Early Childhood Education Teacher

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

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The Early Childhood Education Teacher A.A. Degree provides preparation for employment as a teacher in early care and education settings. Upon completion of the degree students will be eligible for the Teacher Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The coursework in this program focuses on typical and atypical development, the culture and ecology of children and its relationship to learning, curriculum development, assessment, and program planning and implementation.

Career Opportunities

Students with the Early Childhood Education Teacher A.A. Degree are eligible for employment as teachers in early care and education pro- grams. With the addition of an Infant Certificate or a School Age Certifi- cate, they are also able to work with those specific age groups in care and education settings. Additional administration units are required to manage a program. Students are advised to meet with the Early Child- hood Education Coordinator during the development of their education plans to learn about the requirements of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Child Development Permit Process.

Enrollment Eligibility

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 early care and education settings.
  • supervise assistants and aides as well work with parents and volunteers in early care and education settings.
  • create a developmentally appropriate learning environment for children in early 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 with those with atypical development.
  • demonstrate knowledge of best practices in guidance, curriculum selection, and health and safety for early care and education settings.
  • recognize the importance of early 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 early care and education setting.
  • recognize, respect, and integrate the individualized needs of diverse children and families, including children with special needs, into their early care and education setting.

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

The Early Childhood Education Teacher 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 SCC graduation requirements.