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Specialization in Early Childhood Education

Lead Faculty: Dr Susan B. Gilbert

The Early Childhood Education Specialization program has been designed to include the competencies and guidelines as established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Advanced Program standards. The certificate is also structured to meet the State of California Child Development Permit Matrix requirements for employment in pre-school settings and does not confer a State of California teaching credential or license.

Non-residents of California; military personnel or their dependents; and international students should contact the Department of Education of the state in which they reside or intend to reside, or the Ministry of Education of the country in which they live, to determine specific requirements for employment. State or country specific coursework, in addition to the certificate program, may be required to obtain a permit, license or credential necessary for employment. Candidates assume the responsibility for determining and meeting these requirements.

The four course sequence specializing in early childhood education is designed to prepare candidates with teaching experience for meeting the unique needs of teaching children from birth to age 8.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze and evaluate effective early childhood practice using critical thinking skills, active self-refletion and professional standards.
  2. Analyze and articulate the impact of theory, standards and current research on Early Childhood practice.
  3. Apply and integrate evidence-based practices in current work situations to increase learning, growth and development.


Requirements for the Specialization (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):