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Degrees & Certificates

The following Early Childhood Education degrees and certificates are offered:

A.A. DEGREES

This program provides a foundation for in-depth early childhood teacher preparation both through strong general education and through introductory studies in child development and in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy. Topics include an introduction to the profession, observation techniques, age-appropriate curriculum, the child in the context of family and culture, and health and safety practices for early childhood educators.

 

DEGREE
A.A. — Early Childhood Education

Required Program (Units)

ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 312 Child Development (3) (3) or
  PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation & Documentation (3)
ECE 330 Infant Development (3)
ECE 342 Constructive Math and Science in Early Childhood Education (3) (3)
ECE 343 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood (3)
ECE 361 Introducing Young Children to Visual Arts (3) (3) or
  ECE 363 Music and Movement with Young Children (3)
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) (3) or
  NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 38

Suggested Electives for Fulfilling GE or 60-Unit Degree Requirement
ANTH 310, ART 430, BIOL 307, BUS 310, COMM 301, COMM 325, COMM 361, ECE 350, ECE 498, ECON 302, ENGED 320, ENGLT 370, ENGWR 101, ENGWR 300, ENGWR 302, GEOG 306, GEOL 305, HIST 307, HIST 308, HIST 312, MATH 120, MATH 310, MUFHL 330, MUIVI 370, MUIVI 371, MUSM 370, NUTRI 300, POLS 301, PSYC 368, SILA 305, SILA 306, SOC 321, SPAN 401, SPAN 402, SPAN 411, SPAN 412.

This 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.

Program Studnet Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Apply knowledge and understanding of how children grow, develop and learn across the physical, psychosocial, cognitive, language and aesthetic domains by creating and maintaining healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments.
- Build family and community relationships by identifying family and community characteristics; the practice of supporting and empowering families and communities through respectful and reciprocal relationships; and skillfully involving families and communities in children's development and learning.
- Synthesize and apply multiple methods of documentation by designing, developing and implementing ethical practices and procedures that provide evidence of developmental measures and outcomes.
- Design and implement developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum, environments, and guidance techniques.
- Demonstrate professionalism in the field of Early Childhood Education by actively working as a voice for children's rights; researching and provisioning resources on behalf of children, families and communities; practicing ethical standards with children, families and communities; practicing professional work ethics; and participating in professional growth activities.
- Design, develop, and operate programs for children that adhere to Title 22 regulations mandated by the California Department of Human Services, Community Care Licensing Division, in order to ensure children's health and safety.
- Create and maintain policies that are developmentally and culturally appropriate; promote respectfully inclusive attitudes and environments; and value multiple perspectives.
- Apply acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities toward successful completion of coursework at transfer institutions.
- Seek employment as a teacher in a private or public early childhood educational setting.


DEGREE
A.A. — Early Childhood Education, Site Supervisor

Required Program (Units)

ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 312 Child Development (3) (3) or
  PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation & Documentation (3)
ECE 330 Infant Development (3)
ECE 342 Constructive Math and Science in Early Childhood Education (3) (3) or
  ECE 343 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood (3)
ECE 361 Introducing Young Children to Visual Arts (3) (3)
or ECE 363 Music and Movement with Young Children (3)
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) (3) or
  NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
ECE 420 Administration of Child Development Centers (3)
ECE 422 Advanced Coordination and Supervision of Child Development Programs (3)
ECE 424 Adult Supervision: Mentoring in a Collaborative Learning Setting (2)
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 43

Suggested Electives for Fulfilling G.E. or 60-Unit Degree Requirement
ANTH 310, ART 430, BIOL 307, BUS 310, COMM 301, COMM 325, COMM 361, ECE 350, ECE 356, ECE 361, ECON 302, ENGED 320, ENGLT 370, ENGWR 101, ENGWR 300, ENGWR 302, GEOG 306, GEOL 305, HIST 307, HIST 308, MATH 120, MATH 310, MUFHL 330, MUIVI 370, MUSM 370, NUTRI 300, PSYC 368, SILA 305, SOC 321, SPAN 401

This 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.

To be eligible for the Child Development Permit (Site Supervisor), complete AA degree in ECE. Students must also complete experience requirements for the particular permit for which you are applying. See ECE Department for further information.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how children grow, develop and learn across the physical, psychosocial, cognitive, language and aesthetic domains by creating and maintaining healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of building family and community relationships by identifying family and community characteristics; the practice of supporting and empowering families and communities through respectful and reciprocal relationships; and skillfully involving families and communities in children's development and learning.
- Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and apply multiple methods of documentation by designing, developing and implementing ethical practices and procedures that provide evidence of developmental measures and outcomes.
- Demonstrate competence in effective teaching practices by designing and implementing developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum, environments, and guidance techniques.
- Demonstrate professionalism in the field of Early Childhood Education by actively working as a voice for children's rights; researching and provisioning resources on behalf of children, families and communities; practicing ethical standards with children, families and communities; practicing professional work ethics; and participating in professional growth activities.
- Demonstrate knowledge and application of developmentally appropriate health and safety policies and practices by designing, developing and operating programs for children that adhere to Title 22 regulations mandated by the California Department of Human Services, Community Care Licensing Division, in order to ensure children's health and safety.
- Demonstrate cultural competency by designing, developing and operating programs according to policies that are developmentally and culturally appropriate; promote respectfully inclusive attitudes and environments; and value multiple perspectives.
- Demonstrate effective program and leadership development by designing, developing, and managing high-quality early childhood programs based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children's ethical code of conduct, guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice, and accreditation standards; Harms, Clifford, and Cryer's environmental rating scales; Title 22 regulations mandated by the California - - Department of Human Services, Community Care Licensing Division to ensure children's health and safety; and Title 5 legal and regulatory requirements contained in the California Education Code, California Code of Regulations for child development contractors, families, and community members regarding child development programs funded by the state.
- Apply acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities toward successful completion of coursework at transfer institutions.
- Seek employment as a site supervisor in a private or public early childhood educational setting.

DEGREE
AS-T — Early Childhood Education for Transfer

REQUIRED PROGRAM (Units)
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development (3)or  
PSYC 372 Child Development (3) 3
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through 
Observation and Documentation 3
ECE 415 Children’s Health, Safety and 
Nutrition (3) or NUTRI 320 Children’s Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) 3
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 26

Students are required to:
- Complete a minimum of 19 semester units in the major with a grade of C or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework.
- Complete 60 semester CSU-transferable units using the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU-GE Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. 
- No more than 60 semester units are required.
- A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Synthesize child development research with principles and practices in Early Childhood Education in order to create early learning environments that are respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children from infancy through adolescence.
- Design inclusive, culturally and linguistically appropriate environments, based on child development theories and practices, as well as child observations, shared family information, and culturally diverse child rearing practices.
- Incorporate strategies for building respectful, reciprocal family and community relationships to support families and their children’s development and learning.
- Assess children’s learning through observation, documentation, and interpretation using the outcomes to guide curriculum and teaching strategies.
- Recommend developmentally and culturally relevant approaches to teaching and learning that include respectful, supportive relationships with children and families as well as concepts in math, language, art, science and social relationships.
- Demonstrate practices that maintain standards of health, nutrition and safety in early childhood settings.
- Incorporate ethical standards of behavior accepted by the profession of early childhood education.

Certificates Leading to Child Development Permits

FLC offers a sequence of certificates that guide students in working their way up the California Development Permit matrix. Students who complete the following certificates will, upon verification of required experience, be recommended to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for issuance of Child Development Permits.


CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION
Early Childhood Education, Assistant Teacher

Required Program (Units)
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education (3) or
  ECE 314 The Child, The Family, and The Community (3)
ECE 312 Child Development or
  PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 6

Students must take ECE 312 or PSYC 372 AND ECE 300 or ECE 314. Upon successful completion of the Assistant Teacher Certificate, a student demonstrates knowledge, preparation and competencies for an entry-level position in an early learning program. Additionally, the student is eligible to apply for the Assistant Teacher Child Development Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of ECE 300 and ECE 312, the student will be able to:
- Discriminate among philosophies of early childhood education in regards to assumptions about how young children learn and how early childhood teachers should teach.
- Define and identify the role of observation, documentation, and interpretation of children's play as a tool for planning curriculum for young children and assessing their learning.
- Analyze the developmental stages and growth processes across the domains of development from the prenatal period through adolescence.
- Describe how theories, principles and foundations of child development inform and guide practical application.
- Apply acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities of certificate coursework toward successful completion of an Early Childhood Education Associate Teacher Certificate.
- Apply for an assistant teacher position in an early childhood educational setting.

Upon completion of ECE 312 and ECE 314, the student will be able to:
- Analyze the developmental stages and growth processes across the domains of development from the prenatal period through adolescence.
- Describe how theories, principles and foundations of child development inform and guide practical application.
- Recognize the influence of diverse socio-cultural factors on child development, child rearing, caring, and education.
- Identify components that are essential to the healthy socialization of children with their families and the community and community resources available to support families.
- Apply for an assistant teacher position in an early childhood educational setting.



CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION
Early Childhood Education, Associate Teacher

Required Program (Units)
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 312 Child Development (3) (3) or
  PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education (4)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 13

Upon successful completion of an Associate Teacher Certificate, and with documented experience, the student demonstrates knowledge, preparation, and competencies to be a teacher in a privately funded early learning program and as a teacher assistant in a publicly funded early learning program. Additionally, the certificate meets mandated licensing requirements for Title 22 of the Health and Safety Code of the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division and leads to the Associate Teacher Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Plan and implement developmentally and culturally appropriate indoor and outdoor environments for young children that support play, exploration, problem solving and learning.
- Design, implement, and evaluate developmentally and culturally appropriate learning activities for young children.
- Create an intellectually engaging, responsive environment to promote each child's learning and development.
- Make plans to enable children to attain key curriculum goals across various disciplines, such as language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, art, music, physical education, and health.
- Support children's collaboration with interesting, important enterprises.
- Develop, refine and use a wide repertoire of teaching strategies to enhance children's learning and development.
- Support the development of responsibility and self-regulation in children.
- Distinguish and apply positive guidance and problem solving strategies that teach children self-discipline and appropriate social skills within a diverse group of peers.
- Apply acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities of certificate coursework toward successful completion of an ECE Teacher Certificate.
- Seek employment as an associate teacher in a private early childhood educational setting.



CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION
Early Childhood Education, Family Child Care

Required Program (Units)

ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 304 Family to Family: Introduction to Family Child Care (1)
ECE 312 Child Development (3) (3) or
  PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) (3) or
  NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 13

Upon successful completion of the Family Child Care Certificate, a student demonstrates knowledge, preparation, and competencies to be a family childcare provider.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Evaluate components and benefits of a high-quality family childcare program.
- Describe and implement developmentally appropriate activities for infants through school age children.
- Apply health and safety practices for infants through school age children in a home setting.
- Demonstrate respectful interactions with children and their families.
- Describe the family child care licensing application process and licensing regulation highlights.
- Identify needs of families and refer to community resources.
- Apply acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities of certificate course work toward being a family childcare provider.
- Apply acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities of certificate course work toward successful completion of an Early Childhood Education Associate Teacher Certificate.



CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Gainful Employment Info and Opportunities

Early Childhood Education, Infant Specialist 
Required Program (Units)
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 312 Child Development (3) (3) or
  PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 330 Infant Development (3)
ECE 331 Education and Care of Infants in Group Settings (3)
ECE 334 Laboratory with Infants and Toddlers (1) (1)
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) (3) or
  NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 23

Upon successful completion of an Infant Specialist Certificate, and with appropriate documented experience, a student demonstrates knowledge, preparation and competencies to be an infant and toddler teacher in an early learning program. Certificate completion exceeds minimum requirements for a teacher of infants and toddlers in privately funded early childhood education programs (as required by Title 22 of the California Social Services Code of Regulations) and as an associate teacher of infants and toddlers in publicly funded early learning programs (as required by Title 5 California Education Code of Regulations). A student who completes this certificate also possesses the course work required for the Child Development Associate Teacher Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Evaluate and apply knowledge of infant development and the multiple influences on early development and learning to create infant and family programs that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for children from the prenatal period through the first three years after birth.
- Design infant and toddler programs that build respectful, reciprocal family relationships that support optimal infant and toddler development and learning both at home and in group care settings.
Incorporate systematic assessment strategies using observation, documentation, and interpretation in order to guide decisions about support for infant and toddler development and curriculum.
- Design, implement, and evaluate developmentally effective curriculum and teaching plans that tie knowledge of academic content to meaningful and challenging learning environments for infants and toddlers in a collaborative effort with colleagues.
- Develop continuing professional growth plan and advocate public policy that supports infants, toddlers, their families and the profession of early childhood education.
- Apply acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities of certificate coursework toward successful completion of an A.A. degree in Early Childhood Education.
- Seek employment as an infant or toddler teacher in a private or public early childhood educational setting.



CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Gainful Employment Info and Opportunities

Early Childhood Education, School Age Specialist
Required Program (Units)

ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 312 Child Development (3) (3) or
  PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 356 Programs for the School-Age Child (3) (3)
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) (3) or
  NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
ART 430 Art and Children (3) (2-3) or
  ECE 364 Fundamentals of Movement and Rhythm in Early Childhood Education (2) or
  ENGLT 370 Children and Literature (3) or
  MUSM 370 Music for Children (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 28-29

Upon successful completion of the School-Age Specialist Certificate, and with appropriate documented experience, a student demonstrates knowledge, preparation and competencies to be a teacher of school-age children in a before and after school child care program. The certificate exceeds the minimum requirements for employment as a teacher in privately funded before and after school child learning programs as outlined in Title 22 Department of Social Services regulations for childcare licensing.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Design before- and after-school classroom communities that build healthy, respectful, and reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, with the intention to involve all families in their school age children's development and learning.
- Utilize systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way in order to guide decisions about curriculum and teaching strategies as well as to support school age children's development and learning.
- Examine, understand, and use positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for work with school age children.
- Examine, understand, and use a wide array of effective approaches, strategies, and tools to support school age children's development and learning.
- Understand the importance of each content area in school age children's learning and know the essential concepts, inquiry tools, and structure of content areas including academic subjects and identify resources to deepen understanding.
- Design, implement and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for school age children.
- Examine and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related of early childhood practice.
- Develop continuing professional growth plan and advocate for public policy that supports children, families and the profession of early childhood education.
- Apply acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities of certificate coursework toward successful completion of an A.A. degree in Early Childhood Education.
- Seek employment as a school-age teacher in a private or public early childhood educational setting.



CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Gainful Employment Info and Opportunities

Early Childhood Education, Master Teacher
Required Program (Units)
Core Courses:
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 312 Child Development (3) or
 PSYC 372 Child Development (3) (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation & Documentation (3)
ECE 330 Infant Development (3)
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) or
  NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) (3)
ECE 424 Adult Supervision: Mentoring in a Collaborative Learning Setting (2)
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education (3)
TOTAL CORE UNITS REQUIRED 31
GENERAL EDUCATION UNITS 16
To be eligible for the Child Development Permit (Teacher), students must complete 16 units in General Education categories which meet graduation requirements and with at least one course in each of the following areas: English, Humanities, Social Science, Math/Science. Please refer to the General Education Requirements for a list of acceptable courses. Students must also complete experience requirements for the particular permit for which they are applying.
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 47

MASTER TEACHER SPECIALIZATION OPTIONS
(see specialization list below) 6
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 53

Master Teacher Specialization Options
Select one (1) six-unit option below. Note: Courses may not double count for core and specialization.

Art with Children 6 units
ECE 361 Introducing Young Children to Visual Arts (3)
And a minimum of three (3) units from the following:
ART 320 Design Fundamentals (3)
ART 430 Art and Children (3)
ARTH 300 Introduction to Art (3)

Bilingual/Bicultural Development 6 units
ECE 4301 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education (3)
And a minimum of three (3) units from the following:
ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology (3)
BUS 330 Managing Diversity in the Workplace (3)
COMM 325 Intercultural Communication (3)
NUTRI 310 Cultural Foods of the World (3)
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the U.S. (3)
And one of the following Foreign Language courses:
French, Spanish or American Sign Language (3)
Or one of the following Foreign Language courses:
French, Spanish or American Sign Language (3)
1ECE 430 may be used for this specialization, even if it was used for the Teacher Certificate. The certificate will then be a total of 50 units.Children with Exceptional Needs 6 units
ECE 404

Children with Special Needs 6 units 
ECE 404 Children with Special Needs (3)
And a minimum of three (3) units from the following:
ECE 400 Children with Exceptional Needs (3) or
  SILA 305 American Sign Language 1 (4) or
  SILA 306 American Sign Language 2 (4)

Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition 6 units
NUTRI 300 Nutrition (3)
And a minimum of three (3) units from the following:2
ECE 4152 Children's Health, Safety & Nutrition (3) or
  NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety & Nutrition (3)
2ECE 415/NUTRI 320 may be used for this specialization, even if it was used for the Teacher Certificate. The certificate will then be a total of 50 units.

Infant and Toddler Care 6 units
ECE 331 Education and Care of Infants in Group Settings (3)
And a minimum of three (3) units from the following:
ECE 3303 Infant Development (3) or
ECE 334 Laboratory with Infants and Toddlers (1)
3ECE 330 may be used for this specialization, even if it was used for the Teacher Certificate. The certificate will then be a total of 50 units. ECE 334 may be repeated three times for a total of 3 units.

Music with Children 6 units
ECE 363 Music and Movement with Young Children (3)
And a minimum of three (3) units from the following:
MUFHL 330 World Music (3) or
MUIVI 370 Beginning Guitar (2)
MUSM 370 Music for Children (3)

The Master Teacher Certificate meets the requirements for teaching in a publicly funded early care and education program. Upon successful completion of the Master Teacher Certificate, students will demonstrate knowledge, preparation and competencies to be a lead or supervising teacher in early learning programs, mentor teacher for practicum students, or coordinator of curriculum and staff development. The Master Teacher Certificate requires an additional 6 units of specialized study beyond the teacher level certificate, allowing students to select a focus of study which may include: Art with Children, Bilingual/Bicultural Development, Children with Exceptional Needs, Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition, Infant and Toddler Care and Music with Children. Applicants must verify required experience teaching children and supervising staff to be recommended to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for issuance of the Master Teacher Child Development Permit.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Identify and apply an understanding of licensing and child care regulations.
- Incorporate professional issues and utilize professional codes of ethics in educational practice.
- Develop an ability to advocate on behalf of children and families.
- Evaluate an environment that meets the needs of children, families and staff.
- Supervise both staff and classrooms and directly interact with children and families in a warm and positive manner.
- Choose and provide inclusive, developmentally and culturally appropriate practices and activities.
- Integrate methods of conflict management and problem solving strategies with children.
- Integrate health, safety, and nutrition practices in an early care and education program.
- Apply acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities of certificate coursework toward successful completion of an Early Childhood Education Site Supervisor Certificate.
- Apply area of specialization as a master teacher in a private or public early childhood educational setting.



CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Gainful Employment Info and Opportunities

Early Childhood Education, Site Supervisor
Required Program (Units)
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 312 Child Development (3) (3) or
  PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation & Documentation (3)
ECE 330 Infant Development (3)
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) (3) or
  NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
ECE 420 Administration of Child Development Centers (3)
ECE 422 Advanced Coordination and Supervision of Child Development Programs (3)
ECE 424 Adult Supervision: Mentoring in a Collaborative Learning Setting (2)
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 37

Upon successful completion of the Site Supervisor Certificate, and with appropriate documented experience, a student demonstrates knowledge, preparation and competencies to supervise single site early learning programs and to serve as coordinator of curriculum and staff development. Certificate exceeds the minimum educational requirements for employment as a director/manager of a privately funded early learning program as outlined in Title 22 Department of Social Services regulations for childcare licensing.

Program Student LearnignOutcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Incorporate a personal philosophy of working with children, families and staff in an early learning environment.
- Appraise and implement quality care for young children in early learning environments.
- Describe the role, job dimension, and responsibilities of the early childhood site supervisor and program director.
- Reference and implement licensing requirements for privately funded child development programs.
- Apply basic principles of child and program development, adult supervision and management, family and community partnerships, human resources and development, and business/fiscal management.
- Manage respectful interactions between supervisors, teachers, children and parents.
- Interpret and apply a professional code of ethics.
- Create appropriate professional growth and advocacy activities for center teachers.
- Apply acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities of certificate coursework toward successful completion of an A. A. degree in Early Childhood Education.
- Seek employment as a site supervisor in a private or public early childhood educational setting.



CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Gainful Employment Info and Opportunities

Early Childhood Education Teacher
Required Program (Units)
Core Courses:
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 312 Child Development (3) (3) or
  PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation and Documentation (3)
ECE 330 Infant Development (3)
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) (3) or
  NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education (3)
TOTAL CORE UNITS REQUIRED 29
GENERAL EDUCATION UNITS 16
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 45

To be eligible for the Child Development Permit (Teacher), students must complete 16 units in general education categories which meet graduation requirements and with at least one course in each of the following areas: English, Humanities, Social Science, Math/Science. Please refer to the General Education Requirements for a list of acceptable courses. Students must also complete experience requirements for the particular permit for which they are applying.

Upon successful completion of the Teacher Certificate, a student demonstrates knowledge, preparation and competencies for teaching in a publicly funded early learning program. Applicants must verify required experience teaching children to be recommended to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for issuance of the Teacher Child Development Permit. Additionally, this certificate exceeds the requirements for teaching in a privately funded early learning program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Design early childhood classroom communities that build healthy, respectful, and reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, with the intention to involve all families in their children's development and learning.
- Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way in order to guide decisions about curriculum and teaching strategies as well as to support children's development and learning.
- Observe and evaluate positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for work with young children.
- Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate a wide array of effective approaches, strategies, and tools to support young children's development and learning.
- Analyze, synthesize and evaluate young children's learning in content areas and access resources to deepen children's understanding.
- Design, implement and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for all young children.
- Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate ethical guidelines and other professional standards related of early childhood practice.
- Develop continuing professional growth plan and advocate for public policy that supports children, families and the profession of early childhood education.
- Apply acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities of certificate coursework toward successful completion of an Early Childhood Education Master Teacher Certificate.
- Seek employment as a teacher in a private or public early childhood educational setting.

Updated 6/11/14

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    Spotlight Night

    FLC presents a career exploration fair on Wed., Sept. 10 from 6-8pm
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  • Live Debate

    Live Debate

    Congressional candidates Bera, Ose agree to debate on Oct. 8
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  • Auditions for Fall Play

    Auditions for Fall Play

    Falcon’s Eye Theatre auditions for its fall production of "Anon(ymous)" Mon., Sept. 15
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