West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Child Studies

(408) 741-2013
Department Location

Department Faculty

Degrees & Certificates

A.A/A.S. Degrees

Early Childhood Education
Associate of Science Degree

Certificates of Achievement

Early Childhood Education  (Gainful Employment Disclosure)

Early Intervention   (Gainful Employment Disclosure)


Communication and The Arts  
(Gainful Employment Disclosure)

Program Director   
(Gainful Employment Disclosure)

Transfer Information:
Info or link about transfer

Degree Requirements
and Course Descriptions

Department Chair:

Katherine Moore-Wines 

Division: Applied Arts and Science

Division Chair:
Hurd, Diane
(408) 741-2110 or (408) 741-2406

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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.  Courses are offered in the morning, afternoons, evenings, and weekends with focus on theory, research, and 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.

The variety of certificates and AS degree prepares students to work in the following settings:

  • Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten Classroom
  • Infant/Toddler Care
  • Family Child Care
  • Before/After School Care
  • Early Intervention Programs
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Early Childhood Program Administration


Introduction to Child Studies featuring Terry Shue
Watch the introduction to Child Studies video featuring Terry Shue

Program Options

  • EC Certificate of Achievement
  • Early Intervention Certificate of Achievement
  • Communication & the Arts Specialization
  • Program Director Specialization
  • Associate Degree, Early Childhood Education - a combination of one of the Certificates and a Specialization

Transfer Preparation/Career Opportunities

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