Child Development Department
GCC Child Development has served the needs of new teachers since 1940. We continue to prepare ECE professionals to meet the demands of teaching as we navigate the 21st Century. In keeping with the institutional mission, the department is "preparing teachers to serve in a culturally diverse world." This ideology both informs and guides the structure and delivery of program opportunities. It is manifested in our goal to help future teachers to reflect critically on the process of teaching, their relationships to students, and the role of education in a pluralistic society.
Glendale Community College Laboratory School is a dynamic model for teaching and learning. As an innovative, field-based teaching site, Glendale Community College Laboratory School blends curriculum development and professional outreach to support the changing needs of the communities, administrators, teachers, and learners it serves. The Glendale Community College Laboratory School demonstrates a commitment to excellence, respect for diversity, and dedication to creating a community of life-long learners.
Learning happens in relationships; and it happens best in relationships which are characterized by personal respect and caring responsiveness. Thus, respect is carried throughout relations between staff and children; staff, college students, and faculty; and among staff, Laboratory School and Instruction. Together we are the Department.
Program Learning Outcomes - Child Development Department
Students who earn an Associate of Science degree in Child Development will be able to:
Promote Child Development and Learning: develop an understanding of young children and their needs as well as the multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning in order to create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging environments for all children;
Build Family and Community Relationships: understand and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities and to use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships to involve families in their children’s learning and development;
Observing, Documenting and Assessing to support Young Children and Families: articulate and understand the goals, benefits and uses of observation, documentation and assessment to support children’s development and learning and effectively use these to positively influence children’s development and learning;
Teaching and Learning: Plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically relevant experiences that promote and/or support development and learning for all children;
Become a Professional: identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession; using ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.
Child Development professionals are instrumental in shaping the social, personal, and intellectual makeup of children and adolescents. They have a great impact on the development of attitudes, values, skills, and knowledge of young individuals that will govern their adult behavior throughout life. More specifically, they help children explore their interests, tap into their natural abilities and talents, build self-esteem, and, ultimately, realize their potential through classroom instruction, guidance, play, and creative activities.
The Child Development major is designed to provide a broad base of knowledge related to the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of growth and development, as well as the care and guidance of children. It focuses on promoting understanding of the scientific study of children within the family, cultural, peer, school, and neighborhood contexts which influence their development.
The GCC Child Development programs (Infant/Toddler Teacher, Teacher - Preschool, Teacher - School-Age Care, Master Teacher, Site Supervisor) intend to prepare graduates for careers in various work settings, including public and private child care facilities, youth programs, preschool education, hospitals, before/after school care facilities for school age children, human service agencies, counseling, as well as early intervention and advocacy services. Child Development is an excellent undergraduate major for elementary teachers and school administrators. It can also serve as a great foundation for graduate study in social sciences and professional fields (e.g., psychology, medicine, nursing, education, public policy).
Key Skills and Characteristics
- Extensive knowledge of developmental theories, teaching essentials and methods.
- Deep understanding and commitment to children’s educational and emotional needs.
- High energy, enthusiasm, kindness, patience, and creativity.
- Ability to motivate others and communicate effectively on multiple levels.
- Tendency to project confidence and inspire trust.
- Well organized, dependable, focused.
Related Career Titles
Nursery School/Day Care Director Child Development Specialist Preschool/Infant/Toddler Teacher Child Behavior Education Specialist Child Welfare Education Specialist Child Placement Education Specialist Family Welfare/Planning Specialist Youth Program Administrator Minority Groups and Race Relations Education Coordinator Social Worker Special Education Instructor Child Psychologist School/Guidance Counselor