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.
The Child Development Teacher Certificate of Achievement meets course requirements for the Child Development Teacher Permit issued by the State of California Commission on Teacher Preparation. These permits are required to work in a state-subsidized child development program.
Since this program is part of a career ladder, students who have completed the Child Development Associate Teacher Skills Certificate will have fulfilled 12 units of this Child Development Teacher Certificate of Achievement.
Job titles include Instructional Aide, Teacher Assistant, Student Teacher, Teacher.
Employers generally report that it is moderately difficult to find applicants who meet their hiring standards. This indicates a good outlook for qualified job seekers.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:
- Integrate an understanding of the potential, the characteristics, and the multiple influences on the development of children into the delivery of high quality care and education programs;
- design, implement and evaluate play based environments and activities that support developmentally appropriate learning outcome for all young children;
- apply effective guidance and interaction strategies that support all children's social learning, identity and self-esteem;
- develop strategies that promote relationships between programs, teachers, families and their communities; and
- demonstrate ethical standards and professional behaviors that reflect understanding, knowledge and a commitment to the field of early childhood education and care.
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence.
For students interested in an Associate Degree, a Child Development major is available. More information about Early Childhood Development programs can be found at the Child Development website.
It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.