Our Vision

Our vision is of a world where every child is nurtured, respected and supported in their development by professional, well-trained teachers who help them to become responsible, engaged and caring citizens of the global community.

See Our Degrees and Certificates

We offer two degrees and five different certificates in the fields of Child Development and Education. See the complete list and requirements.

Teacher Apprenticeship Program

If you're interested in the Santa Clara County Teacher Apprenticeship Progam, please fill out the interest form to learn about an upcoming information session.

For questions, please contact one of the following:


Mission Statement

Cindy with bubblesThe mission of the Child Development and Education Department is to prepare a diverse student population, including Child Development majors and students from other majors and departments, for transfer within the Behavioral and Social Sciences. The department also provides comprehensive educational opportunities to help students meet professional growth and workforce requirements.

Our Values

  • The importance of relationships in all human learning
  • Pedagogy grounded in current research and knowledge
  • Embracing diversity through genuine acceptance of each individual’s uniqueness
  • Communication as a mutual responsibility
  • Professionalism demonstrated through reflective practice, ethical behavior, advocacy and life long learning

Facing a Financial Emergency?

We may be able to help. De Anza can provide limited cash grants for students who are pursuing a career in early childhood education and are facing a hardship that may interfere with their studies.

Job and Internship Postings

De Anza College has partnered with Handshake as a job and internship platform for students and employers.

Online Learning Updates

The Commission of Teaching Credentialing has provided guidance for Child Development programs including information on child development permits. You can also find resources on these webpages


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Nellie Vargas

Department Chair

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Faculty Resources

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