Child Development

Child Development is the study of the social/emotional, cognitive/language, and physical/motor, growth and development of children, from conception through adolescence. Students may take courses to obtain child development certificates and permits, earn an associate in arts degree, and/or prepare to transfer to a four-year institution. Courses are also of interest to students already working in the field of child development.

Career options include a variety of professions serving children and their families such as infant/toddler care, preschool teaching (including Head Start), elementary and secondary education, early childhood special education, program administration, school counseling, child psychology, child advocacy, social work, and community services.

MiraCosta Degrees

MiraCosta Certificates

Contact Information

Department Chair: Claudia Flores
Office: Oceanside, Room OC8012
P 760.757-2121 ext#6336

Dean: Al Taccone
Building 4800
P 760.795.6807

Department: Child Development

Interim Academic Division Administrative Assistant: Tara Sisario
Office: Oceanside, Room 4818
P 760.795.6841
Hours: 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 

Full-Time Faculty

Claudia Flores
Office: Oceanside, Room, 8012
P 760.757.2121 ext# 6336

Linda Haar
Office: Oceanside, Bldg. 8000
P 760.757.2121 ext# 6862

Rhonda Welch-Scalco
Office: Oceanside, Room, T-114
P 760.795.2121 ext# 2392

Mark Whitney
Office: Oceanside, Room, 3114
P 760.795.6662
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