Certificates and Degrees


Child Development & Education Certificates and Degrees 

We are proud of the variety of programs we offer in the Child Development & Education Department.

  • For Child Development, we have 8 certificates and 6 Associate of Science degrees, one Associate of Science Transfer Degree and one Associate of Art Transfer Degree.
  • For Elementary Education, we have the University Studies: Elementary Education Preparation Associate of Arts Degree.

We strongly recommend that ALL child development (CHDV) students receive individual department advising with one of our full-time CHDV faculty members. This advising will allow you to get your questions answered, allow us to determine if you have equivalencies for courses taken at other colleges, and ensure that you take the appropriate courses in order to complete your certificate or degree in the most efficient manner possible. Please check in with the department for advising during any semester throughout your time at Palomar- we know that plans can change, and we want to ensure that you have all of your questions answered and progress in the best way possible towards your goals.

Finishing your Certificate or Degree? Complete the Petition for Graduation form! – Have you completed or are enrolled in all the classes needed to earn a certificate or degree? Make sure that you apply for your certificate/degree using the Petition for Graduation Form. Check out this quick video by Jenny Fererro explains the Petition for Graduation Process 

Child Development Certificates and Degrees

CHDV Stackable Certificate & Degree Options

for Stackable degrees. Start with the Associate Teacher courses: CHDV 99, CHDV 100, CHDV 104, CHDV 115, and choose either CHDV 106, 182, 184, or 185

CHDV Non-Stackable Certificate & Degree Options

Child Development Certificates and Degrees Planning Worksheets 

Stackable Child Development Certificates/Degrees Effective Fall 2023:

Child Development Associate Teacher Certificate

Child Development Teacher

Child Development Master Teacher: Infant Toddler

Child Development Preschool Master Teacher

Child Development Master Teacher: Early Inclusion

Child Development Administration

Child & Family Services

Non-Stackable Child Development Certificates and Degrees:

Child Adolescent AA-T Transfer Degree

Child Development/Early Childhood AS-T Transfer Degree

Child Development School Age Assistant Certificate

Elementary Education Preparation Degree

Foundations of Elementary Education Certificate

University Studies Elementary Education Preparation Advising Sheet (Updated 2.2024)

Prior Degrees and Certificates:

Certificates and Degrees from Fall 2020- Summer 2023

Certificates and Degrees from 2012 to Summer 2020

Certificates and Degrees Prior to 2012