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Educational Studies, Certificate of Accomplishment


This certificate is designed to meet the needs of students following various pathways to classroom teaching or an education-related field:

  • The paraprofessional or aspiring paraprofessional teacher aide
  • The aspiring paraprofessional or currently employed paraprofessional teacher aide seeking a career ladder approach to a teaching credential and/or child development permit.
  • The teacher aide paraprofessional who has decided against pursuing an AA and/or credential but would like to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to serving as a teacher assistant or support staff in a classroom, school, or related environment.
  • Teacher preparation for students on a transfer pathway for a BA and Credential who also desire certificate recognition in Educational Studies.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Work effectively with students, teachers, parents, colleagues, and administrators in a school and classroom setting.
  2. Apply knowledge, skills, and experience to make an informed choice to be employed or to continue study in the field of education.
  3. Apply the certificate towards entry into a teaching credential or child development permit program, and/or the certificate may serve to document the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant for employment as a teacher assistant or support staff in a classroom, school, or related environment.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

A Certificate is awarded upon completion of the required coursework with a grade of C or higher in each course. To receive the certificate, the student must file a petition for graduation during his/her final semester. In addition:

Certificate of Accomplishment

  • Students must also earn a minimum of 12 units of coursework at Coastline, excluding experiential credit.
  • A student with prior experience may be excused from certain certificate courses.
  • 50 percent of the certificate program’s units must be completed at Coastline no matter how the total number of units required for the certificate can be met.
Course Title Units
Required Core
Students will complete all of the following:
EDUC C103Introduction to Computers In Education: Technology Proficiencies for Teachers 12
EDUC C104Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Diverse Contemporary Classrooms1
EDUC C180Family, School, and Community Partnerships3
EDUC C200The Teaching Profession3.5
PSYC C116Child Growth and Development3
or PSYC C118 Life Span Developmental Psychology
Program Electives
Select three units of the following: 13
Tutor Training
Introduction to Special Education
Children's Literature
Personal Health
Introduction to Human Services
Introduction to Linguistics
Statistics for Elementary Teachers
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
Geometry for Elementary Teachers
Any International Language course of 1 unit or more:
Elementary Arabic 1
Elementary Arabic 2
Elementary Chinese 1
Elementary Chinese 2
Elementary French 1
Elementary French 2
Intermediate French 1
Intermediate French 2
Elementary Japanese 1
Elementary Japanese 2
American Sign Language 1
American Sign Language 2
Elementary Spanish 1
Elementary Spanish 1A
Elementary Spanish 1B
Elementary Spanish 2
Intermediate Spanish 1
Intermediate Spanish 2
Vietnamese For Vietnamese Speakers
Elementary Vietnamese 1
Elementary Vietnamese 2
Total Units15.5