Department Chair: Michelle Hardy, Mary Funaoka
Human Development is multidisciplinary department devoted to being a leader and partner in meeting the intellectual, cultural, and technological workforce of educators and professionals working with families and children. We offer a combination program of academic courses, vocational activities, and service learning experiences that prepare students to: earn an associate degree, transfer to a university, earn diverse professional careers, and become child advocates and leaders of our community.
Department Outcomes and Objectives:
A. Prepare students for success in their academic career and personal life endeavors through vocational certification and degree programs
- A1. Develop and maintain certificates and degrees that prepare students for careers working with children and families.
- A2. Increase basic skills and academic and professional growth for all students attending our department courses
- A3. Prepare students with skills used for upper division coursework specifically in child development and early childhood courses.
- A4. Create standardized department rules across all courses and course work.
B. Provide a learning community environment that is innovative, student centered, and celebrates student achievement
- B1. Support student needs including special populations as reported in Perkins IV.
- B2. Achieve the national status of recognized quality through NAEYC Accreditation
- B3. Create regular celebrations that initiate student pride and achievement.
C. Partner with campus and community resources to enhance our laboratory environment for students’ optimal learning.
- C1. Develop and maintain a student resource laboratory
- C2. Collaborate w/ RSCCD Child Dev. Centers and OC Mentor-Teacher sites for observation and practicum experiences
- C3. Build partnerships with campus programs and departments.
- C4. Build partnerships w/ community businesses and organizations
D. Create pathways in the pursuit of higher education and professional growth.
D1. Increase articulation efforts
D2. Provide students information about continual professional growth opportunities
D3. Prepare students for cutting edge technology.
E. Provide reciprocal opportunities and networking in Orange County for our students, faculty, and the community.
E1. Create Department Advertising Materials
E2. Design and collaborate in events and activities available to students and all Orange County early childhood professionals.
E3. With students, attend professional networking opportunities to help them build new connections to the community.
F. Maintains a positive, productive, and working environment for our tenured and adjunct faculty members, by providing and supporting professional development and curriculum innovation.
F1. Maintain 3-5 full-time faculty members, who provide diverse expertise for our dual department (Human Dev. and Education).
F2. Provide information and support ongoing professional development that supports our program and degrees.
F3. Encourage and support faculty’s participation on organizational boards and committees.
Degrees & Certificates Offered