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Child Development Instructional Program

Child Development Instructional Program

Program Overview

Children are our future – if you're committed to making a positive impact in the lives of children and their families, then the Child Development program at Columbia College is right for you. Students who choose this program will benefit from our highly-motivated teaching faculty, wide array of courses, and our state-of-the-art facility.

The program offers an entry-level Associate Teacher certificate as a starting point for a variety of careers working with children and families. The Associate of Science degree prepares students to work in the field, while the new Associate of Science Transfer degree in Early Childhood Education provides a quick path to transfer to a California State University.

Career Training

The Child Development program is recommended for students wishing to enter the fields of: child care; elementary school teaching; child and family counseling and psychology; special education teaching; and medical careers relating to children. The College's instructional program not only offers great classes that you'll need for employment and/or transfer, but also provides hands-on experience in our brand-new, high-quality Child Development Facility. Additionally, our program was awarded CAP (Curriculum Alignment Program) certification, which ensures transfer of inter-community college coursework in child development.

Student Networking

Students in the program work alongside master teachers to gain the experience they need to become skilled early childhood educators. Whether you're a new student or a seasoned teacher, our classes can help you achieve your goals of higher education, stay up-to-date with the latest research, learn best practices, and earn the units you need to be hired or advance at your workplace. And with the new Child Development & Family Care Services Facility that includes five buildings nestled under the existing trees, there is a healthy backdrop to learn and discover with the young children and your fellow students. Follow the Child Development Club on Facebook

Degrees Offered

See the current college catalog (available on campus or online) for course information on the following degrees:

Associate in Science (AS)

  • Child Development

Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)

  • Early Childhood Education

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

  • Associate Child Development Teacher

Our faculty is committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning for all students. We are proud to offer exceptional experiences through our small class size, state of the art facility, and enthusiasm for our work. We invite you to explore the program and look forward to meeting you.


 Child Dev Center
Student Success
Testimonial from Shauna Ginn 2010 Graduate Currently enrolled in the Stanislaus State Child Development Program Family Services Track:
“The Child Development Professors and the teachers at the center played a big role in my growth in the field. They shared the same passion I did for children and it showed in the classroom. Working at the center, I was able to leave the classroom and put what I had learned into action. The opportunity I had in the Child Development Program at Columbia College is one that I will forever be grateful for.”


Columbia College Child Development Program is now aligned with the statewide Core 8 courses. ECE Lower Disvision 8

Gainful Employment Disclosure
This program does not meet the requirements for Gainful Employment disclosure.  For more information on career options, please make an appointment to see a counselor by calling (209) 588-5109.  For gainful employment information for all CTE programs, click here.