This certificate provides a foundation in Child development, highlighting nature, environmental education and stewardship. Exploration of a nature - based pedagogy continuum; from nature focused activities through forest Kindergarten principles and practices.Strategies and resources to support children in developing and fostering a curiosity of the world around them and build skills to help them be successful learners. Cultural diversity and placed-based influences will be a focus.
Outdoor learning environments(OLEs) stimulate the diversity of children’s play experience and contribute to their healthy development; through observation and assessment opportunities,candidates will experience first-hand the outdoor learning environment.Discover skills and understanding required to create, manage, promote, and organize quality OLEs for children.
The goal of the Nature-based Pedagogy Certificate of Achievement is to provide continuing opportunities to prepare students for careers involving the education and care of young children in a variety of settings with an emphasis on the outdoor learning environment and nature.
Students completing this certificate will gain the knowledge to work with children 0 – 8 years old in different roles, both public and private programs with an emphasis on Nature pedagogy and outdoor learning environments.
(Y1 or S1)
|Psychology 11|| Child Growth and|
|Early Childhood Education 2||Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children||3||S1|
|Early Childhood Education 11||Child, Family and Community||3||S1|
|Early Childhood Education 17||Introduction to Curriculum||3||S1|
|Early Childhood Education 21||Observation and Assessment||4||S2|
|Early Childhood Education 76||Children in Nature||3||S3|
|Early Childhood Education 77||Nature: In, Out and Beyond||3||S3|
This certificate requires the successful completion of 7 required courses and with 2 courses focusing on Nature-based Pedagogy for a total of 22 units. This certificate satisfies the Department of Social Services Title 22 Community Care Licensing requirements for qualified preschool teachers, and before and after school age caregivers in a licensed early childhood program.It also satisfies the California Department of Education Title 5 child development course work requirements for the Child Development Assistant or Associate Teacher permit and those need to complete an early childhood education specialty focus.