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Child Development Certificates

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​The Child Development Program offers various educational options. Completion of each program leads to a certifi cate, transfer option and/or an Associate in Arts degree. With additional general education units and required experience, the student will be eligible for the Child Development Permit as defi ned under Title 5. Meeting this requirement will enable the student to teach in both Federal and State preschool programs.

The Child Development courses provide training in infant and toddler care; working with school age children; supervising and administering childcare programs, as well as working with special needs children. Students who complete this degree program will be profi cient in the methodology of working with young children through the extensive overview of theories and application of child development, the development of curriculum and lesson planning techniques, ways to observe and record child behavior, and classroom management techniques. This curriculum prepares student to teach in programs for children including: private facilities, parent cooperative, Head Start programs, Children’s Centers and infant/toddler or school age programs. In addition, this program also prepares students to transfer to four year universities in either Child Development or Teacher Education majors.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

​Upon completion of the Certifi cate programs, students are able to:
  • Students will be able to employ appropriate responsive care techniques when providing care for children from infancy to school age in diverse populations, including special needs children, in adherence with Title 22 Regulations for licensed childhood programs.
  • Students will be able to administrer appropriate supervision practices for children from infancy to school age in diverse populations, including special needs children, in adherence with Title 5 and Title 22 Regulations for licensed childhood programs.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the use of systematic child assessment strategies to plan learning activities and guide decisions about curriculum and teaching strategies.

Program Details

Full Program Details: Child Development Certificates (PDF)

Award Title Award Type Required Course Units Total Major Units GE
Units
Infant/Toddler Teacher C 27 27
Preschool Associate Teacher C 15 15
Preschool Teacher C 35 35
School Age Program Teacher C 33 33
Site Supervisor C 43 43
Teacher with Special Needs C 30 30

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