Child Development - Level III (Certificate N0655)

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The Child Development Level III certificate increases skills in planning for children by focusing on different areas of curriculum. With 175 days of experience and the completion of 16 specific G.E. Units in Areas A, B, C and D, this certificate meets the Title 5 education requirements for a fully qualified teacher.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Completion of the Child Development - Level I coursework12
Completion of the Child Development - Level II coursework7
Completion of the Child Development - Level III coursework9
Total Units28
Course Prefix Course Name Units
Child Development - Level I Coursework
CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs3
CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum3
CHLD 11Child and Adolescent Development3
Total Units12
Course Prefix Course Name Units
Child Development - Level II Coursework
CHLD 64Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children3
CHLD 68Introduction to Children With Special Needs3
CHLD 84Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings1
Total Units7
Course Prefix Course Name Units
Child Development - Level III Coursework
Choose three from the following:9
Teaching in a Diverse Society
Language Arts and Art Media for Young Children
Music and Motor Development for Young Children
Math and Science for Young Children
Infant and Toddler Development
Total Units9

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, and 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 relationship 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 curriculum.
  • 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 education. 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.

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 1 Child, Family, School and Community 3 3
CHLD 5 Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 3 3
CHLD 6 Introduction to Child Development Curriculum 3 3
CHLD 11 Child and Adolescent Development 3 3
Certificate: Child Development L1 M0663 3  
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Spring Term 1
CHLD 64 Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children 3 3
CHLD 68 Introduction to Children With Special Needs 3 3
CHLD 84 Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings 1 1
Fall Term 2
Certificate: Children's Program Teaching T0405 5  
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 Total Units19
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