EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TEACHER
Build Your Future in Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education Teacher Certificate Program prepares the student to provide service in the care, development and instruction of children in a licensed early care and education program. The certificate requires the completion of 30 units of which 27 are in required courses. An additional 3 units minimum must be selected from restricted electives. A grade of “C” or better is required in each course taken. In many of the courses taken in this program, students will study, observe and learn utilizing the Child Development Laboratory Instructional Classrooms.
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:
- Know and understand the established as well as recent theories of child development.
- Recognize and challenge issues of bias that children, individuals and families experience.
- Analyze and think critically about the teacher’s comprehensive role in early learning and development settings.
- Recognize and evaluate the interrelationships of the child, family, school and greater community
- Design quality early childhood programs and curriculum.
Degrees & Certificates
Tom Chiaromonte, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair
Karin Pavelek, M.S., Professor
Jennifer Kinkel, M.A., Professor
Frequently Asked Questions
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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).
Costs may vary; please visit website for more information: http://admissions.fullcoll.edu/fees-refunds/.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
This can be completed in 3 semesters, depending on the amount of units taken.
WHAT ARE THE JOBS AND HOW MUCH DO THEY PAY?
Career opportunities upon completion of this certificate include:
Average Salary: $50,020 – $104,220
• Teacher Assistant
• Lead Teacher
WHAT IS THE JOB OUTLOOK IN CALIFORNIA?
Employment of childcare workers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Parents who work will continue to need the assistance of childcare workers. In addition, the demand for preschools and childcare facilities, and consequently childcare workers, should remain strong because early childhood education is widely recognized as important for a child’s intellectual and emotional development.
However, the increasing cost of childcare and the growth in the number of stay-at-home parents may reduce demand for childcare workers.
Average Salary in this Field
$104,220 Per Year
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