The Child Development Department educates and trains students to work with young children and their families in a variety of roles and settings including state and federally funded children's programs, private and public preschool and after school programs, family child care and public school programs. Classes in child development can lead to careers working directly or indirectly with children in related fields, such as psychology, social services and pediatric health. Students may take courses in child development to meet employment requirements, earn a certificate in one of several areas in preparation for working with young children and families, earn an associate of science degree and/or transfer to a 4-year college or university to continue their education. Courses in child development will prepare students to become a professional in the field of early care and education, performing a variety of educational functions in the field.
GCC Child Development has served the needs of new teachers since 1940. This legacy continues today as we prepare teacher candidates 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.
The program of teacher education includes a planned sequence of courses in professional preparation for working with young children and families. The course work includes field assignments within the accredited laboratory school to provide candidates with a balance of theoretical and practical experiences.