Human Development

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Master employable skills in working with infants, children, adolescents, and families in a meaningful career in early care centers, after school programs, or administration of those programs serving children.

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What you will learn: Effective ways work with children from birth to adolescence, leadership and parent education

Why study it: Today’s families are bombarded with massive amounts of complex and sometimes contradicting information.  Expertise in human development will make you an effective support to families with children as well as to others who seek to understand them.

What opportunities it may bring:  Those who study Human Development have career opportunities in privately and publicly funded programs serving children and families.  Roles include: Infant caregiver, preschool teacher, school-age facilitator, site supervisor, program director, mentor teacher, parent educator, and public policy advocate.

Program Length

  • Child Development, AS 2-years
  • Infant/Toddler, AS 2-years
  • School-Age Child, AS 2-years
  • Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer, AA-T 2-years
  • Early Childhood Education for Transfer, AS-T 2-years
  • Child Development, COA 1- year
  • Infant/Toddler, COA 1- year
  • School-Age Child, COA 1- year
  • Early Childhood Assistant Teacher, COP 1-semester
  • Early Childhood Associate Teacher, COP 1-year (6-12 units per semester) –classes are not offered all in one semester

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Transfer Options, Degrees and/or Certificates

Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH 5, 10 or 20Various Math GE Courses1C3
HD 7Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence3 & Major3
HD 15Socialization of the Child - Child, Family, CommunityMajor3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)2-3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
Communication/ThinkingVarious Communication/Critical Thinking GE Courses1B3-4
HD 110Principles and Practices of Teaching Young ChildrenMajor3
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE Course43
HD 130Teaching in a Diverse Society (Spring Only)Major3
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
HD 131Creative Development in Young Children (Summer Only)Major3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
HD 115Introduction to CurriculumMajor3
HD 150Health, Safety and Nutrition of ChildrenMajor3
HD 120Child Guidance and DisciplineMajor3
HD 145Language and Literacy Foundations (Fall Only)Major3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course23
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
HD 101Observation and Assessment of Young Children (Summer + Spring only)Major3
HD 160Advanced Curriculum Planning (Spring Only)Major3
HD 168Cooperative Work Experience: Human DevelopmentMajor1
HD 181Practicum: Early Childhood Programs (Spring Only)Major3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)2
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Ethnic Studies requirement for the AS degree.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 7Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence3
HD 15Socialization of the Child - Child, Family, Community3
HD 110Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 101Observation and Assessment of Young Children (Spring and Summer)3
HD 130Teaching in a Diverse Society (Spring Only)3
HD 150Health, Safety and Nutrition of Children3
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 131Creative Development in Young Children (Summer Only)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 120Child Guidance and Discipline3
HD 115Introduction to Curriculum Fall3
HD 145Language and Literacy Foundations3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 160Advanced Curriculum Planning (Spring Only)3
HD 168Cooperative Work Experience: Human Development (Spring Only)1
HD 181Practicum: Early Childhood Programs (Spring Only)3

Note: This sample academic plan shows additional units for this certificate as compared to the IVC catalog due to prerequisite requirements.

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 1A24
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
HD 7Developmental Psychology: Childhood and AdolescenceE & Major3
HD 15Socialization of the Child - Child, Family, CommunityD & Major3
HD 115Introduction to CurriculumMajor3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking GE CourseA33-4
MATH 10 or MATH 20*Introducation to Statistics or Math for Elementary Teachers B43
HD 110Principles and Practices of Teaching Young ChildrenMajor3
HD 101Observation and Assessment of Young Children (Summer + Spring only)Major3
PS 1American GovernmentD3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
HD 150Health, Safety and Nutrition of ChildrenMajor3
HD 120Child Guidance and DisciplineMajor3
ARTSArts GE Course C13
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History CourseC23
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
Science LabPhysical Science GE LabB31
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
HD 130Teaching in a Diverse Society (Spring Only)Major3
HD 181Practicum: Early Childhood Programs (Spring Only)Major3
HD 168Cooperative Work Experience: Human Development (Spring Only)Major1
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE CourseC1 or C23
Life ScienceLife Science GE CourseB23
Social ScienceSocial Science GE CourseD3
  1. Students can take Math 10 or Math 20 or any other math course that meets the CSU transfer math requirement in CSU GE Area B4.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 7Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence3
HD 110Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children3
HD - TBDHD Major Course from List A1
Semester X
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 115Introduction to Curriculum3
HD 120Child Guidance and Discipline3
HD - TBDHD Major Course from List A1
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 15Socialization of the Child - Child, Family, Community3
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 7Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence3
HD 15Socialization of the Child - Child, Family, Community3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD - TBDHD Major Course from List A3
HD - TBDHD Major Course from List A3

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 1A2 & Major4
HD 7Developmental Psychology: Childhood and AdolescenceE & Major3
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA1 & Major3
ERTH 20Introduction to Earth ScienceB1/B3 & Major4
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 2College Writing 2: Critical Thinking, WritingA3 & Major4
MATH 20Mathematics for Elementary School TeachersB4 & Major3
HIST 1History of World Civilizations to 1500C2 & Major3
PS 1American GovernmentD & Major3
GEOG 3World Regional GeographyD & Major3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
PHYS 20Ideas and Events of PhysicsMajor4
LIT 1Introduction to LiteratureC2 & Major3
HD 10Introduction to Elementary TeachingMajor3
LIT 7Survey of Children's LiteratureMajor3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)2-3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
BIO 1Life SciencesB2 & Major3
BIO 1LLife Sciences LaboratoryMajor1
HIST 20American History through the Civil WarD & Major3
MajorElementary Ed Teacher AA-T Course from List BC1 & Major3
MajorElementary Ed Teacher AA-T Course from List CMajor3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)2-3

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH 5, 10 or 20Various Math GE Courses1C3
HD 7Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence3 & Major3
HD 15Socialization of the Child - Child, Family, CommunityMajor3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)2-3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
Communication/ThinkingVarious Communication/Critical Thinking GE Courses1B3-4
HD 4Infant and Toddler Development (Spring Only)Major3
HD 120Child Guidance and DisciplineMajor3
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE Course43
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
HD 131Creative Development in Young Children (Summer Only)Major3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
HD 105Infant-Toddler ProgramsMajor3
HD 145Language and Literacy Foundations Major3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
HD 150Health, Safety and Nutrition of ChildrenMajor3
HD 168Cooperative Work Experience: Human DevelopmentMajor3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course23
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Ethnic Studies requirement for the AS degree.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 7Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence3
HD 15Socialization of the Child - Child, Family, Community3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 120Child Guidance and Discipline3
HD 150Health, Safety and Nutrition of Children3
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 131Creative Development in Young Children (Summer Only)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 105Infant-Toddler Programs3
HD 145Language and Literacy Foundations3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 4Infant and Toddler Development (Spring Only)3
HD 168Cooperative Work Experience: Human Development3
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 134
Math 5, 10, or 20Various Math GE Courses33
HD 7Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence3 & Major3
HD 15Socialization of the Child - Child, Family, CommunityMajor3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
Communication/ThinkingVarious Communication/Critical Thinking GE Courses1B3-4
HD 120Child Guidance and DisciplineMajor3
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE Course43
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)2-3
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
HD 131Creative Development in Young Children (Summer Only)Major3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
HD 145Language and Literacy Foundations (Fall only)Major3
HD 150Health, Safety and Nutrition of ChildrenMajor3
HD 266Program Planning for School-Age ChildrenMajor3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course23
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
HD 168Cooperative Work Experience: Human DevelopmentMajor3
HD 270Curriculum Planning for School-Age ChildrenMajor3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Ethnic Studies requirement for the AS degree.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 7Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence3
HD 15Socialization of the Child - Child, Family, Community3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 120Child Guidance and Discipline3
HD 150Health, Safety and Nutrition of Children3
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 131Creative Development in Young Children (Summer Only)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 145Language and Literacy Foundations (Fall Only )3
HD 266Program Planning for School-Age Children 3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
HD 168Cooperative Work Experience: Human Development3
HD 270Curriculum Planning for School-Age Children3
  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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