other employment in Human Services fields.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
  • Analyze the core principles underlying the empowerment and the strength-based family support approach to family development.
  • Synthesize family development principles.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Child Development Permit Specialization – Child Health & Safety 

The focus of this program of study is on developing an understanding of the laws, regulations, standards, policies, procedures and early childhood curriculum related to child health, safety, and nutrition.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
  • Identify and demonstrate regulations, standards, policies, and procedures related to health, safety, and nutrition in early childhood settings.
  • Evaluate environments for both positive and negative impacts on children’s health and safety including first aid situations and appropriate responses.
  • Describe strategies used to promote health, safety, and nutrition of children and adults in early childhood settings.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Child Development Permit Specialization – Children with exceptional needs

The focus of this program of study is preparation for working with children with special needs in the context of the school, family, and community.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
  • Classify service referral options specific to family needs.
  • Explain various exceptionalities and conditions of children and identify interventions based on the developmental continuum.Design curriculum strategies based on children’s’ individual needs in an inclusive and natural environment.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Child Development Permit Specialization – Family Child Care

The focus of this program of study is preparation for setting up a developmentally appropriate, viable child care business from home.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
  • Design and diagram a developmentally appropriate learning centered room arrangement in family child care.
  • Design and evaluate the environment and day to day policies and procedures for implementing a family childcare program.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Child Development Permit Specialization – Infant/Toddler 

The focus of this program of study is on developing the skills and knowledge in preparation for working with young children ages 0-3 in a group setting. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of developmental concepts and theories pertaining to children birth to 36 months in the physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional domains.
  • Summarize the essential policies and practices of quality infant and toddler programs.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Child Development Permit Specialization – Early Literacy

The focus of this program of study is on developing the skills and knowledge to support young children’s language acquisition and literacy skills.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Integrate research-based strategies for language and literacy development into the development of appropriate activities and environments for both first and second language learning young children.
  • Evaluate and integrate children’s development, characteristics, and needs into literature selection and presentation of books and book related activities.

Certificate of Achievement, Early Childhood Education 

This field of concentration is designed for students preparing to work with infants, toddlers, preschool or school-age children in a group setting as an aide, teacher, master teacher, site supervisor, or center director.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate skills in analyzing resources and approaches to selecting and developing science and mathematic activities and curriculum for young children.
  • Plan and demonstrate developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, and respectful music and movement activities.
  • Develop and organize a comprehensive art and creativity portfolio which includes developmentally appropriate activities to engage children with openended materials.