Infant Care and Education Teacher

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

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Certificate of Achievement
Program Information
This program provides preparation for employment in early care and education settings. The program meets the course requirements for staff at the teacher level working with infants in private early care and education settings licensed by the California State Department of Social Services.

Career Opportunities
Students with the Infant Care and Education Teacher Certificate are eligible for employment as teachers with infants in private early 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.

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 with a special emphasis on working with children from birth to three years of age.
  • supervise assistants and aides in private 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 to 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 (emphasis on infancy) 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 care.
  • distinguish the unique needs of children less than three years of age from those older in areas of health, safety, environmental design, curriculum design, and social and emotional development.
  • show appreciation and support for parents of diverse cultures in the parent/child relationship and for the parent’s knowledge of child development and care.

Certificate of Achievement
The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of all courses in the required program with grades of “C” or better in all courses or equivalent.