Children’s Program: General - Level I

Business Division
Certificate E1326

The Children’s Program Certificate: General - Level I is designed for the student who desires general knowledge about the foundations of child development and who has an interest in teaching young children. This certificate meets the Title 22 education requirements for a fully qualified teacher. In Title 5 programs, this certificate meets the educational requirements for an Assistant/Aide position. This certificate includes the identified core courses for the Associate Teacher Child Development Permit. Fifty (50) days of experience is required to complete the permit requirements.

Required Courses

CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community 3
CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 13
CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum 3
CHLD 11Child and Adolescent Development 3
Total Units12
1

Students must provide documentation of influenza, pertussis (TDap), and measles immunization, as well as TB clearance, as required by SB792 prior to being permitted to enroll in this class. Instructions on submitting documentation are available at Child Development Center.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  • Understand and use a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child's development and learning.
  • Be able to evaluate Early care and Education Program regulations, standards, policies according to Title 22 California.
  • Be grounded in Child Development knowledge (theory) and use their understanding of young children and their needs to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging for each child.
  • Understand that child observation, documentation and other forms of assessment are central to the practices of all early childhood professionals.  Students use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies to positively influence the development of every child.
  • Understand that successful programs depend upon partnerships with children's families and communities.  They use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families and to involve all families in their children's development and learning.
  • Understand the importance of developmental domains and academic content areas. Students use their knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful challenging curricula and environments that promote comprehensive developmental learning outcomes for every child.
  • Be able to identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession. They know ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practices.  They are life-long, collaborative learners who continue to broaden their knowledge and skills, remain informed about child development issues, and are informed advocates for sound educational practices and policies.
  • Be able to apply effective guidance and interaction strategies that support all children's social learning, identity and self-confidence.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
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