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: Penny Skemp
Office: Oceanside, Bldg. 3100
P 760.795.6859

Dean: Al Taccone
Building 4700
P 760.795.6807

Department: Child Development

Secretary: Monique Reeve
Office: Oceanside, Room 4604
P 760.795.6841
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Full-Time Faculty

Claudia Flores
Office: Oceanside, Bldg. T-114
P 760.757.2121 ext# 6336

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

Penny Skemp
Office: Oceanside, Bldg. 3100
P 760.795.6859

Mark Whitney
Office: Oceanside, Bldg. 8000
P 760.795.6662
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Associate Faculty

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