Program: Child Development: Special Education Assistant

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

Students prepare to work as an assistant with children who have special needs. Employment opportunities include Teacher Assistant in School Districts, Residential Care Centers, Department of Rehabilitation, Private Agencies (salary depends upon experience, education, and nature of position).

Associate in Arts (AA), Special Education Assistant 

Students prepare to work as a classroom assistant with children who have special needs. An A.A. Degree increases employment opportunities, salary potential and prepares students for transfer. 
Employment opportunities include Teacher Assistant in School Districts, Residential Care Centers, Department of Rehabilitation, or Private Agencies. 

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

Certificate of Achievement, Special Education Assistant 

Students prepare to work as an assistant with children who have special needs. Employment opportunities include Teacher Assistant in School Districts, Residential Care Centers, Department of Rehabilitation, or Private Agencies.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
  • Design and evaluate environments and activities that support optimum developmental play and learning activities for an inclusive environment for all children.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of applying effective guidance and interaction strategies to support all children’s social learning, peer relations, and self-confidence.
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional standards when engaging in collaborative learning and reflective practices.