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Child Development and Education


Welcome to the Child Development and Education Department at Mt. San Jacinto College. 

The faculty and staff are happy that you are considering a career working with children and families.   We are committed to preparing you to be a highly qualified professional and excited about your potential!

The department offers three degrees and two certificates designed to prepare you for a career working with children birth through age eight years.  Professionals with CDE coursework or an AS Degree in CDE might obtain employment in Preschools, Elementary Schools or Child Care Centers or can continue their education and work towards careers as Early Interventionists, Social Workers, Mental Health Therapists, Child Life Specialists and K-12 Teachers along with various other opportunities

Specifically, for the career goal of an Elementary School Teacher, an AS Degree is Child Development can be a better option than a degree in Liberal Studies. A CDE degree will better prepare you with an understanding of children's development and their unique needs. According to NAEYC "Teachers who are knowledgeable about child development and learning are able to make broad predictions about what children of a particular age group typically will be like, what they typically will and will not be capable of, and what strategies and approaches will most likely promote their optimal learning and development" (2009, NAEYC).

The Child Development and Education Department offers a variety of course options to fit your needs.  We offer classes at our San Jacinto, Menifee Valley Campus and the Temecula Education Complex.  Additionally, courses can be taken fully online or face –to- face in the day and evening.

Our Child Development and Education Department is supported by the Child Development and Education Center Lab program.  Our program benefits from placing students in the lab for observation and/or work experience.  The Child Development and Education Center offers early care and education to children 18 month – 5 years of age. These services are available to MSJC students and community members.  The CDEC allows the department to provide students hands-on real life experience.

Feel free to visit with a full time faculty member in person at the  Menifee Valley Campus (MVC) or San Jacinto Campus (SJC)  Child Development and Education Centers.  You can also reach faculty at: 
Faculty and Chair MVC: Dr. Michelle Harper
Faculty MVC: Linda Middleton
Faculty SJC: Lorraine Slattery Farrell

To get started please be sure to apply to MSJC.  For General Advising after you register, feel free to connect with Matt Leyden at

You can also complete our contact form.

The MSJC CDE faculty wish you the very best in your pursuit to become a leader in the field of child development and education. We look forward to meeting you in person and hearing more about your academic and career goals.  



San Jacinto Campus
1499 N. State St.
San Jacinto, CA 92583
(951) 487-MSJC (6752)
Michelle Harper, CDE Department Chair
(951) 639-5616
Menifee Valley Campus
28237 La Piedra Road
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 672-MSJC (6752)
Michelle Harper, CDE Department Chair
(951) 639-5616