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The Child Development Department

Prepares students for transfer to a bachelor's degree program in Child Development or a related discipline, an Associate in Science Degree in Child Development, completion of Certificates of Achievement, and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Child Development Permit levels of Assistant, Associate Teacher, Teacher, Master Teacher, Site Supervisor and Program Director. Students who complete Child Development courses will be able to apply concepts of child growth, development, and learning from conception through adolescence within the family and cultural context.  

Child Development classes are held in the same building as the Child Development Center Laboratory School. At Moorpark College, being a “lab” school means that the Child Development Center is an integral part of the Child Development Instructional Department. Students who complete the Child Development program will develop both the knowledge of subject matter and professional skills needed for success in transferring to a college or university and careers in a variety of vocational areas including the Family Development and Early Education fields.


CD M02: Human Development
Mondays/Wednesdays 10-11:50 | Begins 02/07

CD M02: Human Development
Fridays 10-11:50 & Online | Begins 02/22

CD M03: Child, Family and Community
Tuesdays 5-6:50 & Online | Begins 02/22

CD M04: Observation and Assessment
Hybrid | Begins 02/07

CD M04L: Observation and Assessment
TBA | Begins 02/07

CD M16: Strategies for working with Challenging Behaviors
Online | Begins 02/07

CD M21: Infant and Toddler Development
Online | Begins 02/07

CD M23: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Online | Begins 02/09 & 02/22

EDU M02: Introduction to Elementary Teaching
Online | Begins 02/07

CD M77: CA Preschool Foundations and Frameworks: Health (1 unit)
Online | Begins 02/07

CD M73: CA Preschool Foundations and Frameworks: Mathematics (1 unit)
Online | Begins 02/28

CD M04: Observation and Assessment
Online| Begins 03/07

CD M05: Teaching in a Diverse Society
Online | Begins 03/07

CD M04L: Observation and Assessment
TBA | Begins 03/07

CD M11: Principles and Practices in Early Childhood
Online | Begins 03/07

CD M14: Introduction to Curriculum
Online | Begins 03/07

CD M26: Adult Supervision and Mentoring
Hybrid | Begins 03/07

CD M75: CA Preschool Foundations and Frameworks: Performing Arts (1 unit)
Online | Begins 03/12

CD M79: CA Preschool Foundations and Frameworks: Science (1 unit)
Online | Begins 03/14

RBT M01: Registered Behavior Technician: Knowledge Skills
Online | Begins 03/07

RBT M01L: Registered Behavior Technician: Clinical Applications
Friday & Saturdays 9-2:50 | Begins 04/22


Department Chair: Cynthia Sheaks-McGowan
Phone: (805) 553-4819
E-mail: csheaksmcgowan@vcccd.edu