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Child Development and Education


The Child Development and Education (CDE) Program offers a transfer degree in Early Education Studies, a non-transfer degree and Certificate in Child Development and Education as well as Early Intervention and Inclusion. The CDE major includes required courses in child development and general education electives. 

Child Development Education is the study of the physical, psychosocial and cognitive growth and development of the child from conception through adolescence. The purpose of this major is to provide a sound academic program in Child Development and to prepare students to work with and advocate for children and families in a variety of school and community settings. In addition to theoretical principles, the curriculum offers practical skills and on-site training in the MSJC Child Development and Education Centers that will prepare students or employment in the field of Education.

Child Development and Education students pursue careers in childcare, preschool teaching and administration, early intervention services, parent education, primary, secondary and post-secondary education, teaching and supporting children with special needs or working with a variety of counseling, social service and community agencies.

The program fulfills the required child development course work for the Child Development Permit which is issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Information regarding this permit and/or the Child Development and Education and Early Intervention and Inclusion Certificates is available from the CDE Department. All course work leading to a certificate or degree must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) or better. 

As part of course requirements, students should be aware that any criminal charge(s) on their record may prevent them from completing certain courses, obtaining their certificate or degree and becoming employed in any occupation involving children. Students may be required to complete a DOJ fingerprint clearance process before they begin their OI or field experience courses. Students who have questions about this or wish to begin the clearance process should meet with a full time faculty member as soon as possible.

San Jacinto Campus
(951) 487-MSJC (6752)
Menifee Valley Campus
(951) 672-MSJC (6752)
Wendy Orcajo, CDE Department Chair
(951) 639-5616