Child and Adolescent Development
Associate in Art for Transfer

College of the Desert offers a Child and Adolescent Development Associate in Arts for Transfer degree, also called Child and Adolescent Development AA-T. Students completing this interdisciplinary degree are prepared to understand the processes of change and growth that characterize human development from conception to age 18. Course offerings are drawn from psychology, sociology, human development, anthropology, and biology, with electives from other departments. Students completing an associate’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development are qualified to work in school districts as classroom paraprofessionals and for social services programs as entry-level social workers. Students completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in this major typically choose careers in education, social services, counseling, and guidance, or in the field of health. 

The Child and Adolescent Development AA-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 21-23 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Semester 1

Course Code Title Units
BI 004 or BI 007 Elements of Biology or Biology of Mammals 3-4
CDE 101 Child Growth & Development 3
ENG 001A English Composition 4
ANTH 002 or CDE 102 or SOC 001 or SOC 014 Cultural Anthropology or Child, Family, & Community or Introductory Sociology or Introduction to Race & Ethnicity 3

Semester 2

Course Code Title Units
CDE 227 Child Guidance 3
MATH 014 or SOC 003 Statistical Methods or Fundamentals of Statistics 3-4
PSY 001 General Psychology 3
CSU GE Area A1 Oral Communication 3
HIST 017 or 018 U.S. History 3


Course Code Title Units
CSU GE Area C1 Arts 3

Semester 3

Course Code Title Units
PSY 003 Developmental Psychology 3
CSU GE Area A3 Critical Thinking 3
CSU GE Area B1 Physical Sciences 3-4
CSU GE Area C1 Arts 3
CSU GE Area F Ethnic Studies 3

Semester 4

Course Code Title Units
PS 001  Introduction to Government  3
Any CSU Transferable Courses Electives 10

Please see a Counselor if you need help selecting CSU GE or IGETC GE courses.