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Child Development Certificates

The early childhood certificates offer students fundamental knowledge about the young child from conception through the early elementary years, providing developmentally appropriate learning opportunities to meet the social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and education needs of the child. The early childhood certificates emphasize infant/ toddler, preschool, and school-age courses necessary for employment in state-licensed Title 22, publicly funded Title 5 programs and religious affiliated programs. These certificates are also recommended courses for those who work as licensed family child care providers, nannies, or recreation child care workers (cruise, exercise, or retail child care establishments).


The Infant/Toddler and Preschool certificates prepare students for extended study in infant/toddler development or early learning to obtain an associate or a baccalaureate degree in child development or employment as an infant-toddler or preschool program director, teacher, or other specialist working with young children and families. The school age certificate of proficiency prepares students who are seeking to work with elementary age children in an afterschool, camp, cruise, or family day care setting. All three certificates lead to child development permits and require that students show negative TB test results.

 

Certificate of Proficiency
Infant/Toddler

The Certificate of Proficiency in Infant/Toddler meets the minimum requirements for beginning early learning professionals employed or seeking employment as teachers and/or aides in privately owned and church affiliated (Title 22) or publically funded (Title 5) programs serving infants and toddlers. This certificate is also recommended for licensed Family Day Care Providers or Nannies..

Child Development 107, Child Growth and Development (DS1)
Child Development 108, Observation & Assessment for Early Learning and Development (DS3)
Child Development 110, Child, Family and Community (DS2)
Child Development 116A, Infant/Toddler Growth and Development (DS4)
Child Development 116B, Care and Education for Infants and Toddlers (DS3)

TOTAL   15 units

 

Certificate of Proficiency
Preschool

The Certificate of Proficiency in Preschool meets the minimum requirements for beginning early learning professionals employed or seeking employment as teachers and/or aides in privately owned and church affiliated (Title 22) or publically funded (Title 5) programs serving preschoolers 2-5. This certificate is also recommended for licensed family day care providers or nannies.

Child Development 107, Child Growth and Development (DS1) 
Child Development 108, Observation & Assessment for Early Learning and Development (DS3)
Child Development 110, Child, Family and Community (DS2)
Child Development 111A, Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children
Child Development 111B, Introduction to Curriculum for Young Children

TOTAL   15 units

 

Certificate of Proficiency
The School-Age Child

The Certificate of Proficiency in the School-Age Child is intended to prepare a student for an entry or reentry level position requiring practical skills and knowledge to work with school-age children (PreK- Grade 3) in Title 22 or Title 5 after-school care programs. Completion of this certificate leads to a School-Age Children’s Center Permit.

Child Development 110, Child, Family and Community (DS2)

Child Development 112, Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Children
Child Development 120A, Development of the School-Age Child (DS5)
Child Development 120B, School-Age Child Care and Recreation Activities (DS5)   
Child Development 221, Living and Teaching in a Diverse Society         

TOTAL   15 units