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Associate in Arts for Transfer


The Associate in Arts in Child and Adolescent Development for Transfer (AAT) prepares students to demonstrate a basic understanding of child development theory and concepts, as well as preparation in lower-division coursework designed to enhance further developmental study. Studies include classical and contemporary research spanning conception through adolescence to promote the positive developmental outcomes essential to fostering healthy growth and learning of children and families in a diverse society. The major incorporates information from a variety of disciplines to provide a broad academic and professional foundation for working with children and families.  
The major will provide students with the strong preparation necessary for pursuing studies at the university level in various careers such as children’s services, mental health, family support, youth programs, developmental research, teaching, early childhood education, public policy, social work, school psychology, child  life and similar fields related to children and their families from infancy through adolescence.   The coursework is designed to meet the needs of people planning to transfer to CSU into programs in Child Development, Human Development, Child and Adolescent Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Liberal Studies (Child Development and Elementary Education Tracks). Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Child and Adolescent Development for Transfer degree receive priority admission to the California State University system, though admission to a specific campus is not guaranteed. While an associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion, a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers, which can be achieved through transfer.

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