2019-2020 Spring Edition 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2019-2020 Spring Edition [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Teacher Certificate of Achievement

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This certificate meets the education requirements of the Teacher level of the Child Development Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Developmental and learning theory as well as appropriate strategies for teaching and caring for children ages birth to 8 will be studied and applied. Family collaboration, cultural sensitivity, and relationship based practice will be emphasized. This certificate prepares students to provide competent and effective care and instruction of children in an early care and education program, and supervise assistants, classroom aides and/or volunteers in a variety of children’s settings. Additional work is required to obtain CTC’s Teacher Permit. A minimum grade of “C” in each course is required to receive the certificate and/or qualify for the Child Development Permit.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Describe developmental milestones for children in the areas of physical, psycho-social, cognitive, and language development.
  • Identify environmental, cultural, familial, economic, political, and historical contexts that influence all children’s development.
  • Demonstrate a range of skills and knowledge related to the unique need of children ages 0-8 years.
  • Apply developmental theory, knowledge of child development, DCLAP (developmentally, culturally, linguistically appropriate practices), and demonstrate use of research based teaching strategies to develop curriculum for the unique educational needs of young children individually and in group care settings.
  • Demonstrate developmentally appropriate observation, assessment, and documentation skills to identify individual child needs and use that knowledge to plan appropriate curriculum.
  • Demonstrate professional skills including ethical practice, reflective practice, written and verbal communication, collaboration, advocacy, and identification of personal qualifications in relationship to state and national requirements for teachers of young children.

Total Units for the Major: 45-48

Required Breadth

Students must complete area 1, select one course from each of areas 2, 3, and 4, and select one additional course from area 2, 3, or 4.

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