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Associate Preschool Teacher, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_ECAP
Control Number: 37914

A certificate is earned by students who have developed skills necessary to work as associate teachers of preschool children in early childhood settings. Courses emphasize strong theoretical and practical skills needed to work with children 2-5 years. Courses fulfill Title 22 licensing requirements and Title 5 early childhood education course requirements for the Child Development Permit at the teacher level.

Program Outcome

  1. The successful student in the program will be able to be employed as a professional and competent Associate Preschool Teacher.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
EC A131Creativity for Children3
EC A155Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children3
EC A156Early Childhood Laboratory2
EC A157Guidance for Young Children3
EC A199Current Issues in Early Childhood0.5-2
EC A200Early Childhood Programs-The Curriculum3
HMDV A180Child Growth and Development3
HMDV A190Family, School, and Community Partnerships3
EC A130Language Arts for Children3
or EC A132 Science and Math for Young Children
Total Units23.5-25