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 level, if the general education component is met.

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 further education and/or employment in the following jobs: teacher, master teacher, site supervisor or program director in licensed child care or early childhood programs (i.e., infant/toddler, preschool, school age, full inclusion); early intervention assistant, instructional assistant for children with special needs, Child Development Specialist for Resource and Referral Program, Para Educator (Title I Schools), Family Support Services Worker (Home Base).

Program Requirements 

CHLD 039Child Development-DS 13
CHLD 042Child, Family & Society-DS23
CHLD 126Observation and Assessment - DS33
CHLD 140Principles of Early Childhood Education - DS33
CHLD 141Practicum In ECE-DS33
CHLD 148Child Health, Safety, Nutrition - DS73
CHLD 149Creative Curriculum/Children-DS33
CHLD 158Teaching in a Diverse Society3

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.