The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
Associate Degree Requirements:
The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:
For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter,
a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis,
is required for each course applied toward the major.
The Child Development: Associate Teacher Skills Certificate meets requirements for the Associate Teacher level of the Child Development Permit issued by the State of California Commission on Teacher Preparation. This certificate program represents the first rung of a career ladder. Students completing this certificate program may continue with the Child Development Teacher Certificate to enhance their employment opportunities. Students frequently find jobs in both publicly funded and private centers for early care and education.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
Job titles include Teacher Aide, Assistant
Child Care Worker, Associate Preschool Teacher.
Employers generally report that it is very difficult to find applicants who meet their hiring standards. This indicates a very good outlook for qualified job seekers.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the needs, characteristics, and multiple influences on the development of children;
- Describe the components of high quality care and education programs;
- Evaluate play based environments and design activities that support positive, developmentally appropriate learning outcomes for all young children;
- Identify effective guidance and interaction strategies that support all children's social learning, identity, and self-esteem;
- Describe strategies that promote constructive relationships between programs, teachers, families, and their communities; and
- Demonstrate familiarity with the ethical standards and professional behaviors that deepen understanding, knowledge, and commitment to the early childhood care and education profession.