Academic Catalogs

Preschool Teacher, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_ECPT
Control Number: 22423

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.

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.

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 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