PROGRAMS

Professional Preschool Teacher

Instruct children (normally up to 5 years of age) in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility.

According the California Employment Development Department the number of Child Care Workers is projected to increase faster than average for all occupations through the year 2008. Between 1990 and 1998, the number of Child Care Workers working in California more than doubled, growing from 17,890 to 37,700 workers.

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Medical Assistant

Performs administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination and administering medications as directed by physician.

According to the United States Department of Labor employment for Medical Assistant is projected to grow much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2008–18 decade. Job prospects should be excellent.

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Early Childhood Education Courses

Child growth & development

Participants are trained to instruct children (normally up to 5 years of age) in settings such as preschools, day care centers, or ot her child development facilities through activities designed to promote the needed social, physical, and intellectual growth in order to be better prepared to enter elementary school.
Participants explore the theories that are relevant to early childhood development from historical and contemporary points of view. Practical application of theories are made to help participants implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum that supports Psychosocial, Cognitive and Biosocial development during the child ages of birth to eleven (11) years old.

(4.5 Quarter Credit Units), (3.0 Semester Units)

Child, Family & Community

Participants are trained to instruct children (normally up to 5 years of age) in settings such as preschools, day care centers, or other child development facilities through activities designed to promote the needed social, physical, and intellectual growth in order to be better prepared to enter elementary school.

Participants study the dynamics between young children and the forces exerted on them by cultural and societal influences of family, school and community.  Participants explore these influences through the exercise of self examination and classroom discussion of personal growth experiences of these same influences.  Community resources and social services for healthcare welfare and counseling of families and children are highlighted.

(4.5 Quarter Credit Units), (3.0 Semester Units)

Curriculum I - Theories, Methods & Materials

Participants are trained to instruct children (normally up to 5 years of age) in settings such as preschools, day care centers, or other child development facilities through activities designed to promote the needed social, physical, and intellectual growth in order to be better prepared to enter elementary school.

Participants examine the various curriculum theories with a focus on developmentally appropriate practices.  Students develop an understanding of language, cognitive, physical, creative and social emotional development and how E.C.E. curriculum and classroom design and routine meets these needs.  The child-centered method of teaching is emphasized.  The importance of children working and playing cooperatively and individually is incorporated into the planning of daily activities.

(4.5 Quarter Credit Units), (3.0 Semester Units)

Infant/Toddler Development & Care

This combination of classroom  and hands-on experience  provides participants a competency based practical education in the development and growth of children Zero (0) through age three (3) years old.  Special emphasis is placed on early language development and how caregivers facilitate this development.  A practical application of theories helps to train participants in developmental care and curriculum planning for the infant child care program.  Participants must have a current TB test and fingerprints to participate in the practicum session .  The externship allows participants to work directly in the childcare center and gain experience.  The hands on experience of the externship gives participants the opportunity to practice by direct application of  classroom learning through the development  and refining of personal professional techniques for a safe and appropriate application of acquired knowledge of early childhood education and care.

(4.5 Quarter Credit Units), (3.0 Semester Units)

Preschool Administration & Mgmt

Participants learn the principles, techniques and methods necessary for the efficient and legal operation and management of programs in early childhood education in private preschools, childcare centers, faith-based center programs, family childcare homes and a variety of other programs.  Particular emphasis is placed on program and facility development, budgeting, resource management, staff relationships and policies, parent policies and participation, volunteers, governmental regulations, licensing, certification and accreditation.

(4.5 Quarter Credit Units), (3.0 Semester Units)

Adult Supervision in Childcare Settings

This course covers the methods and principles of supervision adults in the early childhood education setting.  Emphasis is given to the role of experienced teachers and administrators who function as mentors to new early childhood education teachers while simultaneously addressing the needs of children, parents and other staff.  After completion of this course, student will be able to: maintain a safe and developmentally appropriate environment for young children while fostering the growth of early childhood education teachers; understand the role of the mentor in leadership, guidance and evaluation in the field of early childhood education. Analyze the mentoring roles and responsibilities of supervisors and mentees; demonstrate clear, positive, effective communication skills with teachers, parents & children.

(4.5 Quarter Credit Units), (3.0 Semester Units)

Child Health, Safety and Nutrition

Upon successful completion of this course, students will: demonstrate a fundamental knowledge in basic skills of child health, safety and nutrition; demonstrate a basic knowledge of Title 22 requirements concerning health, safety and nutrition; plan and prepare a menu of healthy snacks and meals according to Title 22 requirements and the Food Guide Pyramid; demonstrate the capacity to develop an Emergency/ Disaster plan.

(4.5 Quarter Credit Units), (3.0 Semester Units)