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Preschool Teacher, Associate in Science Degree

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Banner Code: 1_AS_ECPT
Control Number: 11641

A certificate is earned by students who have developed skills necessary to work as 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.

Complete the Preschool Teacher Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.

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 preschool teacher.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
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
Requirement Units
Program Major Units 36-37.5
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60