Human Development

Built for the Next Generation: A Higher Education for a Higher Calling

In building the future of Orange County and our world, there are no more important architects than the professionals who educate and care for our children. 

As working families turn increasingly to professional childcare support, career opportunities in the Human Development field continue to expand. According to occupational data tracking application O-NET Online, positions like preschool educators, childcare workers, recreation coordinators and social services assistants are expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate through 2026, each yielding more than 100,000+ job openings per year.

Irvine Valley College’s Human Development programs focus primarily on the development of the child from infancy through school age, including the exploration of programs and activities designed to promote the overall growth and well-being of children. Students learn, both in theory and through direct observation, how to meet the emotional, physical, social, and cognitive needs of the young child. Degree and certificate programs in this department lead to immediate employment in schools, hospitals, childcare and recreation facilities, and companies that produce educational media.

Students gravitating toward Human Development careers tend to be interested in the welfare and education of children, and are often parents themselves. Successful professionals in this field tend to employ a positive, patient attitude, while exercising excellent on-the-fly planning and judgement skills. 

With Orange County’s population growing, and early childhood education professionals in high demand, it's no surprise that this industry sector contains multiple “Bright Outlook Occupations,” according to O-Net Online. IVC lets you choose from a variety of degree and certificate options leading to your rewarding new career!

Ready to launch a Future BUILT career in Human Development? It all starts at Irvine Valley College!

What You Need to Know

What Degrees and Certificates Are Available to Me?
IVC offers a variety of program types to help build your future-proof career! 

Associate in Science Degrees
These two-year college degrees are designed for students who want to gain in-depth understanding of a particular field in order to enter a specific profession or to prepare for further education at a technical or trade school, or a 4-year college or university.

IVC Offers AS Degrees in:
Child Development
School-Age Child

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degrees
Like the AA, these degrees give students an in-depth understanding of a particular field but differ in that they are specifically designed to help students transfer seamlessly to a 4-year California State University where they can complete a bachelor’s degree.

IVC Offers an AA-T in:
Elementary Teacher Education

Associate in Science for Transfer Degrees
Like the AS, these degrees give students an in-depth understanding of a particular field but differ in that they are specifically designed to help students transfer seamlessly to a 4-year California State University where they can complete a bachelor’s degree.

IVC Offers an AS-T in:
Early Childhood Education

Certificates of Achievement
Certificates of Achievement are state-approved certificates that acknowledge workplace competencies and job readiness in a particular field. In many cases, the courses that comprise a certificate of achievement are the same as those required for an associate degree, minus the General Education courses.

IVC Offers COAs in:
Child Development
School-Age Child

Certificates of Proficiency
Certificates of Proficiency acknowledge basic workplace abilities and are designed for students who want to enter the workforce quickly or upgrade their job skills. These certificates have a total credit requirement of less than 18 units and are designed and approved by local business leaders in order to make them as practical as possible. 

IVC Offers COPs in:
Early Childhood Assistant Teacher
Early Childhood Associate Teacher

Make sure your class schedule is built for success. Visit the course catalog to see what classes you need to earn your degree or certificate in Human Development.

Irvine Valley College is proud to provide our communities with affordable, accessible Career Education opportunities. Click for details on on program costs and fees for the following program areas:

Child Development
Infant / Toddler

Financial Aid, Scholarships & Grants

Want to learn how financial aid, scholarships and grants can make college more affordable? IVC’s Financial Aid Office has all the information you need!

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Department Offices: 949-451-5100

Traci Fahimi
Dean, Social and Behavioral Sciences 
Faculty Website

Donna King
Chair, Human Development

IVC Human Development graduates are building successful futures in careers like these, and more! Here are some in-demand job titles and their average yearly salaries.

Preschool Teachers = $47,923 
Teacher Assistants = $43,642 
Nannies = $34,330 
Recreational Therapists = $65,894 
Child, Family and School Social Workers = $47,520 
Childcare Workers = $34,330 

Average Salary In This Field

Average Salary In This Field

$34,330 to
Per Year

Potential Careers

Potential Careers

Preschool Teacher
Teacher Assistant
Childcare Worker

Have Questions? Talk To A Counselor!

You’ve made an independent choice to boost your life and career through Career Education at IVC… but you’re not alone! Talk to a counselor for information on getting started, planning your career pathway, and more!

Our Students Love Us!

“The staff are wonderful! I tell other students that IVC is a great choice… Take your turn and enjoy it!”
- Hilda Hedayati, IVC Student
“Even though this is a new career for me, and I am older than the average student, the professors made it interesting.”
- Barbara Gordon, IVC Student
“I enjoyed being involved on campus and making connections with the campus community. I would encourage any future students to engage on campus in any and every way they can.”
- Danielle Richmond, IVC Student