Cerro Coso Community College

CHDV Early Childhood Education AST

Early Childhood Education AS-T

Associate Degree for Transfer: A Degree with a GuaranteeWe are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. This provides a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. This AS-T degree guarantees admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and gives priority admission consideration to your local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to your community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. More information on the Degree with a Guarantee Program.

The Early Childhood Education Degree for Transfer

  • Guarantees acceptance to the CSU system
  • Prepares students for careers in Child Development and Early Childhood Education
  • Prepares students for transfer to child development, elementary education, and education programs

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.

Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

  • 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.
  • To integrate understandings of children's development and needs to maintain healthy, safe, supportive, and challenging learning environments that demonstrate culturally relevant, inclusive, age-appropriate, and anti-bias approaches respectful of children, families, and early learning professionals.

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.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course provides an introduction to the laws, regulations, standards, policies and procedures, and early childhood curriculum related to child health safety and nutrition. The key components that ensure physical health, mental health, and safety for both children and staff are identified, along with the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals. The class also focuses on integrating these concepts into everyday planning and program development for all children. Students may be required to observe children in a group setting. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every semester.

Advisory: ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

This course examines the impact of various societal influences on the development of children’s social identity, covering developmentally appropriate, inclusive, and anti-bias approaches. Self-examination and reflection on issues related to social identity, stereotypes, and bias are emphasized. Students are required to observe children and/or environments where children are in a group setting. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every semester.

Advisory: CHDV C102, C104, C106, ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

In this course, students demonstrate developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Child centered, play oriented approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment, as well as knowledge of curriculum content areas, are emphasized as student teachers design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children. Students work in a supervised field experience and are required to perform at least 54 hours of practicum work under the direct supervision of a Master Teacher (or someone who would qualify as a Master Teacher) in an instructor-approved infant/toddler or preschool program. School-age program placement is restricted to before- and after-school programs or kindergarten. Participation in a placement setting requires proof of tuberculosis (TB) and immunization clearance. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered online only every semester.

Limitation on Enrollment: Students must demonstrate they are clear of TB. Health and Safety and Students must meet the immunization requirements to work with young children. Health and Safety and Students must have a cooperating teacher placement identified before the semester starts. There is a check list counselors will have that students must complete in order to be enrolled in the course. Prerequisite: CHDV C100, CHDV C102, CHDV C104, CHDV C106, CHDV C121, CHDV C125, CHDV C200.

In this course, students demonstrate developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Child centered, play oriented approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment, as well as knowledge of curriculum content areas, are emphasized as student teachers design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children. Students work in a supervised field experience and are required to perform at least 54 hours of practicum work under the direct supervision of a Master Teacher (or someone who would qualify as a Master Teacher) in an instructor-approved infant/toddler or preschool program. School-age program placement is restricted to before and after school programs or kindergarten. Participation in a placement setting requires proof of tuberculosis (TB) clearance. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered online only every semester.

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

Students desiring transfer to the California State University system may conform to either (1) the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or (2) CSU General Education Certification.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

IGETC is a series of courses that community college students can use to satisfy lower division general education requirements at any CSU or UC campus.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

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.

Campuses

All classes needed for this degree are available at the following campuses: CC Online

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 degree requires 60.0 units and will likely take 4 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

60.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $2,760 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $6,360 for 4 semesters

Non-residents

60.0 units

at $258 per unit

Equals $15,480 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $19,080 for 4 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.

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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