Child Development Program
Mission College offers an academic program for careers with children and a Child Development Center Lab that accommodates student training and provides child care for faculty, staff, students, and the community.
- Look inside our Child Development Center with individualized classrooms, offices, and an outdoor play area.
- Childcare is available for full-time students.
- Programs meet State Matrix Child Development and permit requirements.
Courses to Consider
Child Health and Safety (CHD 017)
Learn to identify children's health problems. Study of infectious diseases, preventative health practices, nutrition and, health promotion.
Child Growth and Development (CHD 001)
Observe children using investigative research methods, evaluate differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages.
Language & Literacy for the Young Child (CHD 003)
Learn how to promote language development and literate behaviors among emerging multilingual children.
Music and Movement (CHD 005)
Assess musical and movement experiences and design activities that promote the child's development.
Children and Play (CHD 021)
Examine the history and theories of play and explore how developmental stages of play affect the child’s overall growth.
Teaching in a Diverse Society (CHD 013)
Examine the development of social identities and the implications of oppression and privilege as they apply to young children, families, programs, classrooms, and teaching.
Parenting Issues for Teachers (CHD 018)
Learn to work effectively work with parents in the field of child development and/or teaching.
- Strong written and oral communication
- Problem solving
- Decision-making skills
- Compassion and empathy
- Organization skills
- Creative thinking
- Planning and instruction abilities
- Ability to lead
- Classroom management
- Physical stamina
Select Jobs in the Field
- Lead Teacher
- Child Life Specialist
- Special Education Paraprofessional
- Program Director
- Site Supervisor
- Parent Educator
- Social Worker
- Child Psychologist
- Early Childhood Educator
- Preschool Teacher
- Case Manager
- Childcare Provider
- Nanny or Au Pair