2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [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.


Course ID Title Units
CDE 101  * Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3
CDE 15  * Child, Family, and Community 3
CDE 7  * or Child Growth and Development 3
CDE 7H  * Honors Child Growth and Development 3
CDE 110  * Introduction to Curriculum 3
CDE 111  * Child Guidance and Communication 3
CDE 112  * Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
CDE 117  * Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
CDE 120  * Observation and Assessment 3
CDE 121  * Practicum-The Student Teaching Experience 5
  Select from Required Breadth 16-19



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.  
Area 1    
ENG 1A  * or Principles of Composition I 4
ENG 1AH  * Honors Principles of Composition I 4
Area 2    
MATH 10  * or Introduction to Statistics 3
MATH 14  * Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers 5
MATH 103  * or Mathematical Ideas 3
PSYC 44  * or Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
ANTH 1  or Biological Anthropology 3
ANTH 1H  or Honors Biological Anthropology 3
ENV 18  or Introduction to Ecology 4
GEOG 1  or Physical Geography 3
GEOG 1H  or Honors Physical Geography 3
GEOL 1  or Introduction to Physical Geology 4
GEOL 20  or Introduction to Earth Science 4
HORT 20   Introduction to Horticultural Science 4
Area 3    
ANTH 2  or Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 2H  or 2H Honors Cultural Anthropology 3
GEOG 2  or Cultural Geography 3
GEOG 2H  or Honors Cultural Geography 3
SOC 10  or Introduction to Marriage and the Family 3
SOC 20  or Ethnic Cultures of the United States 3
SOC 30  or Social Psychology 3
PS 1  or American Government 3
PS 1H   Honors American Government 3
Area 4    
ENG 142  * or Children’s Literature 3
ARTH 20  or Art Appreciation 3
MUS 1  or The Basics of Music 3
MUS 20  or Music Appreciation 3
DANC 64  or History of Dance 3
HORT 115  or History of Landscape Design 3
ID 110   Fundamentals of Interior Design 3

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

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