Human Development and Family

Overview

Human Development and Family

Start a career path where you can make a difference in the lives of children and their families. Understand how people grow and change throughout their lives by studying the biological, cognitive, socio-emotional and cultural development of children and adolescents. Learn about laws and regulations that help keep children safe and healthy.

Careers Working with Children and Families

From early childhood education to child advocacy, find a career where compassion counts.

  • Work as a teacher with different age groups: infant/toddler, preschool, kindergarten, elementary school and before and after school programs.
  • Open your own in-home child care business.
  • Pursue a career as a social worker, marriage and family therapist or school psychologist
  • Be a child care advocate for social service programs.
  • Become an administrator of early childhood education program.
  • Work in research, public health or public policy.

Academic Plans for Human Development and Family

Each plan shows all the courses you need to take to complete your goal from start to finish. Map your education by clicking on the Academic Plan for the degree or certificate you’re interested in earning below. 

Note: The academic plans will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan.

Early Childhood Education for Transfer—AS-T Degree

Term 1
Course Units
HDEV 0002 3
HDEV 0009 3
ENGL 0001A 3
MATH 0017 3
PHOT 0060A or MUS 0010 3
TOTAL 15
Term 2
Course Units
HDEV 0003 3
HDEV 0005 3
HDEV 0004 3
ENGL 0001B or ENGL 0001C 3
COMM 0005 or COMM 0001 or COMM 0003 3
TOTAL 15
Term 3
Course Units Notes
HDEV 0025 3  
HDEV 0021 3  
HDEV 0044 3  
HIST 0017A 3  
BIOL 0011 or ANTH 0001 or BIOL 0056 3-4 Two science courses required for degree. One must include a lab course.
TOTAL 15-16  
Term 4
Course Units Notes
HDEV 0010 3  
HDEV 0010L 1.5  
HDEV 0007 3  
POLS 0001 3  
HED 0001 or any Elective course 3  
ASTR 0005 or GEOG 0001 or ESS 0007 or (ESCI 0010 and ESCI 0010L) 3-4 Two science courses required for degree, one must include a lab course.
TOTAL 16.5-17.5  

Early Childhood Education: AA/AS Degree

Term 1
Course Units Notes
HDEV 0004 3  
HDEV 0002 3  
HDEV 0009 3  
ENGL 0001A 3  
MATH 0000D or any Elective course 4 If Math Learning Skills General Education Requirement has already been met, students can choose any general elective course.
TOTAL 16  
Term 2
Course Units
HDEV 0003 3
HDEV 0005 3
HDEV 0025 3
COMM 0005 or COMM 0001 or COMM 0003 3
PHOT 0060A or MUS 0010 3
TOTAL 15
Term 3
Course Units
HDEV 0038 2
HDEV 0011 3
HDEV 0040 3
HDEV 0095 2
ASTR 0005 or GEOG 0001 or ESS 0007 or (ESCI 0010 and ESCI 0010L) 3-4
TOTAL 13-14
Term 4
Course Units
HDEV 0012 3
HDEV 0041 3
HDEV 0010 3
HDEV 0010L 1.5
HDEV 0007 3
HED 0001 3
TOTAL 16.5

Additional Program Information

Permits

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing grants Child Development permits to those preparing to teach children in early childhood education programs and in after-school child care programs. The course work provided by the Sierra College Human Development and Family Department is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as meeting the requirements for the California Child Development Permits.

Students may contact a full-time Human Development & Family faculty member to discuss how to obtain a Permit.

Child Development Training Consortium Grant Money

Are you currently employed in a licensed Early Childhood Education, Transitional Kindergarten, Before and After School, or Licensed Family Child Care Home program and taking a class at Sierra College?

This is a semester-to-semester grant, so you must apply each semester you are eligible.  The grant pays $25 per unit and will reimburse the cost of a Child Development permit (typically $125) and fingerprinting fees.

Contact Lori Kearney-Capaul, Faculty Coordinator for the Child Development Training Consortium Grant, at lcapaul@sierracollege.edu or (916) 660-7872 or at Rocklin campus office, F-13.

Mentor Program

Would you like to gain real-world experience through student teaching with a Certified Mentor Teacher? Contact Human Development and Family faculty members, Debbie Eastman at deastman@sierracollege.edu or Michelle Boucher at mboucher@sierracollege.edu

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