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  • Objectives
    Early Childhood Education majors will be trained to
    supervise and provide care and learning experiences for infant
    through eight-year-old children in a variety of early childhood
    settings. Early Childhood Education professionals adhere to
    the guidelines as well as the Professional Code of Ethics of
    the National Association for the Education of Young Children
    (NAEYC) providing developmentally appropriate learning
    opportunities for the enhancement of the physical, intellectual,
    social, emotional and creative domains of young children.
    The Early Childhood Education major focuses on educational
    practices that emphasize interpersonal relationships,
    cultural diversity, child-centered curriculum and the inclusion
    of children with special needs in all educational opportunities.
  • Course description
    The Early Childhood Education Program major follows
    a natural progression that allows students to move from
    short to long-term educational goals: preparation for the
    state Children’s Center Permit, fulfillment of post-certificate
    Professional Development, completion of advanced California
    Career Ladder courses (including paired specialization courses
    as well as the California State Mentor course), completion
    of an Associate in Arts degree in Early Childhood Education,
    Associate in Arts in Early Childhood Intervention assistant,
    Associate in Arts in Early Childhood Intervention Teacher, and
    transfer to a four-year institution.
    Possible Early Childhood Education career goals include
    Early Childhood Education Teacher, Early Education Director,
    Early Childhood Intervention Assistant, Early Childhood
    Intervention Teacher, Family Home Child Care Provider,
    Private ECE Center Owner/Director, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, K through 12 teacher, K through 12
    Special Education Teacher, Parent Educator, Early Childhood
    Education Instructor, Marriage Family and Child Counselor.

    The Early Childhood Intervention programs will prepare
    students for career placements in public and/or private early
    intervention and educational settings that serve typically and
    atypically developing young children. Specific jobs and responsibilities
    may include serving as an early childhood educator
    with a specialization in working with children with special
    needs, special education assistant for children birth to eight
    years of age, a one-to-one aide for a child (e.g., “inclusion
    facilitator”), classroom aide with expertise in special needs, or
    as an assistant to the early intervention team for infants birth
    to three years of age.

    Early Childhood Education (27 units)
    A Certificate of Achievement for Early Childhood
    Education Teacher is granted upon completion of 27 units.
    Remaining units (to total 60) should include Associate in Arts
    degree general education requirements and electives.

    Required Core Courses: (21 units)
    Early Childhood Education 2, Early Childhood Education
    Program (3)
    Early Childhood Education 11, Child, Family and
    Community (3)
    Early Childhood Education 21, Observation and
    Assessment (4)
    Early Childhood Education 22, Education Field
    Experience (5)
    Early Childhood Education 64, Health, Safety and
    Nutrition for Young Children (3)
    Psychology 11, Child Growth and Development (3)
    Required Curriculum Courses; select two courses: (6 units)
    Early Childhood Education 4, Language and Literature for
    the Young Child (3)
    Early Childhood Education 5, Math and Science for the
    Young Child (3)
    Early Childhood Education 8, Creative Experiences: Art,
    Music and Movement (3)
    Early Childhood Education 61, Teacher-Child
    Interactions (3)
    Recommended Courses:
    Bilingual 1, Introduction to Bilingual Studies (3)
    Early Childhood Education 9, Introduction to School-Age
    Child Care (3)
    Early Childhood Education 10, Developing Literacy (3)
    Early Childhood Education 18, Childhood: Culture and
    Personality (also Psychology 18) (3)
    Early Childhood Education 19, Teaching in a Diverse
    Society (3)
    Early Childhood Education 23, Practicum in Early
    Intervention (5)
    Early Childhood Education 30, Children with
    Challenging Behaviors (3)
    Early Childhood Education 35, Foundations of Early
    Literacy (3)
    Early Childhood Education 43, Supervision and
    Administration 2 (3)
    Early Childhood Education 44, Introduction to Family
    Day Care (1)
    Early Childhood Education 45, Children with Special
    Needs (3)
    Early Childhood Education 46, Infant Through Toddler
    Studies (3)
    Early Childhood Education 47, Developing Family
    Childcare (3)
    Early Childhood Education 48, Adult Supervision and
    Mentoring, ECE/CD (2)
    Early Childhood Education 49, Early Intervention
    Strategies (3)
    Early Childhood Education 50, Parenting Skills
    Development (1)
    Early Childhood Education 51, The Reggio Approach (3)
    Early Childhood Education 52, Documentation: Making
    Learning Visible (1)
    Early Childhood Education 53, Environment as the Third
    Teacher (1)
    Early Childhood Education 60, Observation and
    Assessment (3)
    Early Childhood Education 70, The Hanen Language
    Program (3)
    Early Childhood Education 84, Early Childhood
    Educator’s Seminar (1)
    Early Childhood Education 89 A, B, C, or D, Cooperative
    Work Experience (1, 2, 3 or 4)
    Education 1, Career Choices in Education (3)
    Education 2, The Early Childhood Through 12th Grade
    Teaching Experience (3)
    Education 20, Exceptional Children in School (3)
    Education 24, Paraeducator Fieldwork Experience (5)
    Psychology 1, General Psychology (3)

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