Early Childhood Education

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.S.-T. in Early Childhood Education for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer Degree program provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements for transfer to the California State University. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. Students should work closely with their Folsom Lake College counselor to ensure that they are taking the appropriate coursework to prepare for majoring in Early Childhood Education at the institution they wish to transfer to because major and general education requirements may vary for each CSU and the degree may only transfer to specific institutions.

This program provides a foundation in core theoretical constructs and principles and practices in the field of Early Childhood Education. Students graduating with the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education A.S. for Transfer Degree will have opportunities for advanced study as Preschool and Elementary Education Teachers, Child Development Specialists, Program Directors, Child Life Specialists, Master Teachers, and Site Supervisors. Students seeking careers requiring Master's Degrees in areas such as Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Child Psychology and Special Education would benefit from the foundation of study provided by this program. Completion of this program also provides students the benefit of meeting the requirements to work as associate teachers in early care and education programs.

This program has the following completion requirements:

(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.

(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title 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 and Documentation 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: 26

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer for Transfer (AS-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

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.

Career Information

Students graduating with the Early Childhood Education A.S for Transfer Degree will have opportunities for advanced study as Preschool and Elementary Education Teachers, Child Development Specialists, Program Directors, Child Life Specialists, Master Teachers, and Site Supervisors. Students seeking careers requiring Master's Degrees in areas such as Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Child Psychology and Special Education would benefit from the foundation of study provided in the Early Childhood Education A.S. for Transfer Degree.

Associate Degrees

A.A. in ECE-Site Supervisor

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, child in the context of family and culture, and health and safety practices for early childhood educators.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title 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 and Documentation 3
ECE 330 Infant and Toddler 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 I: Programs in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 422 Administration II: Personnel and Leadership in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 424 Adult Supervision: Mentoring in a Collaborative Learning Setting 2
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
Total Units: 43

The ECE-Site Supervisor 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 FLC graduation requirements.

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.
  • analyze and maintain program planning, budgeting, governing boards, enrollment, and personnel in accordance with the regulations of Title 5 (California Education Code of Regulations) and Title 22 (California Social Services Code of Regulations).
  • 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.

Career Information

Upon successful completion of the A.A. Site Supervisor, 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. Degree 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.


A.A. in Early Childhood Education

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.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title 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 and Documentation 3
ECE 330 Infant and Toddler 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: 38

The Early Childhood Education 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 FLC graduation requirements.

Student 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.

Career Information

Upon completion of the A.A. degree, a student possesses the course work required to work as a teacher in both private and public early learning settings, serving infants through preschool-age children. Additionally, the individual can work as a teacher in before-and-after school programs, serving school-age children.


A.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Interdisciplinary Studies degree is designed for students who wish a broad knowledge of arts and sciences plus additional coursework in a prescribed “Area of Emphasis”. This program is a good choice for students planning on transferring to the California State University or University of California. The student will be able to satisfy general education requirements, plus focus on transferable coursework that relates to a specific major and/or individual interest. This degree will have an "Area of Emphasis" in Social and Behavioral Sciences. These courses emphasize the perspectives, concepts, theories, and methodologies of the disciplines typically found in the vast variety of disciplines that comprise study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students will study about themselves and others as members of a larger society. Topics and discussions to stimulate critical thinking about ways people have acted in response to their societies will allow students to evaluate how societies and social subgroups operate. (Possible majors at a four-year institution include, but are not limited to: history, sociology, social studies, psychology, and family consumer science.)

It is highly recommended that students consult a counselor to determine the classes within each area that will best prepare them for their intended transfer major.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 18 units from the following: 18
Select courses from at least 3 different disciplines.
ADMJ 300 Introduction to Administration of Justice (3)
ADMJ 302 Community Relations: Multicultural Issues (3)
ADMJ 320 Concepts of Criminal Law (3)
ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology (3)
ANTH 319 Visual Anthropology: Introduction to Ethnographic Film (3)
ANTH 320 Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory (3)
ANTH 330 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion (3)
BUS 320 Concepts in Personal Finance (3)
BUS 330 Managing Diversity in the Workplace (3)
BUS 345 Law and Society (3)
COMM 325 Intercultural Communication (3)
COMM 341 Organizational Communication (3)
COMM 351 Mass Media and Society (3)
COMM 363 Introduction to Communication Theory (3)
ECON 302 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECON 304 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 320 Concepts in Personal Finance (3)
ECE 312 Child Development (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
ECE 330 Infant and Toddler Development (3)
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education (3)
GEOG 310 Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes (3)
GEOG 322 Geography of California (3)
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3)
HIST 307 History of World Civilizations to 1500 (3)
HIST 308 History of World Civilizations, 1500 to Present (3)
HIST 310 History of the United States (3)
HIST 311 History of the United States (3)
HIST 312 History of the United States (to 1865) (3)
HIST 313 History of the United States (1865-1945) (3)
HIST 314 Recent United States History (3)
HIST 319 American Environmental History (3)
HIST 331 Women in American History (3)
HIST 344 Survey of California History: A Multicultural Perspective (3)
JOUR 310 Mass Media and Society (3)
NUTRI 310 Cultural Foods of the World (3)
POLS 301 Introduction to Government: United States (3)
POLS 302 Introduction to Government: Foreign (3)
POLS 310 Introduction to International Relations (3)
POLS 320 Introduction to Political Theory (3)
PSYC 300 General Principles (3)
PSYC 312 Biological Psychology (4)
PSYC 320 Social Psychology (3)
PSYC 335 Research Methods in Psychology (3)
PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior (3)
PSYC 356 Human Sexuality (3)
PSYC 368 Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
PSYC 370 Human Development: A Life Span (3)
PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology (3)
SOC 301 Social Problems (3)
SOC 310 Marriage and the Family (3)
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3)
SOC 379 Making Social Change (3)
SWHS 331 Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
Total Units: 18

The Interdisciplinary Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences 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 FLC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate how societies and social subgroups operate (Social and Behavioral Sciences).

Certificates of Achievement

ECE-Infant Specialist Certificate

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.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title 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 and Toddler Development 3
ECE 331 Care and Education of Infants and Toddlers 3
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
Total Units: 22

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.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for ECE-Infant Specialist Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

One of the most dramatic increases in recent years has been in infant and toddler programs. In fact, center-based care for infants and toddlers represents the fastest growing type of early childhood program today so there is a huge demand for infant specialists.


ECE-Master Teacher Certificate

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: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM), 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.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title 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) 4
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education (4) 4
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation and Documentation 3
ECE 330 Infant and Toddler Development 3
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
ECE 424 Adult Supervision: Mentoring in a Collaborative Learning Setting 2
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
A minimum of 16 units from the following: 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.
Subtotal Units: 47
Art with Children
Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 361 Introducing Young Children to Visual Arts 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ART 320 Design: Fundamentals (3)
ART 430 Art and Children (3)
ARTH 300 Introduction to Art (3)
Art with Children Units: 6
Total Units: 53
Bilingual/Bicultural Development
Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology (3)
BUS 330 Managing Diversity in the Workplace (3)
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3)
COMM 325 Intercultural Communication (3)
NUTRI 310 Cultural Foods of the World (3)
one foreign language course from French, Spanish or American Sign Language
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 31
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education (3)
Bilingual/Bicultural Development Units: 6
Total Units: 53
Children with Exceptional Needs
Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 404 Children with Special Needs 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
SILA 305 American Sign Language 1 (4)
   or SILA 306 American Sign Language 2 (4)
Children with Exceptional Needs Units: 6
Total Units: 53
Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition
Course Code Course Title Units
NUTRI 300 Nutrition (3) 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 32
NUTRI 320 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
   or ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition Units: 6
Total Units: 53
Infant and Toddler Care
Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 331 Care and Education of Infants and Toddlers 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ECE 330 Infant and Toddler Development (3)
Infant and Toddler Care Units: 6
Total Units: 53
Music with Children
Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
MUSM 370 Music for Children (3)
MUFHL 330 World Music (3)
   or MUIVI 370 Beginning Guitar (2)
ECE 363 Music and Movement with Young Children 3
Music with Children Units: 6
Total Units: 53
STEAM in ECE
Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
ECE 342 Constructive Math and Science in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 361 Introducing Young Children to Visual Arts (3)
ECE 452 Making for Educators (3)
STEAM in ECE Units: 6
Total Units: 53

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.

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.

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.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for ECE-Master Teacher Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

This certificate qualifies students to be a master teacher or a supervising teacher in early care and education programs. Upon completion of this certificate and with documented related experience, the individual is eligible to be a lead teacher and/or mentor teacher in both publicly and privately funded programs serving young children and their families.


ECE-School Age Specialist Certificate

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.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title 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) 3
   or ECE 363 Music and Movement with Young Children (3)
   or ENGLT 370 Children and Literature (3)
   or MUSM 370 Music for Children (3)
Total Units: 29

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.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for ECE-School Age Specialist Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Individuals with the School-Age Specialist Certificate will be qualified to work in school-age before-school, after-school, and other school-age child learning centers that are state funded. This certificate, in addition to the experience requirements, will authorize individuals to apply for a permit that will allow them to provide instruction and supervise Assistant and Associate Teachers in programs serving youths up to age fourteen.


ECE-Site Supervisor Certificate

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.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title 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 and Documentation 3
ECE 330 Infant and Toddler 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 I: Programs in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 422 Administration II: Personnel and Leadership in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 424 Adult Supervision: Mentoring in a Collaborative Learning Setting 2
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
Total Units: 37

Student Learning Outcomes

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.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for ECE-Site Supervisor Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

There is a need for competent site supervisors in private and public Early Childhood programs. Estimates of employment positions and new openings in the entire United States, California, and Sacramento and El Dorado Counties, for this year and the coming several years, indicate current and expected continued growth in the early childhood education industry.


Early Childhood Education Teacher Certificate

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.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title 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 and Documentation 3
ECE 330 Infant and Toddler 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
Subtotal Units: 29
A minimum of 16 units from the following
Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 16 units from the following: 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.
A minimum of 16 units from the following Units: 16
Total Units: 45

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.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Early Childhood Education Teacher Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

There is a need for competent teachers in private and public Early Childhood programs. Estimates of employment positions and new openings in the entire United States, California, and Sacramento and El Dorado Counties, for this year and the coming several years, indicate current and expected continued growth in the early childhood education industry.

Certificates

ECE-Assistant Teacher Certificate

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.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education (3) 3
   or ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
Total Units: 6

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Upon completion of ECE 300 and ECE 312/PSYC 372, 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/PSYC 372 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.

ECE-Associate Teacher Certificate

This certificate provides the educational coursework that serves as the core curriculum for the early childhood education field. Topics include an introduction to the profession, observation techniques, age-appropriate curriculum, and the child in the context of the family and community. Additionally, there is a focus on practicing these concepts in a supervised field/lab environment. With documented work experience, the student is also eligible to apply to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the Associate Teacher Child Development Permit.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title 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: 13

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 that support children's learning through play, exploration, and problem solving.
  • build on systematic observations of children's behavior to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally and culturally appropriate learning activities for young children.
  • analyze the influence of family, community, and culture on the child and identify local resource agencies that support families.
  • distinguish and apply positive guidance and conflict resolution strategies that teach children self-discipline and effective, respectful social skills within a diverse group of peers.
  • recognize ethical standards and demonstrate professional behaviors that deepen understanding, knowledge, and commitment to the Early Childhood Education profession.

Career Information

This certificate allows the student to work as a teacher in a private early care and education (Title 22) program, serving infants/toddlers, preschool-age children, and school-age children in before-and-after school programs. With the Associate Teacher Child Development Permit, an individual can work as an assistant or associate teacher in a publicly funded (Title 5) early care and education program.