Child and Family Studies: AS Degree

The Napa Valley College Child and Family Studies Program prepares students to work as teachers with young children in public and private early care and education programs. The Child and Family Studies Program may also serve as a beginning for students planning to attend a four year college to obtain a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. Upon completion of the A.S. Degree in Child and Family Studies at Napa Valley College, the student is eligible for the California Child Development Teacher Permit available through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Communicate with empathy to develop nurturing relationships with children parents and co-workers as well as support the parent-child relationship.
  2. Integrate concepts and components of developmentally appropriate practices into the daily curriculum to engage children at their level of understanding and ability.
  3. Observe and record children’s behavior to be able to integrate the information gathered into daily curriculum that advocates gender, equity and diversity and meets biosocial, cognitive and psychosocial needs.
  4. Know, pursue, and implement brain development research and theory in teaching.
Degree Requirements
Required Core Courses (42 units)
CFS-120Child Development 13
CFS-121Health, Safety & Nutrition3
CFS-122Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children3
CFS-123Observation & Assessment 14
CFS-130The Creative Process in Young Children3
CFS-135The Cognitive Development of Young Children 13
CFS-140The Child, Family and Community 13
CFS-145Language Development & Early Literacy 13
CFS-150Infant/Toddler Development & Education3
CFS-165Curriculum and Environments in Early Childhood Programs3
CFS-184Teaching Children in a Diverse Society3
CFS-196Music and Movement in Early Childhood 13
CFS-223Student Teaching - Practicum5
Required Electives (6 units)
Complete six units from the following:6
Care and Education for Infants and Toddlers
Sensitive Issues in Early Childhood
Working With Families
Studying the Reggio Emilia Approach
Meeting the Developmental Needs of the School-Aged Child
The Anthropology of Childhood
Adult Supervision and Mentoring in Early Care and Education
Admin & Supervision of Early Childhood Programs 1
Supervision & Admininistration of Early Childhood Programs II
Teaching as a Profession
Total Units48
  1. Certificate Program: Students are eligible for the CFS Certificate after completion of the following required courses with “C” or better: CFS-120, CFS-121, CFS-122, CFS-123, CFS-130, CFS-135, CFS-140, CFS-145, CFS-150, CFS-165, CFS-184, CFS-196, CFS-223 and two CFS/EDUC/LGBT electives.
  2. A.S. Degree Program: All courses as listed. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Consultation with the Program Coordinator is required.
  3. Specializations: The Child and Family Studies Program offers five (5) specializations for the Master Teacher level of the Child Development Permit: Creativity (CFS-130 and CFS-170), Diversity (CFS-180 and CFS-184), Infant and Toddler (CFS-150 and CFS-151), Working with Families (CFS-160 and CFS-161), and Administration and Mentoring (CFS-270, CFS-271 and CFS-250).
  4. Transfer to a baccalaureate degree granting institution: Consult the catalog of the college or university of your choice and a Napa Valley College counselor for specific requirements.

To receive an Associate Degree, students must complete 60 degree applicable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0. Students must also complete the NVC General Education pattern to earn an Associate degree. Consultation with a Counselor is highly encouraged to ensure all requirements are met.  

The following is a suggested course sequence and does not replace an educational plan created with you and your counselor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CFS-120 Child Development 1 3
CFS-122 Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children 3
CFS-140 The Child, Family and Community 1 3
NVC GE Area D1: English Composition 3-4
Graduation Requirement: Physical Education/Health 2 3
CFS-121 Health, Safety & Nutrition 3
CFS-123 Observation & Assessment 4
CFS-165 Curriculum and Environments in Early Childhood Programs 3
NVC GE Area D2: Mathematics 3-5
Second Year
CFS-130 The Creative Process in Young Children 3
CFS-150 Infant/Toddler Development & Education 3
CFS/EDUC/LGBT Elective 3 3
CFS-184 Teaching Children in a Diverse Society 3
CFS-196 Music and Movement in Early Childhood 3
CFS-135 The Cognitive Development of Young Children 3
CFS-145 Language Development & Early Literacy 3
CFS/EDUC Elective 3 3
CFS-223 Student Teaching - Practicum 5
NVC GE Area A: Natural Science 3-5
 Total Units60-65