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Early Childhood Studies: Preschool/Infant Toddler Program Director

Award Type: Certificate of Achievement

Completion of Preschool/Infant Toddler Program would quality students up a Site Supervisor-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: Preschool/Infant Toddler Program Director 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 38 units is required for the certificate. Required core courses (35 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
ECS 100 Child Growth and Development 3.0
ECS 101 Child, Family and Community 3.0
ECS 102 Child Health, Safety & Nutrition 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 111 Administration I: Programs in Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECS 115 Care and Education for Infants and Toddlers 3.0
ECS 118 Practicum: Preschool 3.0
ECS 119 Practicum: Infant/Toddler 3.0
ECS 120 Adult Supervision and Mentoring In Early Childhood Education 2.0
ECS 320 Administration: Staff Leadership 1.0
ECS 321 Administration: Professional Ethics 1.0
ECS 322 Administration: Parents as Partners 1.0

Plus a minimum of 3 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
ACCT 317 Bookkeeping 1 3.0
BUS 106 Small Business Management 3.0
BUS 107 Human Relations in Business 3.0
ECS 112 Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs 3.0
ECS 113 Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs 3.0
ECS 114 Parent/Child Relationships 3.0
ECS 117 Teaching the Hispanic Child 3.0
ECS 122 Positive Child Guidance 3.0
ECS 125 Curriculum for School-Age Children 3.0
ECS 303 Introduction to Early Childhood 2.0
FSN 109 Basic Nutrition for Health 3.0
FSN 110 Nutrition Science 3.0