Child Development - Program Administration (Certificate T0863)

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The Child Development - Program Administration certificate is designed for students who desire general knowledge about Early Childhood Development and the professional knowledge and skills expected of a beginning level early childhood program administrator.  This certificate meets or exceeds Title 22 education requirements for Center Director.  Course work prepares students to effectively support the growth, development, and learning of all young children; the growth and development of ECE program staff; collaboration with families to bolster young children's learning; a safe early childhood environment compliant with applicable State health, safety, nutrition, food, and sanitary requirements as well as applicable business, personnel and fiscal accounting standards and requirements.  Direct experience working with children and their families is highly recommended to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to be an effective administrator or early childhood programs.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 13
CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum 13
CHLD 10Child Growth and Lifespan Development 13
or CHLD 10H Child Growth and Lifespan Development - Honors
or CHLD 11 Child and Adolescent Development
CHLD 50Teaching in a Diverse Society3
CHLD 64Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children3
CHLD 68Introduction to Children With Special Needs 13
CHLD 71AAdministration of Child Development Programs3
CHLD 71BPersonnel and Leadership in Child Development Programs3
CHLD 75Supervising Adults in Early Childhood Settings2
Choose three courses (9 units) from the following:9
Small Business Management
Language Arts and Art Media for Young Children
Music and Motor Development for Young Children
Math and Science for Young Children
Teacher, Parent, and Child Relationships
Infant and Toddler Development 1
Current Issues in Child Development
Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings
Total Units38

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  • 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 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 theoretical and practical implications of oppression and privilege as they apply to young children, families, programs, classrooms, and teaching. Various classroom strategies are employed.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.  This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
CHLD 5 Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 3
CHLD 10 Child Growth and Lifespan Development 3
CHLD 75 Supervising Adults in Early Childhood Settings 2
4 units are required of the following courses: 4  
CHLD 72, CHLD 73, CHLD 83 BUSM 66 6  
CHLD 73 only counts once 3  
Spring Term 1
CHLD 1 Child, Family, School and Community 3
CHLD 6 Introduction to Child Development Curriculum 3
CHLD 50 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
Three courses of the following is required: Three courses of the following is required:  
CHLD 61, 62, 63, 73, 83 3  
CHLD 73 may only count in one area 3  
Fall Term 2
CHLD 68 Introduction to Children With Special Needs 3
CHLD 71A Administration of Child Development Programs 3
CHLD 84 Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings 1
CHLD 73 major elective may only count once. 3  
Spring Term 2
CHLD 64 Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children 3
CHLD 71B Personnel and Leadership in Child Development Programs 3
Certificate: Child Dev. Administ. T0654 4  
Submit petition to Admissions Records Submit petition to Admissions Records  
 Total Units30
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