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Bachelor of Arts in Child Development


With the latest research-based practices and your enthusiasm for working with children, you can advance in a rewarding career in a variety of workplaces. Our program will help you gain the knowledge and skills to work with children (birth through age 12) with different developmental, social, and cultural backgrounds. You'll also learn how to collaborate with parents and other professionals to help children thrive in school and at home.

Earn your Bachelor of Arts in Child Development with a concentration in one of the following areas for campus based programs:

The Bachelor of Arts in Child Development is designed to include the competencies and guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It is also structured to meet the State of California Child Development Permit Matrix requirements for employment in preschools, child development centers, and after-school sites.

You can take this program on campus, online, or in a hybrid (online/on-campus) format, depending on your concentration.

If you are a San Mateo County Community College District student, you have a special opportunity to enroll in one of five concentrations and complete your courses at Cañada College.

Career Options
  • Early childhood teacher/assistant

  • Director of child development programs

  • Family day care provider

  • Infant-toddler child care provider/teacher

  • School-age child care provider

  • Preschool and child development center administrator

  • Parent educator

  • Human services agency representative

  • Mental health consultant

  • Paraprofessional/instructional aide in K-12 schools

  • Child/youth advocate in social and legal arenas


You can also use this degree as a stepping stone to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree.


Bachelor of Arts in Child Development Program Data


Bachelor of Arts in
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