Child Studies and Elementary Education

Instructor teaching classroom of students

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Welcome to the Child Studies Department

The students enrolled in Child Studies courses at West Valley College can make a difference in the lives of children and the future of our community. Courses are offered in the mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends, and online with a balance of theory, research, and real-world program practice. Financial aid, tuition and book subsidy, on-campus childcare, and childcare tuition subsidy are available. Most courses prepare students to transfer to the CSU system and into a Bachelor’s degree program.

Child Studies Career Paths
  • Early Childhood Program Director
  • Early Interventionist
  • Elementary Education
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Infant-Toddler Caregiver
  • Instructional Aide
  • Parent Educator
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant

Child Studies Program

Watch a video about the Child Studies program.

Last Updated 1/27/23