Early Childhood Education Program Contacts
- Program Coordinator: Laurie Perry
- Counseling Liaison: Jonathan Harvey
Early Childhood Education Program Links
This program provides preparation for employment in school-age care and education settings. The program meets the course requirements for staff at the teacher level in private school-age care and education settings licensed by the California State Department of Social Services. In addition Early Childhood Education offers a Teacher Preparation Program that is articulated with California State University, Sacramento.
Students with the School-Age Teacher Certificate are eligible for employment as teachers in private school-age care and education programs. Students are advised to meet with the Early Childhood Education Coordinator during the development of their education plan to learn about the requirements of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Child Development Permit Process. The School-Age Certificate offers opportunities that would be excellent preparation for transfer into a K-12 teacher preparation program or a career in recreation programs for children.
To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:
- ability to pass the Criminal Record Clearance or receive an exemption proving eligibility to work with children
- test negative for tuberculosis
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- provide service in the care, development, and education of children in school-age care and education settings.
- supervise assistants and aides in private school-age care and education settings.
- create a developmentally appropriate learning environment for children in school-age care and education settings.
- assess the development of children for the purposes of curriculum planning and implementation; compare and contrast the development of typical children to those with atypical development.
- demonstrate knowledge of best practices in guidance, curriculum selection, and health and safety for school-age care and education settings.
- recognize the importance of childhood as a unique time in children’s development that requires specialized developmentally appropriate activities, routines, interactions and guidance.
- distinguish developmentally appropriate practices from other types of teaching strategies.
- cite and define the developmental learning outcomes of activities offered to children in their school-age care and education setting.
- recognize and respect the diversity of the cultures of children and families in early care and education programs.
- integrate the activities of before or after-school programs with the activities and academic work of the children’s school day.
Certificate of Achievement (COA)
The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better or equivalent.