School Age Child - Specialization (Certificate T1314)

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Certificate T1314

The School Age Child-Specialization Certificate provides specialized skills and knowledge for working with school age children. This certificate exceeds the Title 22 requirements for a fully qualified teacher in school age programs. This skill set also prepares the student for positions as elementary tutors or classroom aides in public school districts.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Core Courses
CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 13
CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum3
Choose one from the following:3
Child Growth and Lifespan Development
Child Growth and Lifespan Development - Honors
Child and Adolescent Development
CHLD 50Teaching in a Diverse Society3
CHLD 51Early Literacy in Child Development3
CHLD 62Music and Motor Development for Young Children3
CHLD 64Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children3
CHLD 74Program Planning for the School Age Child3
Required Electives
LERN 49Math Skills Review3
or MATH 50 Pre-Algebra
Choose one from the following:1-3
Grammar Review
Writing Effective Sentences
Children's Literature
Total Units31-33

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  • Use a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches within the school-age care setting and understand the effects on the social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and cultural development of the school-age child.
  • Be able to evaluate School Age Program regulations, standards, and policies.
  • Understand and use a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with school-age children and support their school assignments.
  • Analyze principles of human development theories as they specifically relate to the school-age child's growth and development.
  • Understand the importance of developmental domains and academic content areas. Students will use their knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate schools age activities and curriculum.
  • 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 school-age child.
  • Be able to explore and evaluate community support services and agencies that are available to families, develop referral skills that help children and families access empowering community resources, and analyze effective advocacy skills that establish effectual public policies pertaining to children and families.
  • Understand theoretical and practical implications of oppression and privilege as they apply to young children, families, programs, classrooms, and teaching. Various classroom strategies.

    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 50 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3 3
CHLD 5 Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 3 3
CHLD 6 Introduction to Child Development Curriculum 3 3
Completion of CHLD 11 will complete 1  
Certificate: Child Development L1 1  
 Units9
Spring Term 1
CHLD 1 Child, Family, School and Community 3 3
CHLD 51 Early Literacy in Child Development 3 3
CHLD 74 Program Planning for the School Age Child 3 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
Certificate: Child Development, L1 M0663 3  
Engl 1A required for LIT 40 (elective) 0  
variance for ENGL 56 56 6  
 Units13
Fall Term 2
CHLD 62 Music and Motor Development for Young Children 3 3
CHLD 64 Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children 3 3
LIT 40 not needed if ENGL 1A is completed 1  
Variance for Lern 49/Math 50 take Math 71/71B/71X 1  
Meet with Child Development Chair Meet with Child Development Chair  
Certificate:School Age Child- Specialization T1314 4  
Submit petition to Admissions Records Submit petition to Admissions Records  
 Units6
 Total Units28
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