A.A.-T, Child and Adolescent Development
A.S.-T, Early Childhood Education
A.A., Child Development/Early Childhood Education
C.A., Child Development Teacher
C.A., Child Development Associate Teacher
C.A., Child Development Master Teacher
C.A., Child Development Site Supervisor
C.A., Inclusion And Special Needs


An Associate Degree, depending on the focus of study, is designed to prepare students for transfer into upper division course work in a bachelor’s degree program, or, to prepare students to enter the workforce in a particular vocational field. To qualify for an Associate’s Degree, a student must:  

  1. complete each major-specific course required for the degree with at least a “C” grade or better, 
  2. complete all Cuesta College general education, graduation and residency requirements,
  3. achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0 for all courses attempted (major, general education, elective).


A Certificate Program is designed for students who desire specific training to meet an immediate occupational or personal goal, or for promotion or lateral transfer within their existing field of employment. To qualify for a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Specialization, a student must:

  1. complete all courses required for the Certificate with an overall grade point average of 2.0.

Before and After School Teacher/Director  Special Education, Paraeducator
Behavioral Therapist Elementary School Teacher
Early Childhood Teacher/Director Infant and Toddler Educator/Director
Early Interventionist Parent Educator
Child Life Specialist Pediatric Specialist
Community College Instructor Resource and Referral Coordinator
Degree/Certificate Types:
A.A. - Associate in Arts C.A. - Certificate of Achievement
A.S. - Associate in Science C.S. - Certificate of Specialization
A.A.-T. - Associate in Arts for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Completion (Non Credit)
A.S.-T. - Associate in Science for Transfer