2004 - 2005 Catalog

Programs of Study

Child Development

The West Hills College Coalinga Child Development Program offers a comprehensive background in the field of child growth and development as it pertains to young children. Students will be offered information and skills for potential employment in federal, state, non-profit, or privately owned early childhood educational program/schools. Courses in this program will help the student qualify for a West Hills College Child Development Certificate and partially qualify the student for a Child Development Permit from the State of California, Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing. See Child Development Permit requirements under Associate Degree in Child Development.

Associate Degree

Refer to the General Education Requirements for specific information regarding general education, unit, and scholarship requirements. Completion of the following program requirements, in addition to the general education and college requirements, qualifies the student for an associate degree.

Child Development Permit

A Child Development Permit (issued by the State of California, Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing) consists of a sequence of titles and educational requirements. The following is a partial overview of the required courses needed.* A complete Child Development Permit matrix and explanations of core courses and specific general education classes needed to complete state requirements can be obtained from the Early Childhood Education Department.

 

* Child Development Permit

Title  Education Requirement
Assistant     6 units of Child Development

Associate Teacher

12 units of CD including core courses

Teacher   

24 units of CD including core courses and 16 units of general education
**Master Teacher  24 units of CD including core courses, 16 units of general education; 6 specialization units;**  plus 2 units adult supervision.
Site Supervisor AA (or 60 units) with 24 units of CD (including core courses); 6 units administration; plus 2 units adult supervision.
Program Director BA with 24 units of CD (including core courses); 6 units administration; plus 2 units adult supervision.

*The Child Development Permit also requires documented experience.
**Specialization Units:  The Child Development Permit, Master Teacher level requires the following units:

 

Title of Specialization: Family Issues

Course Number

Title

Units

CD 4

Parenting

3

Electives: (choose 3 units)

CD 17A

Sex Education for Parents and Teachers

1

CD 17B

Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention

1

CD 17C

Single Parenting

1

CD 20B

Child Centered Guidance

1

CD 23

Domestic Abuse Recognition and Prevention

1

 

TOTAL

6

The six specialization units can be part of the West Hills College Coalinga Child Development Certificate as well as part of the Child Development Permit issued by the State of California, Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing.  See the Child Development Certificate requirements and request a copy of the Child Development Matrix from the Child Development Department.

 

Certificate

Course Number

Title

Units

CD 5

Child Development

3

CD 10

Child, Family and Society

3

CD 12A

Principles/Practices of ECE

3

CD 12B

Principles/Practices of ECE Practicum

3

CD 15

Literature and Language Arts for Young Children

3

CD 18

Health, Safety and Nutrition

3

CD 48

Infant and Child CPR/First Aid for ECE

1

Electives taken from the list below

11

 

TOTAL

30

Recommended Electives: CD 4, 11, 16, 17A/B/C, 20A/B/C, 21, 23

 

Administrative Certificate in Child Development

Students who earn this certificate may qualify to become a director/administrator of a state, federal, non-profit, or privately owned children's program. Courses within this certificate meet state mandated requirements. It is advised that students follow the Child Development Permit course matrix sequence and check the advisory recommendations before taking administrative course work. A matrix can be obtained from the Child Development Department.  In order to receive the Child Development Administrative Certificate, a student must have earned a West Hills College Child Development Certificate and complete the following courses:

 

Course Number

Title

Units

CD 14A

Administration & Supervision of Children's Programs

3

CD 14B

Administration & Supervision of Children's Programs Practicum3

 

CD 22

Supervising Adults Working in Children's Programs

2

 

Computer and/or Business Electives

4

 

TOTAL

12

Electives:  It is recommended that students choose computer and/or business classes that meet their educational needs.

 

Family Day Care Certificate

The Family Day Care Certificate provides an introduction to family day care, including health and safety issues, childhood nutrition, the development of children, child-centered guidance, curriculum, sound business practices, child abuse reporting, and working with adults in the family day care setting.  Other issues addressed will include state regulations and guidelines for operating a family day care.

 

A Family Day Care Certificate provides certification to persons desiring to own and operate a licensed family day care. Under instruction and classroom observational assignments, the student will gain practical experiences as to the job-related responsibilities for operating an in-home facility.

Required Specialization Units:

 

Course Number

Title

Units

CD 19

Home Day Care

2

CD 20B

Child Centered Guidance

1

CD 20C

Personal and Professional Development

1

CD 17B

Child Abuse

1

CD 48

Infant and Child CPR/First Aid for ECE

1

 

TOTAL

6

Transfer
Students who have selected the particular four-year college to which they eventually wish to transfer should use the college catalog of that institution as the principle guide for determining the first two years of their program.

ASSIST is a computerized student-transfer information system that can be accessed over the World Wide Web. It displays reports of how course credits earned at one California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s colleges and universities and therefore provides the most accurate and up-to-date information available about student transfer in California.
ASSIST is available at www.assist.org.

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