Early Childhood Education

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.S.-T. in Early Childhood Education for Transfer

The Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) for Transfer provides a clearly articulated curricular track for students who wish to transfer to a CSU campus, while also serving the diverse needs of students interested in the breadth and depth of the field of early childhood education. Additionally, this degree exposes students to the core principles and practices of the field in order to build a foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational paths.

The degree is designed to facilitate students’ successful transfer to certain California State University (CSU) campuses that prepare them for advanced study in a variety of graduate programs, as well as a variety of careers such as teaching, Child Development Specialist, Program Directors, and Child Life Specialists. With a BA in ECE/Child Development, students are eligible for the Master Teacher and Site Supervisor levels of the CA Child Development Permit, using the Alternative Qualifications category.

The Associate in Science degree in ECE for Transfer provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to certain California State University campuses.

The Associate in Science degree in ECE for Transfer (A.S.-T.) may be obtained by the completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program outlined below (earning a C or better in these courses) and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education Breadth Requirements. The ECE courses required in this program are part of the CA Curriculum Alignment Project, Lower Division 8 coursework.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education (3) 3
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation and Documentation 3
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
Total Units: 26

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer for Transfer (AS-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • synthesize child development research with principles and practices for early childhood teaching to create early learning environments that are respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children, from infancy through adolescence.
  • design inclusive, culturally and linguistically appropriate learning environments, based on child development, child observations, family information and knowledge of culturally diverse child rearing practices.
  • incorporate strategies for building respectful, reciprocal family and community relationships in order to support families with their children’s development and learning.
  • assess children's learning through observation, documentation, and interpretation, using results to guide curriculum and teaching strategies.
  • recommend developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant approaches to teaching and learning that include respectful, supportive relationships with children and families, and curriculum that support foundational skills and concepts in language, math, science, art, and social relationships.
  • demonstrate practices that maintain standards of health, nutrition, and safety in group care early childhood settings.
  • apply ethical standards of behavior accepted by the profession of early childhood education.

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Early Childhood Education

This program provides a foundation for in-depth early childhood teacher preparation both through strong general education and through introductory studies in child development and in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy. Topics include an introduction to the profession, observation techniques, age-appropriate curriculum, the child in the context of family and culture, and health and safety practices for early childhood educators.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 325 Positive Guidance Strategies with Young Children 3
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation and Documentation 3
ECE 331 Care and Education of Infants and Toddlers 3
ECE 404 Children with Special Needs 3
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ECE 305 Introduction to Family Child Care (1)
ECE 316 Mass Media and Young Children (1)
ECE 330 Infant and Toddler Development (3)
ECE 342 Constructive Math and Science in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 343 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood (3)
ECE 350 Introduction to Elementary Teaching with Field Experience (3)
   or ENGED 324 Introduction to Elementary Teaching with Field Experience (3)
ECE 356 Programs for the School-Age Child (3)
ECE 358 Activities for the School-Age Child (3)
ECE 361 Introducing Young Children to Visual Arts (3)
ECE 363 Music and Movement with Young Children (3)
ECE 407 Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs (4)
ECE 414 CPR and Pediatric First Aid (1.5)
   or HEED 311 CPR and Pediatric First Aid (1.5)
ECE 420 Administration I: Programs in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 422 Administration II: Personnel and Leadership in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 424 Adult Supervision: Mentoring in a Collaborative Learning Setting (2)
ECE 432 Leadership in Diversity (3)
ECE 455 Environment Rating Scales in Early Childhood Programs (1)
Total Units: 38

The Early Childhood Education Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • synthesize child development research with principles and practices for early childhood teaching to create early learning environments that are respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children, from infancy through adolescence.
  • design inclusive, culturally and linguistically appropriate learning environments, based on child development, child observations, family information, and knowledge of culturally diverse child rearing practices.
  • incorporate strategies for building respectful, reciprocal family and community relationships in order to support families with their children’s development and learning.
  • assess children's learning through observation, documentation, and interpretation, using results to guide curriculum and teaching strategies.
  • recommend developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant approaches to teaching and learning that include respectful, supportive relationships with children and families, and curriculum that supports foundational skills and concepts in language, math, science, art, and social relationships.
  • demonstrate practices that maintain standards of health, nutrition, and safety in early childhood settings.
  • apply ethical standards of behavior accepted by the profession of early childhood education.

Career Information

Upon completion of this degree, students possess the competencies required to work as a teacher in both private and public early care and education settings, serving infants through preschool-age children. Additionally, the individual can work as a teacher in before-and-after school programs, serving school-age children.

Certificates of Achievement

Associate Teacher Certificate

This certificate provides the educational coursework that serves as the core curriculum for the early childhood education field. Topics include an introduction to the profession, observation techniques, age-appropriate curriculum, and the child in the context of the family and community. Additionally, there is a focus on practicing these concepts in a supervised field/lab environment. With documented work experience, the student is also eligible to apply to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the Associate Teacher Child Development Permit.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
Total Units: 13

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • analyze the influence of family, community and culture on the child and identify local resource agencies that support families.
  • plan and implement developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor environments that support children's learning through play, exploration,and problem-solving.
  • build on systematic observations of children's behavior to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning activities for young children.
  • distinguish and apply positive guidance and conflict-resolution strategies that teach children self-discipline and effective, respectful social skills within a diverse group of peers.

Career Information

This certificate allows the student to work as a teacher in a private early care and education (Title 22) program, serving infants/toddlers, preschool-age children, and school-age children in before-and-after school programs. With the Associate Teacher Child Development Permit, an individual can work as an assistant or associate teacher in a publicly funded (Title 5) early care and education program.


Curriculum Specialist Certificate

This certificate provides the educational coursework that serves as the core curriculum for the early childhood education field. Topics include an introduction to the profession, observation techniques, age-appropriate curriculum, and two supervised field/lab experiences. Additionally, this specialization provides a choice of coursework focusing on curriculum areas for teaching young children.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education 4
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
ECE 342 Constructive Math and Science in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 343 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood (3)
ECE 361 Introducing Young Children to Visual Arts (3)
ECE 363 Music and Movement with Young Children (3)
Total Units: 23

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • build on systematic observations of children's behavior, interests, and the classroom environment to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning activities for groups of young children.
  • formulate an educational philosophy to guide in the curriculum of an early care and education program.
  • evaluate curriculum for sound pedagogy, content, and breadth, including planning for the learning environment, the daily routines, and the individual needs of the children.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Curriculum Specialist Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Upon completion of this specialization certificate, students are eligible to be teachers in privately funded (Title 22) early care and education programs and/or associate teachers in publicly funded (Title 5) programs serving young children and their families.


ECE: Culture and Diversity Specialist Certificate

This certificate provides the educational coursework that serves as the core curriculum for the early childhood education field. Topics include an introduction to the profession, observation techniques, child development, health and safety practices, the child in the context of the family and community, age-appropriate anti-bias curriculum and a supervised field/lab experience. Additionally, it offers a specialization in culture and diversity issues within early childhood education settings, including the study of the values, issues, and counseling needs of diverse populations, as well as the cognitive and emotional aspects of prejudice as it relates to institutional and individual discrimination. Upon completion of this specialization certificate, the individual is eligible to be a teacher in a private (Title 22) early care and education program. With verified work experience, the individual is also eligible to apply to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for an Associate Teacher Child Development Permit to work as an associate teacher in a public (Title 5) early care and education program.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3) 3
   or HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
Total Units: 19

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • analyze the influence of family, community, and culture on the child's development and identify ways to respond to the diversity of cultures represented in an early childhood education setting.
  • plan and implement a developmentally appropriate, anti-bias, and culturally relevant classroom environment that supports children's learning through play, exploration, and problem-solving.
  • build on systematic observations of children's behavior and the classroom environment to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate, anti-bias, and culturally relevant learning activities for young children.
  • describe and apply positive guidance and conflict-resolution strategies that teach children self-discipline and effective, respectful social skills within a diverse group of peers.
  • analyze how one's own cultural background, societal beliefs, and values impact their work with children and families.
  • advocate for and promote culturally relevant and anti-biased education in the early childhood education community.
  • examine the values, issues, and needs of diverse populations by race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, developmental ability, and age.
  • identify the cognitive and emotional aspects of prejudice as it relates to institutional and individual discrimination.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for ECE: Culture and Diversity Specialist Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Upon completion of this specialization certificate, the individual is eligible to be a teacher in a private (Title 22) early care and education program and is eligible to apply to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for an Associate Teacher Child Development Permit to work as an associate teacher in a public (Title 5) early care and education program.


Early Childhood Education Management Specialist Certificate

This certificate provides the educational coursework that serves as the core curriculum for the early childhood education field. Topics include an introduction to the profession, observation techniques, age-appropriate curriculum, and a supervised field/lab experience. Additionally, it covers administration and management issues relating to the operation of center-based early care and education programs.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
ECE 420 Administration I: Programs in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 422 Administration II: Personnel and Leadership in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 424 Adult Supervision: Mentoring in a Collaborative Learning Setting 2
Total Units: 24

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • apply child development principles to development of a philosophy statement to guide the design and operation of a child development program.
  • appraise and implement quality care for young children in group settings, including curriculum and environments for children birth through adolescence.
  • manage respectful and reciprocal interactions between children, families and teachers.
  • utilize knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum, environments, observation and guidance to assess one's own strengths and weaknesses in working with young children.
  • critique and implement practices in maintaining health/safety standards and preventing infectious disease in group care settings.
  • support and implement licensing requirements for privately and publicly funded child development programs.
  • demonstrate leadership in staffing, budgets, enrollment, professional development and program implementation for privately and publicly funded programs.

Career Information

Upon completion of the certificate and with additional documented experience, the student exceeds the minimum educational requirements for employment as a director/manager of a privately funded early care and education program. The minimum requirements are outlined in Title 22 (Department of Social Services) regulations for child care licensing.


Infant Specialist Certificate

This certificate provides the educational coursework that serves as the core curriculum for the early childhood education field. Topics include an introduction to the profession, observation techniques, and age-appropriate curriculum. Additionally, it focuses on infant development and the care of education of infants/toddlers in group settings along with information for lactation consultants.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 330 Infant and Toddler Development 3
ECE 331 Care and Education of Infants and Toddlers 3
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
HLACT 302 Fundamentals of Lactation Consultant Assisting 2.5
Total Units: 24.5

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate and apply knowledge of infant development to create infant and family programs that are respectful, supportive, and challenging for children from the prenatal period through the first three years after birth.
  • design infant and toddler programs that build respectful, reciprocal family relationships and support optimal infant and toddler development and learning both at home and in group settings.
  • incorporate systematic assessment strategies using observation, documentation, and interpretation in order to guide decisions about support for infant and toddler development and curriculum.
  • design, implement, and evaluate developmentally effective curriculum and teaching plans that connect knowledge of academic content to meaningful and challenging learning environments for infants and toddlers.
  • demonstrate practices in maintaining health/safety standards and managing infectious disease in group settings.
  • develop a continuing professional growth plan and advocate for public policy that supports infants, toddlers, their families and the profession of early childhood education.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Infant Specialist Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Upon completion of this certificate, students exceed the minimum requirements to be a teacher of infants and toddlers in privately funded early childhood education programs (as required by Title 22 of the California Social Services Code of Regulations). Additionally, students qualify as an associate teacher of infants and toddlers in publicly funded early childhood education programs (as required by Title 5 California Code of Regulations).


Master Teacher Certificate

This certificate builds on the teacher level certificate with additional coursework on adult supervision, emphasizing the mentors role in the development of early childhood education professionals. It also includes six units of specialized study, allowing students to select a particular focus (i.e. the arts, health and safety, children's literature, culture and diversity, curriculum, and infant care). Upon completion of this certificate, the student is eligible to be a lead teacher in a private (Title 22) early care and education program, and, with documented work experience teaching children and supervising staff, is eligible to apply to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for a Master Teacher Child Development Permit to work as a lead teacher in a public (Title 5) early care and education program.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation and Documentation 3
ECE 331 Care and Education of Infants and Toddlers 3
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
ECE 424 Adult Supervision: Mentoring in a Collaborative Learning Setting 2
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
A minimum of 16 units from the following: 16
At least one course from each of the following four areas listed in the ARC graduation requirements: (1) Math/Science: Natural Science or a course satisfying the Mathematics Competency requirement; (2) English: Language & Rationality; (3) Humanities; and (4) Social Sciences: Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Subtotal Units: 47
Art with Children Specialization
Course Code Course Title Units
ART 430 Art and Children 3
ECE 361 Introducing Young Children to Visual Arts 3
Art with Children Specialization Units: 6
Total Units: 53
Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition Specialization
Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) 31
   or NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
NUTRI 300 Nutrition 3
Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition Specialization Units: 6
Total Units: 53
Children's Literature Specialization
Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 343 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood 3
ENGLT 370 Children and Literature 3
Children's Literature Specialization Units: 6
Total Units: 53
Culture and Diversity Specialization
Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 32
PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3) 3
   or HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
Culture and Diversity Specialization Units: 6
Total Units: 53
Curriculum Specialization
Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
ECE 342 Constructive Math and Science in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 343 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood (3)
ECE 361 Introducing Young Children to Visual Arts (3)
ECE 363 Music and Movement with Young Children (3)
Curriculum Specialization Units: 6
Total Units: 53
Drama with Children Specialization
Course Code Course Title Units
TA 400 Creative Drama for Children 3
TA 404 Techniques of Puppetry (3) 3
   or TA 406 Children's Theatre (3)
Drama with Children Specialization Units: 6
Total Units: 53
Infant Care Specialization
Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 330 Infant and Toddler Development 3
ECE 331 Care and Education of Infants and Toddlers 33
Infant Care Specialization Units: 6
Total Units: 53
Music with Children Specialization
Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 363 Music and Movement with Young Children 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
MUFHL 321 Basic Musicianship (3)
MUFHL 330 World Music (3)
MUIVI 200 Introduction to Music Education (0.5)
MUIVI 340 Beginning Piano (2)
MUIVI 341 Piano II (2)
Music with Children Specialization Units: 6
Total Units: 53
School-Age Care Specialization
Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 356 Programs for the School-Age Child 3
ECE 358 Activities for the School-Age Child 3
School-Age Care Specialization Units: 6
Total Units: 53
Special Needs Specialization
Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 404 Children with Special Needs 3
ECE 407 Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs (4) 4
Special Needs Specialization Units: 7
Total Units: 54

1If ECE 415/NUTRI 320 was taken for the Teacher Certificate, it may be used towards a Specialization for the Master Teacher level. The certificate will then be a total of 50 units.

2ECE 430 may be used for this specialization, even if it was used for the Teacher Level Certificate. The certificate will then be a total of 50 units.

3ECE 331 may be used for the Master Teacher specialization, even when used toward the Teacher Certificate. If ECE 331 is used, then this certificate totals 50 units.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • apply child development principles to lead a teaching team in the design and evaluation of environments that are anti-bias, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children, from infancy through adolescence.
  • design early childhood programs that build respectful, reciprocal, and culturally informed family relationships with the intention of engaging families in their children's development and learning.
  • select and utilize systematic child, program, and staff assessment tools to lead a teaching team in developing curriculum and teaching strategies.
  • demonstrate practices in maintaining health and safety standards and preventing infectious disease in group-care settings.
  • evaluate and implement curriculum and teaching plans, as evidenced through documentation, that support foundational skills and concepts in language, math, science, art, and social relationships.
  • apply principles and practices for teaching that pull from a selected concentration of early childhood studies.
  • create a continuing professional growth plan and advocate for public policy that supports children, families, and the profession of early childhood education.
  • examine the role and development of early childhood education professionals as mentors and leaders in creating and leading anti-bias early childhood education programs.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Master Teacher Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Upon completion of this certificate, the individual is eligible to be a lead teacher in a private (Title 22) early care and education program, and with documented work experience teaching children and supervising staff, is eligible to apply to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for a Master Teacher Child Development Permit to work as a lead teacher in a public (Title 5) early care and education program.


School Age Certificate

This certificate provides the educational coursework that serves as the core curriculum for the early childhood education field. Topics include an introduction to the profession, observation techniques, age-appropriate curriculum, and a supervised field/lab experience. Additionally, it covers specific school-age program requirements and activities.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 356 Programs for the School-Age Child 3
ECE 358 Activities for the School-Age Child 3
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
Total Units: 22

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • distinguish developmental levels and appropriate activities for children in grades K-8 using systematic observation.
  • create an appropriate and flexible environment for a variety of before- and after-school programs and full-day programs.
  • analyze and apply positive guidance strategies that teach school-age children self-discipline and effective and positive interactions among a diverse group of peers.
  • demonstrate respectful and positive interactions among a diverse population of children, families, staff and the community.
  • implement practices in maintaining health and safety standards and preventing infectious disease in group settings with children ages five through fourteen.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for School Age Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Upon completion of this certificate and with appropriate documented experience, the student exceeds the minimum requirements for employment as a teacher in privately funded before-and-after school child care programs. These requirements are outlined in Title 22 (Department of Social Services) regulations for child care licensing.


Site Supervisor Certificate

Administration of early care and education programs is the main focus of this certificate. Topics include administration, supervision and coordination of staff in early childhood settings. Additionally, it provides the educational coursework that serves as the core curriculum for the early childhood education field. Along with documented experience, this certificate leads to the Site Supervisor Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and is required of those individuals supervising a publicly funded early childhood education site.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation and Documentation 3
ECE 331 Care and Education of Infants and Toddlers 3
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
ECE 420 Administration I: Programs in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 422 Administration II: Personnel and Leadership in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 424 Adult Supervision: Mentoring in a Collaborative Learning Setting 2
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
A minimum of 23 units from the following: 23
A minimum of 16 units that fulfill the ARC General Education units must be completed in all four of the following areas: Language/Rationality; Humanities; Behavioral Social Science; and Math OR Science. The additional 7 units may also be courses that fulfill the General Education requirement OR any other ECE units.
Total Units: 60

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • formulate an educational philosophy to guide the operation of an early childhood program.
  • support culturally respectful interactions among children, parents, teachers and the community.
  • evaluate curriculum for sound pedagogy, content, and breadth, including planning for the learning environment, the daily routines, and the individual needs of children.
  • manage program planning, budgeting, governing boards, enrollment, and personnel in accordance with the regulations of Title 5 (California Education Code of Regulations) and Title 22 (California Social Services Code of Regulations).
  • create procedures for implementing standards of health, nutrition, and safety in group care early childhood education settings.
  • plan professional and personal growth and advocacy activities to support children, families and teachers.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Site Supervisor Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Upon completion of this certificate, the student exceeds the minimum requirements to work as a director/site supervisor in a privately funded early care and education program. With documented experience supervising staff, the student also meets the requirements to work as a director/site supervisor in a publicly funded early care and education program.


Special Needs Specialist Certificate

This certificate provides the educational coursework that serves as the core curriculum for the early childhood education field with a specific focus on working with children with special needs. Topics include an introduction to the profession, observation techniques, age-appropriate curriculum, and a supervised field/lab experience in a fully-inclusive classroom. Additionally, this specialization includes a course introducing the student to issues relating to speech and language development.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 404 Children with Special Needs 3
ECE 407 Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs 4
SLPA 300 Introduction to Communication Disorders 3
Total Units: 19

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate and apply knowledge of typical and atypical development to create early childhood classrooms that are respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.
  • design curriculum and programs for children with special needs that build respectful, reciprocal family relationships and support optimal development and learning both at home and in group care settings.
  • incorporate systematic assessment strategies using observation, documentation, and interpretation in order to guide decisions about support for children with special needs.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Special Needs Specialist Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Upon completion of this specialization certificate, students are eligible to be teachers in fully-inclusive, privately funded (Title 22) early care and education programs and/or associate teachers in fully-inclusive, publicly funded (Title 5) programs serving young children and their families.


Teacher Certificate

This certificate provides a foundation for in-depth early childhood teacher preparation both through general education and through introductory studies in child development and in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy. Additionally, it covers culture and diversity issues in early childhood and health and safety practices. Students must verify required teaching experience to be recommended to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for issuance of the Teacher Child Development Permit.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation and Documentation 3
ECE 331 Care and Education of Infants and Toddlers 3
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
A minimum of 16 units from the following: 16
At least one course from each of the following four areas listed in the ARC graduation requirements: (1) Math/Science: Natural Science or a course satisfying the Mathematics Competency requirement; (2) English: Language & Rationality; (3) Humanities; and (4) Social Sciences: Social & Behavioral Sciences.
Total Units: 45

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • confirm child development principles in creating environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children, from infancy through adolescence.
  • design early childhood programs that build respectful, reciprocal family relationships with the intention of involving families in their children’s development and learning.
  • utilize systematic child assessment strategies in order to guide decisions about curriculum and teaching strategies.
  • evaluate and implement curriculum and teaching plans, as evidenced through documentation, that support foundational skills and concepts in language, math, science, art, and social relationships.
  • demonstrate practices in maintaining health/safety standards and preventing infectious disease in group-care settings.
  • analyze principles of culturally relevant and anti-biased education in developing and analyzing early childhood curriculum and environments that respond to and respect diverse cultures and individual needs of children.
  • develop a continuing professional growth plan and advocate for public policy that supports children, families and the profession of early childhood education.

Gainful Employment

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Gainful Employment Information for Teacher Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Upon completion of this certificate and with appropriate documented experience, the student meets the requirement for employment as a teacher in publicly funded early care and education programs, serving infants through preschool-age children. The student also meets the requirements to work as a teacher in a privately funded early care and education program, as well as in a before-and-after school-age program.

Certificates

Assistant Teacher Certificate

This certificate provides entry-level coursework in preparation to be an assistant teacher in an early care and education program. Topics include an introduction to the field and child development theories and principles. Upon completion of this certificate, the student is eligible to apply for the Assistant Teacher Child Development Permit with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
Total Units: 6

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • describe and apply principles of physical, intellectual, social and emotional development that occur between birth and the end of adolescence.
  • support the teaching team in the planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor environments for young children.
  • compare and contrast common curriculur approaches and program types.
  • identify components of quality in early childhood education programs.
  • record objective and detailed observations of children's behavior.

Career Information

With an Assistant Teacher Certificate, students are eligible to work in private and public early care and education programs as assistant teachers. These programs include infant/toddler centers, preschools, and before-and-after school programs serving school-age children. Additionally, assistant teachers can operate their own family child care home.


Family Child Care Certificate

This certificate provides a foundation in early childhood education and includes courses specific to family child care providers. Additional topics include child development theories and principles, the child in the context of the family, and general health and safety practices.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 305 Introduction to Family Child Care 1
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
Total Units: 10

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • describe and implement developmentally appropriate activities for infant through school- age children.
  • demonstrate respectful and reciprocal interactions with children and their families.
  • construct home-style, appropriate environments for group care of young children.
  • evaluate components of a quality family child care program and apply California licensing regulations.
  • demonstrate practices in maintaining health/safety standards and preventing infectious disease in family child care settings.
  • create a parent contract for family child care.
  • assess needs of families and refer them to community resources.

Career Information

Upon completion of this certificate, the student is prepared to offer quality in-home child care to families in the community.