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Inclusion Teacher Assistant

Certificate of Achievement

The Inclusion Teacher Assistant Certificate of Achievement requires the successful completion of 21 units of required core courses. This certificate is designed to integrate best practices from the fields of early intervention, early childhood education, and special education. This certificate is an academic and vocational training program that prepares students for future work as educators in diverse childhood settings that serve all children including children with disabilities and special needs. This certificate prepares students to enter the careers of teacher assistant or paraprofessional and early childhood teacher. Courses are designed to satisfy the State Department of Education Title 5 course requirements for the Child Development Assistant Permit. Students develop skills to work with children with and without disabilities and their families. Students gain practical skills to integrate intervention strategies in diverse settings such as early intervention programs, preschools, general education programs, special education programs, and inclusion classrooms.

Program Requirements (21 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
CHST002Child Growth and Development3 units
CHST034AIntroduction to the Child With Special Needs3 units
CHST034BCurriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs3 units
CHST034CGuidance and Strategies for Challenging Behaviors3 units
CHST058EC Language and Literacy Curriculum3 units
CHST063Child, Family, and Community3 units
CHST070Infant-Toddler Development & Care3 units

Total Certificate Units: 21 units

To be awarded a certificate, a student must:

  1. Complete all the major requirements.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” (or "P") or better for all required courses.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Evaluate and differentiate between typical and atypical development in all domain areas
  • Effectively build and maintain relationships with children, family, and other staff members
  • Apply best practices and developmentally appropriate activities for diverse learners including adaptations for children with disabilities and special needs
  • Research and connect local and state community agencies to children with and without disabilities and their families
Last Updated 7/19/23