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Early Childhood Administration, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_ECAD
Control Number: 22424

Students who already have Early Childhood certificates may qualify to become directors or administrators of early childhood centers by earning this Early Childhood Administration certificate.

Program Outcome

  1. The objective of the program is to meet the needs of the local child care programs by preparing students for entry-level employment as a professional and competent child care director.

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.

Required Prerequisites

Early Childhood Education Certificate of Achievement Infant/Toddler Teacher

Course Title Units
Required Courses
EC A126Teaching in a Diverse Society3
or EC A127 Health, Safety, and Nutrition
EC A130Language Arts for Children3
or EC A131 Creativity for Children
EC A155Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children3
EC A156Early Childhood Laboratory2
EC A157Guidance for Young Children3
EC A165Observing and Recording Child Behavior3
EC A220Infant/Toddler Programs3
EC A221Infant/Toddler Field Experience3
HMDV A180Child Growth and Development3
HMDV A184Infant Development and Relationships3
HMDV A190Family, School, and Community Partnerships3
Select one of the following:0.5-2
Current Issues in Early Childhood
Learning Title 22
Disaster Preparedness for Child Care
Child Abuse I.D. and Referral
Emergency Medical Care - Pediatrics
Total Units32.5-34

Or

Early Childhood Education Certificate of Achievement Preschool Teacher

Course Title Units
Required Courses
EC A130Language Arts for Children3
EC A131Creativity for Children3
EC A132Science and Math for Young Children3
EC A155Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children3
EC A156Early Childhood Laboratory2
EC A157Guidance for Young Children3
EC A165Observing and Recording Child Behavior3
EC A200Early Childhood Programs-The Curriculum3
EC A201Early Childhood Practicum - Field Experience3
HMDV A180Child Growth and Development3
HMDV A190Family, School, and Community Partnerships3
Select one of the following:3
Teaching in a Diverse Society
Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Introduction to the Exceptional Child
Select two of the following:1-2.5
Current Issues in Early Childhood
Learning Title 22
Disaster Preparedness for Child Care
Child Abuse I.D. and Referral
Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs
Total Units36-37.5

Subtotal 32.5-37

Course Title Units
Required Courses
EC A126Teaching in a Diverse Society3
EC A127Health, Safety, and Nutrition3
EC A275Early Childhood Administration-Program3
EC A276Early Childhood Management3
EC A277Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs2-3
or MGMT A115 Human Relations and Supervision
Select a minimum of 1.5 units of the following:1.5
Current Issues in Early Childhood
Learning Title 22
Disaster Preparedness for Child Care
Child Abuse I.D. and Referral
Emergency Medical Care - Pediatrics
Total Units15.5-16.5

Total Units - 48-52.5