——— Summer 2023
The first 5 years of a child’s life are fundamental in shaping their overall development. Apply to the Early Childhood Education Program and help early learners lay the foundation for lifelong learning and well-being.
Approx 12 months (4 quarters)
8 Courses (36 quarter units/24 semester units)
——— Jerry Whittle
The Early Childhood Education Certificate will equip you with 24 units of foundational knowledge and skills needed to support an inclusive environment for diverse young learners.
Building from the ground up, you will acquire best practices relating to the CDE Foundations of Preschool Learning and how to incorporate age and developmentally appropriate curriculum.
By providing children with a solid springboard, you will help ensure that they develop the social, emotional, creative and cognitive tools they need to become successful in school and life.
The biological, physical, social-emotional and cognitive development of children
Developmentally Appropriate Practices that address cultural and developmental differences
Methods for engaging and partnering with families and community to foster a collaborative relationship between home and school
Language and literacy development and strategies for working with English learners
Importance of play-based learning environments
Positive behavior support
Child observation and assessment
Reflective teaching practices within a co-teaching model
We know that every educator is unique. That’s why we’ve designed our Early Childhood Education Certificate to meet your needs. Whether you're a new teacher or looking to update your skills, our Early Childhood Education Certificate will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to support young learners.
Individuals preparing for a teaching role in an early childhood education setting
Teachers with a Multiple Subjects’ teaching credential who need to meet California Transitional Kindergarten (TK) requirements
For Care Providers
Care providers seeking an in-depth understanding of their child’s development and how to best encourage growth through the various stages of early childhood
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