West Valley College
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CAREER PROGRAMS: Child Studies

Career Programs

Certificate of Achievement:
Early Childhood Education

Major Requirements: 30 UNITS

Successful completion of 30 semester units in coursework listed below plus 16 units in general education. This satisfies State Department of Education Title 5 coursework requirements for the Child Development Teacher Permit.

Early Childhood Certificate of Achievement

Course Number Course Name Units
CHS 1 Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children 3
CHS 2 Child Growth and Development 3
CHS 60 Children's Ways of Thinking and Knowing 3
CHS 63 Child, Family and Community 3
CHS 66 Child Safety, Health and Nutrition 3
CHS 80 Introduction to Curriculum 3
CHS 87 Observation and Assessment 3
CHS 31 Student Teaching Practicum/or 3
CHS 35 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3

ELECTIVES: Complete 6 units from the following list:

CHS 5 Diversity:Childhood and Culture 3
CHS 58 Language, Literacy and the Developing Child 3
CHS 88 Early Childhood Environments 3
CHS 59 Music & Movement 3
CHS 67 Creative Art Experience 3
CHS 70 Infant Toddler Development & Care 3
CHS 83 Documentation of Children's Learning 2
CHS 84 Advocacy for Children 1
CHS 86 Technology for Teachers 3
CHS 88A The Outdoor Experience 1

Sixteen diversified semester units in general education should include at least one course in each of the following areas:

  1. Humanities and/or Fine Arts
  2. Social Sciences
  3. Math and/or Science
  4. English/Language Arts
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