Print of child's hand on tiled wall

Child Development and Education

About Us

students in lobbyDe Anza College Child Development and Education Department coursework provides an understanding of the foundation years of human development. Whether your goal is to be a better parent, student, counselor, or teacher, a developmental perspective contributes to greater effectiveness and success for you.

All certificates and degrees in the division are designed to match the child development permit and professional licensing requirements and to encourage continuation to the next level of achievement. Beginning at De Anza and continuing on to four-year and research institutions, you can pursue the study of child development to the doctoral level.

Instructors in our division have field experience as well as scholarly expertise. They have diverse specializations ranging from infant and toddler development to elementary education, from science curriculum to program administration, from language acquisition to musical expression. They welcome the opportunity to assist you in achieving your goals.

Within the Child Development building, the De Anza Child Development Center (CDC) is a laboratory school with a two-fold purpose. First, it provides quality learning experiences for over 100 children and their families. Children who attend this school range in age from 18 months to 5 years.

Second, the CDC serves as a laboratory/demonstration school for De Anza Child Development students, as well as for those in other disciplines, providing opportunities for observation as well as a Practicum experience.

De Anza College Educational Master Plan

Equity Frameworkequity plan cover


Chair: Dr. Li Wei Sun
Office: CD2-21d
Phone: 408.864.5329



Last Updated: 4/1/16