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Working with Exceptional Children Specialization, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CM_CDWE

Control Number: 42118

Not Financial Aid Eligible

Designed to prepare students to work with children with special needs in early childhood and inclusive settings. This includes strategies for inclusion, recognizing atypical development and special populations and their needs, adapting curriculum, and empowering educators to support families. A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses. 

Program Outcome

Pathway for future Special Education teachers, and satisfies the specialization unit requirement for the Child Development Permit at the Master Teacher level. In conjunction with core units, the holder can be employed as a Preschool teacher, if paired with Child Development Lead Teacher certificate, holder can be employed as Lead Preschool Teacher or Mentor Teacher.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  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.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  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 their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Course Title Units
Required Courses
CDE A174Collaborating with Families in Inclusive Environments3
CDE A210Introduction to the Exceptional Child3
CDE A211Strategies for Inclusion3
Restricted Electives
Select one course:2
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavioral Analysis
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behavioral Analysis
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behavioral Analysis
Total Units11