Certificate of Achievement in Child Development-Teacher

Division: Consumer/Family Studies

This certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of early childhood education programs. Students completing this certificate will acquire academic knowledge based on child development theory and best practices in early care and education. Students gain skills and lab experience that orient them into the field of early childhood care and education providing the opportunity to develop skills and abilities to be successful in the workforce. It will also provide the education required to obtain a California Child Development permit at a teacher or site supervisor level.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify and analyze the major theories and/or principles of child development.
  • Complete lab experience needed for employment in a licensed child care facility at an approved site.
  • Explain the requirements for CA Title 22 Licensing Regulations regarding health, safety, nutrition and mandated reporting law.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for employment in the following fields: teacher, master teacher, mentor teacher or site supervisor in early childhood programs (i.e., infant/toddler, preschool, school age, full inclusion); preschool director in a Title 22 child care center, associate teacher or aide working with children with special needs, Early Intervention Assistant II, Child Development Specialist for Resource and Referral Program, Para Educator (Title I Schools), Family Support Services Worker (Home Base).

Required Certificate Courses (24 Units)24
Child Development-DS 1
Child, Family & Society-DS2
Observation and Assessment-DS3
Principles of ECE-DS3
Practicum In ECE-DS3
Child Health/Safety/Nutri-DS7
Creative Curric/Children-DS3
Teaching in a Diverse Soci-DS3
Total24

The Certificate of Achievement requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Consumer Family Studies Division Chair.