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Degrees & Certificates

The Child Development program is designed for students desiring to transfer to a four-year college or to meet requirements to work in public or private childcare facilities. The program conforms to regulatory agency guidelines and offers several options as specified below.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ECE)

ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE FOR TRANSFER (AS-T) DEGREE

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education (ECE) for Transfer (AS-T) degree is intended to meet the lower-division requirements for ECE majors, or majors that have been deemed similar, in the California State University (CSU) system. The AS-T degree prepares students to function in a variety of early childhood programs and services and is for students who seek to transfer to a CSU institution or to prepare for a career in early childhood education by meeting the requirements to work in public or private child care facilities.

Successful completion of the degree affords students specific guarantees for transfer to the CSU system, such as admission to a CSU with junior status, priority admission to their local CSU campus and to a program or major in ECE or similar major. Students transferring to a CSU campus will be required to complete no more than 60 semester or 90 quarter units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To qualify for the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (AS-T) degree, students are required to complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to a California State University, including both of the following:

(1) The California State University General Education–Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), and

(2) 26 semester units with a grade of “C” or better, or “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No-Pass” basis, in the major and an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. (Some universities may have limits on the number of Pass/No-Pass units they will accept for transfer. See a counselor for more information.)

See the Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities section of this catalog for more information on AS-T overall requirements and CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the degree will be able to:

  • Demonstrate developmentally and culturally appro-priate practice, including managing the physical, temporal and interpersonal environments.
  • Assess the learning environment and the children using standard assessment tools to form plans of action.
  • Communicate effectively orally, and in writing, in a child care setting with children, families and co-workers.
  • Work independently, and as a team member, in an effective manner while continuously strengthening leadership skills.

•          Advocate within the community for continued support of children and families.

Degree Major Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
CHDEV 50 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3
CHDEV 51 Child Growth and Development 3
CHDEV 52 Observation and Assessment 3
CHDEV 53 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
CHDEV 54B Introduction to Curriculum 3
CHDEV 55A Practicum-Field Experience 5
CHDEV 74 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
CHDEV 80 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
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Select courses for a total of 3-5 units from the following:
CHDEV 55B Practicum-Field Experience (5)
CHDEV 56A Infant/Toddler Development  and Care (3)
CHDEV 56B Curriculum and Environments  for Infants and Toddlers (3)
CHDEV 58 Preschool Administration (3)
CHDEV 59 Preschool Supervision and Staff Relations (3)
CHDEV 60 Emergent Literacy and Children’s Literature (3)
CHDEV 66 Music for Young Children (2)
CHDEV 68 Play-Based Curriculum (3)
CHDEV 70 Preschool Art Curriculum: Principles and Practices (2)
CHDEV 71 The Business of Early Childhood  Education (3)
CHDEV 75 Supervising Adults in Early Childhood Programs (3)
CHDEV 246 Emergent Topics: Best Practices 3-5 for Working with Children (.5-2)*    3-5 
Total Required Units: 32-34

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS (AA) DEGREE

To qualify for the Associate of Arts in Child Development degree, students must satisfactorily complete the Degree Major requirements specified below and the local AA/AS General Education requirements. See the Associate Degrees and Certificates section of this catalog for more information on the local AA/AS overall requirements and the local AA/AS General Education requirements. The AA degree in Child Development includes the State Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP) courses.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the degree will be able to:

  • Demonstrate developmentally and culturally appro-priate practice, including managing the physical, temporal and interpersonal environments.
  • Assess the learning environment and the children using standard assessment tools to form plans of action.
  • Communicate effectively orally, and in writing, in a child care setting with children, families and co-workers.
  • Work independently, and as a team member, in an effective manner while continuously strengthening leadership skills.
  • Advocate within the community for continued sup-port of children and families.
  • Apply developmentally and culturally sensitive strat-egies to support social-emotional competence in early childhood settings.

Degree Major Requirements:

Dept/No.           Title                                                                     Units

CHDEV 50        Principles and Practices of
Teaching Young Children                                     3

CHDEV 51        Child Growth and Development                        3

CHDEV 52        Observation and Assessment                              3

CHDEV 53        The Child, the Family and the
Community                                                                3

CHDEV 54A    Social and Emotional Foundations
for Early Learning                                                   3

CHDEV 54B     Introduction to Curriculum                                 3

CHDEV 55A    Practicum-Field Experience                                 5

CHDEV 74        Health, Safety, and Nutrition                              3

CHDEV 80        Teaching in a Diverse Society                             3

Select one elective course from the following:

CHDEV 55C     Advanced Practicum-Field Experience (3)

CHDEV 56A    Infant/Toddler Development and
Care (3)

CHDEV 56B     Curriculum and Environments
for Infants and Toddlers (3)

CHDEV 60        Emergent Literacy and Children’s
Literature (3)

CHDEV 61        Advanced Curriculum Development (3)

CHDEV 62        Overview of Operations of Family
Child Care (3)

CHDEV 68        Play-Based Curriculum (3)

CHDEV 84        Curriculum and Strategies for Children
with Special Needs (3)                                           3

                             Total Required Units for Degree Major:   32

TEACHER

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

The Teacher certificate program is designed to prepare students for Head Teacher-level work in public or private childcare facilities. The option builds on the introductory skills and knowledge base needed to work in Early Care and Education through 12 additional Child Development units including observation and assessment, infant/toddler care, practicum field experience and emergent literacy. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the requirements specified below.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate developmentally and culturally appropriate practices in the physical, temporal and interpersonal environments.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing on relevant topics in the field of early care and education.
  • Work independently and as a team member in an effective manner.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements:*

Dept/No. Title Units
CHDEV 51 Child Growth and Development 3
CHDEV 53 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
CHDEV 54A Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning 3
CHDEV 54B Introduction to Curriculum 3
Select 12 units from the following:
CHDEV 50 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children(3)
CHDEV 52 Observation and Assessment (3)
CHDEV 55A Practicum-Field Experience (5)
CHDEV 55B Practicum-Field Experience (5)
CHDEV 56A Infant/Toddler Development and Care (3)
CHDEV 56B Curriculum and Environments for Infants and Toddlers (3)
CHDEV 57A Child Growth and Development: Age Six through Adolescence (3)
CHDEV 57B Curriculum and Programs for School-Age Children (3)
CHDEV 60 Emergent Literacy Children’s Literature (3)
CHDEV 65 Preschool Science Curriculum: Principles and Practices (3)
CHDEV 66 Music for Young Children (2)
CHDEV 67 Parenting/Grandparenting (3)
CHDEV 68 Play-Based Curriculum (3)
CHDEV 70 Preschool Art Curriculum: Principles and Practices (2)
CHDEV 74 Health, Safety, and Nutrition (3)
CHDEV 79 Anti-Bias Curriculum (3)
CHDEV 246* Emergent Topics: Best Practices for Working with Children (.5-2)
COSER 16A Communication: Theory and Practice (2-3)
NUTR 10 Nutrition (4)    12
Subtotal: 24
Select 16 General Education units to include: 
COMM 20 Interpersonal Communication Skills (3)
ENGL 1A** Composition and Reading (4)
Plus: Other elective General Education units (9)    16
Total Required Units: 40

*These courses match the course requirements on the Child Development Permit Matrix for Teacher.

ASSOCIATE TEACHER

CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY

The Associate Teacher certificate program is designed to prepare students for entry-level work in public or private childcare facilities. The Child Development program includes diverse topics covering family diversity, multicultural education, special education, infants/toddlers, home-based care, and family child care. This option under the Child Development program focuses on introductory skills needed to work in early childhood education settings, including preschool education theory and application, child growth and development, and the child and his/her place in the family and community. A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the requirements specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Identify developmentally and culturally appropriate practices in the physical, temporal and interpersonal environments.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Identify the major developmental theories in Early Childhood Education practices.
  • Apply the concepts of socialization to early care and education practices.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:*

Dept/No. Title Units
CHDEV 50 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children (3)
or
CHDEV 54A Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning 3
CHDEV 51 Child Growth and Development 3
CHDEV 53 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
CHDEV 54B Introduction to Curriculum    3
Total Required Units: 12

*These courses match the course requirements on the Child Development Permit Matrix for Associate Teacher.

ASSISTANT TEACHER

CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY

The Assistant Teacher certificate program is designed to prepare students to complete the minimum academic certification of the Merritt College Child Development Department. The Assistant Teacher Certification qualifies students to obtain the Assistant Teacher Permit issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the requirements specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Differentiate between and apply the concepts of development domains (physical, cognitive, social-emotional, language/literacy) in the classroom.

•          Discuss how young children learn through play.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Select a minimum of 6 units from the following:
CHDEV* Any Child Development course numbered 1 through 248    6
Total Required Units: 6

*These courses match the course requirements on the Child Development Permit Matrix for Assistant Teacher.

FAMILY CHILD CARE PROVIDER

CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY

The Family Child Care Provider certificate program is designed to prepare students to meet the unique demands for running a quality Family Child Care business. This specialization under the Child Development Department focuses on program, business practices and regulatory compliance. A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the requirements specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Practice involving families in all aspects of the program, and demonstrate ability to communicate and work with families in respectful ways.
  • Apply regulatory and legal compliance requirements of a successful Family Child Care Business.
  • Implement a comprehensive approach to creating developmentally and culturally appropriate environ-ments in the family child care setting.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No.           Title                                                                     Units

CHDEV 51        Child Growth and Development                        3

CHDEV 53        The Child, the Family and the
Community                                                                3

CHDEV 54B     Introduction to Curriculum (3)

or

CHDEV 56B     Curriculum and Environments for
Infants and Toddlers (3)                                        3

CHDEV 62        Overview of Operations of Family
Child Care                                                                  3

                             Total Required Units for Certificate:          12

INFANT/TODDLER SPECIALIST

CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY

The Infant/Toddler Specialist certificate program is designed to prepare students for work in public or private infant toddler programs. This specialization option under the Child Development Department focuses on skills needed to work in infant/toddler settings. A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the requirements specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Evaluate individual differences and the special needs of exceptional children under age three.
  • Create a responsive environment and development-ally and culturally appropriate curriculum that supports infant-toddler learning in the four domains of development.
  • Practice involving families in all aspects of the program, and demonstrate ability to communicate and work with families in respectful ways.
  • Summarize the developmental sequence of infant and toddler growth and development and the methods of facilitating growth.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No.           Title                                                                     Units

CHDEV 56A    Infant/Toddler Development and Care           3

CHDEV 56B     Curriculum and Environments for
Infants and Toddlers                                              3

                  Total Required Units for Certificate: 6

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