early-childhood teacher certificate program: 12-units

Child, Family, and Community

3 units, 35 hours Patterns of family living in modern society, including varying roles and interaction of family members; factors affecting family, including urban-suburban living, socio-cultural, racial, and economic; the relationship of the family to the preschool and to such community resources as represented by health, welfare, educational, recreational, religious, and counseling organizations. Students are required to observe children in a group setting.


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Child Development

3 units, 35 hours This course is designed for students to study the growth and development of children from the prenatal stage through adolescence. For each stage of development attention to both typical as well as atypical development in each area is discussed. Included are the influences of culture, family, and the environment. The material in this course is designed as a foundation for teaching, nursing, early childhood education, and parenting.

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ECE Administration

 3 units, 35 hours Students are introduced to the administration of preschool programs. The course covers program types, budget, management, regulations, laws, development, and implementation of policies and procedures. The course examines administrative tools, philosophies, and techniques needed to organize, open and operate an early care and education program. Students are required to observe licensed programs and interview administrators. This course is designed to provide training to educators in the laws governing private and public Montessori early care centers in California. Aspects of records, reports, health and safety, finances, staff management, children’s programs, space, equipment, and parent/community relationships from the administrator’s point of view.



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