Child Development - Program Guide

Associated Programs

Get English language support in the program �ESL for Child Development Programs.� A three class sequence of linked child development and ESL classes are offered each year. In the fall quarter, Introduction to Child Development Programs CD 50 is linked to ESL 150A. In the winter quarter, Child Development: The Early Years CD10G is linked to ESL 150B. In the spring quarter, Child, Home, and Community Interrelationships CD12 is linked to ESL 150C. Each ESL class provides language support and skill development to help English language learners succeed in the child development courses. You will receive:

  • strategies to help you understand the Child Development course content
  • confidence to continue in the Child Development Program
  • the combined experience of three great teachers

Why take the linked classes?

  • You need at least 18 quarter units of CD classes
  • You want to increase your chances of getting a better job
  • You want to get larger cash stipends from the CARES program

Contact Mayra Cruz, Child Development Instructor, 408 864.8215,

Child Development Classes in Spanish
Contact Mayra Cruz at 408/864-8215

Child Development Courses in Chinese Contact Li Wei Sun at 408/864-5329

Learn about the Early Intervention /Special Education Certificate Program.

De Anza College's Child Development and Education Division developed the Early Intervention/Special Education Assistant Certificate to train high quality special education paraprofessionals and support inclusion services for children with special needs in early education settings. The certificate of proficiency meets the Department of Developmental Service's Early Intervention Assistant I requirements. It is the equivalent to the Teacher levels of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Child Development Matrix.

The Early Intervention/Special Education Assistant Certificate program will prepare you to:

  • Understand and recognize special needs
  • Support children and families within their cultural context
  • Foster, nurture, and understand the development and needs of children with special needs
  • Understand Federal and State legislation and regulations
  • Examine �natural� and �least restrictive� environments
  • Describe Interagency collaboration and partnerships
  • Understand professional and ethical practices
  • Assess and observe children with special needs

For information and advising contact: Mayra E. Cruz, 408 864-8215,



Child Development and Education Chair: Mayra Cruz
Office: CD-3 36
Phone: 408.864.8215 sizeplaceholder

Last Updated: 9/1/09