The mission of Rio
Hondo Community College is to provide a collaborative center of
lifelong learning that includes innovative, challenging and
quality educational offerings-including programs and courses
leading to transfer and vocational degrees and certificates. The
College Philosophy recognizes the individual worth and potential
of every human being and is dedicated to excellence in
The Child Development Department provides a program
that effectively encompasses the components of Rio Hondo
College’s mission and philosophy. Our program includes a
vocational component with a Preschool Teacher Certificate of
Achievement (15 units), an overall Certificate of Achievement
(24 units) and an Associate of Science Degree. Our program also
prepares students for transfer to four-year programs with many
articulation agreements with these institutions. We also
recognize the individual worth and potential of our students (as
we do the children we are training the students to work with)
and strive for excellence in instruction (providing a role model
for the future professionals who will work with children and
The Mission and Philosophy of Rio Hondo is also
reflected in our Departmental Mission Statement and Philosophy.
The Child Development Department provides information that
enables our students to understand and take advantage of the
multifaceted components of the Child Development field and its
multidisciplinary opportunities for career paths. We also work
to provide our students with knowledge of Child Development
concepts, theories and applications in order to become effective
and satisfied professionals.
Overall Departmental Goals
When completing each Child Development Course students will be
Describe the relationships between
Child Development and other related fields of study.
List career options available to Child
Name and discuss the concepts and
theories of Child Development.
Explain the connections between Child
Development and Diversity Issues.
Identify Developmentally Appropriate
techniques to implement Child Development concepts and
theories in the development of curriculum for children and
Distinguish the individual needs and
potential of children and their families through Authentic
Assessment, partnerships and collaboration.