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Early Childhood Studies: Elementary Education

Award Type: Certificate of Achievement

Completion of Elementary Education would quality students up a Master Teacher-level permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This prepares the student to work in Title 5, Title XXII and federally funded programs.

The graduate of the Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Studies: Elementary Education will:

  • Understand and apply child development theories and principles.
  • Identify and implement observation, documentation and other assessment strategies.
  • Value and cultivate collaborative family and community relationships.
  • Identify, develop and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and teaching practices to positively guide children's behavior and learning.
  • Develop self-reflective habits and grow as members of the early childhood profession to understand the complexities of working with diverse groups of families, children, staff and the community.
  • Develop an environment that honors the diversity of the learning community - through empowerment, equity, respect and dignity.

Program Requirements

A major of 42 units is required for the certificate. Required core courses (39 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
ECS 100 Child Growth and Development 3.0
ECS 101 Child, Family and Community 3.0
ECS 104 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3.0
ECS 105 Observation and Assessment 3.0
ECS 106 Introduction to Early Childhood Curriculum 3.0
ECS 116 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3.0
ECS 117 Teaching the Hispanic Child 3.0
ECS 118 Practicum: Preschool 3.0
ECS 119 Practicum: Infant/Toddler 3.0
ECS 125 Curriculum for School-Age Children 3.0
ECS 130 Exploring Teaching 3.0
EDUC 130 Exploring Teaching 3.0
ECS 132 Child Identity and Learning 3.0
EDUC 132 Child Identity And Learning 3.0
ECS 133 Technology For Educators 3.0
EDUC 133 Technology For Educators 3.0

Plus a minimum of 3 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
ECS 102 Child Health, Safety & Nutrition 3.0
ECS 112 Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs 3.0
ECS 303 Introduction to Early Childhood 2.0
EMS 102 First Aid & Safety 3.0
ENGL 137 Children's Literature 3.0
FSN 109 Basic Nutrition for Health 3.0
FSN 110 Nutrition Science 3.0
MUS 110 Music Fundamentals 2.0