This certificate provides students who are interested in becoming Transitional Kindergarten teachers with the necessary Early Childhood Education units required by the Department of Education to fulfill the requirements of the position. It provides in-depth knowledge of the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks (with which all Transitional Kindergarten curriculum must be aligned), as well as instruction in effective behavior management strategies, strategies for working with children from diverse cultural backgrounds, and knowledge of how to create high-quality learning environments for young children. This program is designed both for credentialed teachers who want to earn the early Childhood Education units necessary to qualify as a transitional Kindergarten teacher and for current preschool teachers who want to deepen their understanding of the Preschool Foundations and Frameworks. Teachers from both groups who enroll in this certificate program will receive robust professional development, particularly focused on curriculum development across the content areas. They will also meet California Community Care Licensing requirements to work as a preschool teacher, and qualify for the Associate Teacher California Child Development Permit. A minimum grade of “C” in each course is required to earn the certificate and/or qualify for the Child Development Permit.
Program Learning Outcomes
1. Explain the roles of the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks in the education of young children and their relationship to the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP), and Content Standards for California Public Schools (kindergarten).
2. Plan environments, opportunities and family engagement to support children’s learning and development in all content areas.
3. Apply ethical standards and professional behaviors that demonstrate understanding of the needs, the characteristics and multiple influences on the development of children birth to age eight as related to high quality care and education of young children.
5-10 students are projected to complete this program annually.
Transitional Kindergarten is a new public school grade level designed to help transition children who have birthdays just before the kindergarten enrollment cut-off date. All school districts are required to offer this grade level. Transitional Kindergarten teachers must have a teaching credential in addition to 24 units of Early Childhood Education courses to qualify to teach this new grade level. In addition, they must be prepared to align Transitional Kindergarten curriculum with the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks. In this certificate program students will gain the skills, competencies and knowledge necessary to be successful Transitional Kindergarten teachers. The courses that the students will complete will give them a strong foundation in the knowledge of early childhood development and behavior guidance strategies, as well as in-depth familiarity with the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks and the ability to apply that knowledge in creating learning environments and experiences for young children.
Teachers in preschool settings who earn this certificate will gain valuable and robust professional development that will enhance their employability as well as their ability to move up the wage scale. They will also meet California Community Care Licensing requirements to work as a preschool teacher, and qualify for the Associate Teacher California Child Development Permit.
Required Core Courses
(Y1 or S1)
|ECD 30||California Preschool Learning Foundations: English Language Development||1|
|ECD 31||Performing Arts: Preschool Foundations||1|
|ECD 32||Math: Preschool Foundations||1|
|ECD 33||Science: Preschool Foundations||1|
|ECD 34||Literacy: Preschool Foundations||1|
|ECD 35 ||Social and Emotional Preschool Foundations||1|
|ECD 36 ||Visual Arts: Preschool Foundations||1|
|ECD 37||Health: Preschool Foundations||1|
|ECD 38 ||History-Social Science: Preschool Foundations||1|
|ECD 39||Physical Development: Preschool Foundations||1|
|ECD 41||Strategies for Working with Challenging Behaviors||3|
|ECD 56||Child Growth and Development||3||S1|
Plus 3 courses from the following list:
ECD 59 Literacy in Early Childhood 3 units
ECD 60 Introduction to the Young Child With Exceptional Needs 3 units
ECD 62 Child, Family and Community 3 units
ECD 69 Child Study: Observation and Assessment 3 units
ECD 79 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3 units