Early Childhood Education

College of Extended Learning
Dean: Peter Dewees

Early Childhood Education Program
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Program

Early Childhood Education Professional Development


Program Scope

This program enables early childhood program personnel, working with children from infants to age eight, to meet requirements for Early Childhood Licenses, and Child Development Permits, to enter early childhood education, or to continue their training in this field. Each semester, Extended Learning offers a sequence of required and elective academic courses for upper division or post baccalaureate students, leading to completion of academic teaching and administrative requirements, and professional growth opportunities in the field of early childhood education.

Faculty

Instructors in the program hold graduate degrees, and are selected for their outstanding teaching ability and their expertise in early childhood education and administration of childcare programs.

Career Outlook

The demand for qualified early childhood and child development program professionals continues to grow due to changes in demographic and socioeconomic patterns in society at large. Licensing and teaching permit agencies require child development program teachers and administrators to complete specific academic courses to be eligible for positions in child care settings. The following reflects these requirements:

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM

Admission to Program

To complete any of the options in this program, students must have the equivalent of an A.A. degree (60 units including sixteen General Education units), or a B.A. degree. Students can register for any of the courses independently. A formal program is designed around four options to offer students a program planned to meet the requirements of the various regulatory agencies overseeing early childhood programs in California.

Program

The program is organized into four options. Classes within each option lead to the completion of academic teaching and administrative requirements, as well as professional growth opportunities in the field of early childhood education.

Option 1: Teacher or Director

A series of courses for meeting Teacher, and/or Director requirements for Department of Social Services (DSS), Title 22, private or non-subsidized child development/early childhood programs.

Option 2: Teacher or Master Teacher

A series of courses designed to meet both Department of Social Services (DSS), Title 22, and State Department of Education (SDE) Child Development Division, Title 5, requirements for Teacher and Master Teacher in early childhood/child development programs.

Option 3: Director, Site Manager, or Program Director

A series of courses designed to meet both Department of Social Services (DSS), Title 22, and State Department of Education (SDE) Child Development Division, Title 5, requirements for Director, Site Manager, and Program Director in early childhood/child development programs.

Option 4: Professional Development and Professional Growth Planning

A selection of courses to use in developing Professional Development and Professional Growth Plans in early childhood/child development programs. Students who wish to meet Mentor Teacher or Professional Growth Adviser qualifications are required to have completed a supervised fieldwork class, and a class in early childhood adult supervision.

Students can take individual classes or meet selected requirements. The early childhood community can also take advantage of courses offered in this program for in-service credit and professional growth and development interests.

OPTION 1: Teacher (15 units)
Required Courses
E ED 600 Young Child Development and Learning
E ED 602 Curriculum for Young Children
E ED 306 Teaching Young Children: Recognizing Needs of Children and Families in Contemporary Society
Electives--select three units from the following:
E ED 697 Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Programs
E ED 611 Infant/Toddler Development
SPED 277 Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families
Recommended additional courses--three units (each class meets one year experience requirement and one is required to qualify as a Mentor Teacher):
E ED 605 Supervised Fieldwork: Child Development
E ED 608 Supervised Fieldwork: Curriculum
OPTION 1: Director (15-21 units)
Required Courses
E ED 600 Young Child Development and Learning
E ED 602 Curriculum for Young Children
E ED 306 Teaching Young Children: Recognizing Needs of Children and Families in Contemporary Society
Electives--select three units from the following:
E ED 697 Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Programs
E ED 611 Infant/Toddler Development
SPED 277 Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families
Administration requirement--select three units from the following:
E ED 606 Administration of Early Childhood Programs
E ED 607 Early Childhood Administration: Developing Human Relations in Group Programs for Young Children
Recommended additional courses (each class meets one year experience requirement and one is required to qualify as a Mentor Teacher):
E ED 605 Supervised Fieldwork: Child Development
E ED 608 Supervised Fieldwork: Curriculum
E ED 677 Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs
OPTION 2: Teacher/Master Teacher (24 units)
Required Courses
E ED 600 Young Child Development and Learning
E ED 602 Curriculum for Young Children
E ED 306 Teaching Young Children: Recognizing Needs of Children and Families in Contemporary Society
Electives--select three units from the following:
E ED 697 Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Programs
E ED 611 Infant/Toddler Development
SPED 277 Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families
E ED 697 Play and Play Environments for Young Children
Experience requirement--select three units from the following (each class meets one year experience requirement and one is required to qualify as a Mentor Teacher):
E ED 605 Supervised Fieldwork: Child Development
E ED 608 Supervised Fieldwork: Curriculum
Master Teacher/Mentor Teacher Requirement (2 units)
E ED 677 Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs
Electives--select six units from the following (specialization, professional growth courses):
E ED 604 Working with Parents in Group Programs for Young Children
E ED 610 Observation and Assessment Techniques in Programs for Young Children
E ED 613 Creative Arts for Young Children
E ED 615 Nature Study and Outdoor Education for Young Children
E ED 616 Developing Language, Literacy, and Communication Skills for Young Children
E ED 617 The Project Approach: Social, Environmental, and Community Studies for Young Children
E ED 677 Anti-Bias Curriculum and Young Children
E ED 697 Play and Play Environments for Young Children
COUN 277 Violence Intervention for Early Childhood Teachers
OPTION 3: Director, Site Supervisor, Program Director for Private and Subsidized Early Childhood/Child Development Programs (B.A. with 24 ECE/CD units)
Required Courses
E ED 600 Young Child Development and Learning
E ED 602 Curriculum for Young Children
E ED 306 Teaching Young Children: Recognizing Needs of Children and Families in Contemporary Society
Electives--select three units from the following:
E ED 697 Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Programs
E ED 611 Infant/Toddler Development
SPED 277 Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families
Experience requirement--select three units from the following (each class meets one year experience requirement and three units are required to qualify as an Administrator, Mentor Teacher, and Professional Growth Adviser):
E ED 605 Supervised Fieldwork: Child Development
E ED 608 Supervised Fieldwork: Curriculum
Administration requirement (six units)
E ED 606 Administration of Early Childhood Programs
E ED 607 Early Childhood Administration: Developing Human Relations in Group Programs for Young Children
Supervision requirement (two-three units)
E ED 677 Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs
Electives--select twelve units from the following (specialization, professional growth courses):
E ED 604 Working with Parents in Group Programs for Young Children
E ED 610 Observation and Assessment Techniques in Programs for Young Children
E ED 613 Creative Arts for Young Children
E ED 615 Nature Study and Outdoor Education for Young Children
E ED 616 Developing Language, Literacy, and Communication Skills for Young Children
E ED 617 The Project Approach: Social, Environmental, and Community Studies for Young Children
E ED 677 Anti-Bias Curriculum and Young Children
E ED 697 Play and Play Environments for Young Children
COUN 277 Violence Intervention for Early Childhood Teachers
OPTION 4: Professional Growth Adviser and Mentor Teacher
Students meet with their Mentor or Professional Growth Adviser to develop a plan. Mentors and Advisers are required to meet Permit Requirements and take E ED 677, Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs, which includes a unit of field supervision, where they work directly with advisees in developing a plan.
Required Courses for entry into this Option
E ED 605 Supervised Fieldwork: Child Development
  OR
E ED 608 Supervised Fieldwork: Curriculum
E ED 677 Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs
Students select additional classes from Early Childhood Program to complete Professional Growth Plans (number of units optional).


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