CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Cerritos College

CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

This program welcomes students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Male students are encouraged to investigate career opportunities in Child Development. The Child development Department offers several different options for the student interested in working with young children. All full-time Child Development Instructors are available to advise students in all of the following areas:

A. CHILD DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT VERIFICATIONS - The verifications are designed to meet the minimum requirements of the Department of Social Services to teach in licensed private preschools and childcare programs. This is an entry-level career choice. The student is encouraged to pursue additional units in Child Development to advance in the field. Applications for the following Verifications of Completion must be made at the Health Occupations Division office any time after the completion of courses.

1. Associate Teacher Verification of Completion* - Complete the following courses:
Courses Units
 CD 110 Child Development 3
 CDEC 111 Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
 CDEC 112 Introduction of Curriculum 3
 CDEC 113 The Child, Family, and Community 3
Three of the four above courses must be completed at Cerritos College

2. Preschool Director Verification of Completion* - Complete the following courses:
Courses Units
 CD 110 Child Development 3
 CDEC 66 Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Education 3
 CDEC 111 Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
 CDEC 112 Introduction of Curriculum 3
 CDEC 113 The Child, Family, and Community 3
Four of the five above courses must be completed at Cerritos College

B. CERTIFICATES OF ACHIEVEMENT - This is a carefully planned course of classes that will meet requirements of the Department of Social Services and the Child Development Permit as well as when combined with the required general education classes will lead to an A.A. in Child Development. This offers even greater career options. Petitions for the Certificate of Achievement must be made through the Cerritos College office of Admissions and Records. The deadline for submitting petitions is listed in the Schedule of Classes each semester.
1. Child Development/Early Childhood Certificate of Achievement*
à Start with the core classes:
Courses Units
 CD 110 Child Development 3
 CDEC 111 Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
 CDEC 112 Introduction of Curriculum 3
 CDEC 113 The Child, Family, and Community 3
 Completion of any 2 allows you to be eligible for the Assistant level of the Permit.
 Completion of all 4 and work experience allows you to be eligible for the Associate Teacher level of the Permit.

à Next complete these four classes:
Courses Units
 CD 124 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
 CD 139 Observation, Assessment, and Positive Guidance of Childhood Behavior 3
 CDEC 161 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
 CDEC 164 Practicum Field Experience (See note below) 3
Total Certificate Units 24
 Note: All four core classes must be completed before enrolling in CDEC 164
 Completion of all 8 courses + 16 general education units (degree applicable) + work experience allows you to be eligible for the Teacher level of the Permit

OPTIONAL SPECIALTIES* (6 additional units required for A.A. Degree)
- Specialties also meet the "6 specialization units" required at the Master Teacher level of the Permit
- Courses for specialties also meet general education required "elective" units. Meet with a counselor for accepted "elective" units.

Infant/Toddler Specialization
 CDIT 151 Infant and Toddler Development 3
 CDIT 152 Infant and Toddler Program 3

Special Education Specialization
 CDSE 50 Survey of Special Education 3
 CDSE 52 Special Education Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs 3

ECE Curriculum Planning Specialization (Choose 2 out of the 4 below)
 CDEC 62 Exploring Creative Art Expression by Children 3
 CDEC 63 Early Childhood Experiences in Language Arts and Social Sciences 3
 CDEC 65 Music and Movement for Children 3
 CDEC 133 Early Childhood Experiences in Math and Sciences 3

2. Child Development/Preschool Director Certificate of Achievement*

 Start with: Units
 Child Development/Early Childhood Certificate of Achievement 24

 Add one of the 6-unit Optional Specialties (your choice): Units
 6 Unit Optional Specialty 6

 Next complete these three classes:
Courses Units
 CDEC 66 Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Education Programs (offered in Fall semester only) 3
 CDEC 67 Advanced Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Education Programs (offered in Spring semester only) 3
 CDEC 230 Adult Supervision in Child Care Programs 3
Total Certificate Units 39

C. A.A. Degree - Child Development* - This option requires one of the Certificates of Achievement (Child Development/Early Childhood + 6 unit Optional Specialty OR Child Development/Preschool Director + 6 unit Optional Specialty) and the required general education courses at Cerritos College. Some courses may be transferable; see college catalog and counselor for more information. Petitions for the Certificate of Achievement must be made through the Cerritos College office of Admissions and Records. The deadline for submitting petitions is listed in the Schedule of Classes each semester.

D. The Child Development Permit - The Child Development Permit is granted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and entitles the holder to teach in state and federally funded programs. This is an expanded career choice and has levels of advancement. The Child Development Department recommends that all Child Development students aspire to the Child Development Permit. Application for the permit is made through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. (Please refer to the navigation bar for Child Development Permit Matrix.)
- Assistant Teacher
- Associate Teacher
- Teacher
- Master Teacher
- Site Supervisor
- Program Director

* All courses not completed at Cerritos College must be comparable in content, units, and granted by a college or university accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges. Equivalencies must be determined by the Child Development Department Chairperson

   

 

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