Cerro Coso Community College

CHDV Associate Teacher

Child Development Associate Teacher Certificate

The Child Development Associate Teacher Certificate

  • Provides students with the minimal level of education to work with children in a group setting.
  • Includes required classes in the core areas (development; child, family, and community; curriculum).
  • Allows students to qualify for Assistant Teacher and Associate Teacher* permits.

*Associate Teacher Permit: Associate Teacher Certificate of Proficiency requirements plus experience requirement of 50 days of 3+ hours per day within 2 years.

You can use this to:

  • Enhance career opportunities as:
    • Child Care Center Assistant Teacher
    • Child Care Center Associate Teacher
    • Elementary School Classroom Assistant
    • Preschool Teacher
    • Child Care Worker

All professionals working with children are required to have a clean criminal record, to demonstrate freedom from tuberculosis (TB), and to demonstrate the physical ability to perform all of the duties of a professional position working directly with children.

Early-childhood education "improves children's cognitive abilities, helps to create a foundation for lifelong learning, makes learning outcomes more equitable, reduces poverty and improves social mobility from generation to generation.

(OECD, 2012)

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  • To examine teaching and care practices that provide a developmentally appropriate program to support children's growth, development, and learning.
  • To identify one's own values, experiences, and philosophies and how they guide and inform practices.

Thank you so much for all your productive feedback, prompt grading, and for caring about all of your students and the children who will benefit from them. It has been a pleasure for me to be part of this class...

—Online Student


Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

The requirements for this program are complex. You MUST meet with a Child Development faculty member AND a counselor.

Complete all of the following courses:

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course provides an examination of the theoretical principles of developmentally appropriate practices applied to programs, environments, with emphasis upon the key role of relationships, constructive adult-child interactions, and teaching strategies in supporting the physical, social, creative, and intellectual development of all children. This course includes a review of the historical roots of early childhood programs and the evolution of the professional practices promoting advocacy, ethics and professional identity. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every semester and in Lake Isabella in Fall of odd years.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course presents an overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for infants and young children. Students examine the teacher's role in supporting development by using observation and assessment strategies and emphasizing the essential role of play. An overview of content areas include, but is not limited to: language and literacy, social and emotional learning, sensory learning, art and creativity, math, and science. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every semester and in Lake Isabella in Spring of even years.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is an examination of the developing child in a societal context focusing on the interrelationship of family, school, and community and emphasizes historical and socio-cultural factors. The processes of socialization and identity development is highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every semester and in Lake Isabella in Fall of even years.

Advisory: CHDV C100, ENGL C070.

This introductory course examines the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. There is an emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every semester.

Permit

STATE OF CALIFORNIA CHILD DEVELOPMENT PERMIT: The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing grants permits in accordance with the Child Development Permit Matrix. Applications are separate from Cerro Coso Community College and must be submitted to California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Contact any Child Development faculty member or visit the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/ for more information regarding the Permit Matrix and Professional Growth Advisors. For all Permits, all course work must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Associate Teacher Permit: Associate Teacher Certificate of Proficiency requirements plus experience requirement of 50 days of 3+ hours per day within 2 years.

Campuses

All classes needed for this certificate are available at the following campuses: CC Online Lake Isabella

Pathway to Completion

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

This certificate requires 12.0 units and will likely take 1 semester.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

12.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $552 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $720* for books and supplies

Total cost $1,272 for 1 semester

Non-residents

12.0 units

at $258 per unit

Equals $3,096 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $720* for books and supplies

Total cost $3,816 for 1 semester

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

This is not a Financial Aid eligible certificate.

For general questions, contact:

Lisa Fuller
Child Development / Education
Phone: (760) 384-6169
Email: lfuller@cerrocoso.edu

Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

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