ECE Preschool Teacher

Certificate of Completion 

Program Code: 3P40951

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Preschool Director certificate is designed, as the third level in a series of certificate options, to prepare students the academic tools to plan and administer a childcare program in a variety of state licensed facilities including preschool or childcare center. In the program, students are required to complete the eight core courses and two elective courses, which prepare the students with a solid foundation in early care and education. In addition, students can be expected to learn and develop needed knowledge and skills to manage and supervise in an administrative position and participate in workplace efficiently. This includes administrative tools, and techniques needed to organize, open, and operate an early care education program. To be eligible for this certificate, two enriched elective courses are required as well. Students completing this program will meet the requirements of the Department of Social Services to work in a licensed private preschool or childcare center as a Director.

To earn a certificate, students complete the required and elective courses as listed with a grade of P (pass). The exception is for WFPR 100 and/or WFPR 101 courses. If those courses are required or listed as an elective, students will not receive a grade and instead must complete at least 36 hours in either WFPR 100 or WFPR 101. For programs/courses that allow credit for prior learning, at least 75% of all course work must be completed at North Orange Continuing Education.

Core Courses (Required 278 hours)
ECED 100 Early Childhood Development54
ECED 105 Family and Community Relationships36
ECED 120 Curriculum for Early Childhood Education, Introduction54
ECED 115 Child Health and Safety36
ECED 110 Early Childhood Education: Principles and Practice54
ECED 205 Children with Special Needs36
Elective Courses (Required 36 Hours)
Must choose one of four courses:36
Language Arts and Literacy in Early Childhood36
Early Childhood Education: Music and Movement36
Early Childhood Education: Science and Math36
Early Childhood Education: Creative Experiences36
Career Skills and Resource Lab36
Virtual Career Skills and Resource Lab
Total Hours306
First Year
Semester 1HoursSemester 2Hours
ECED 10054ECED 11054
ECED 10536ECED 20536
ECED 12054ECED 215, 225, 200, 220, WFPR 100, or WFPR 101 (Electives Courses - Must Choose 1)36
ECED 11536 
 180 126
Total Hours 306

ECED 100 54 Hours Early Childhood Development

An introduction to the developmental stages of children from prenatal to middle childhood with emphasis on the physical, cognitive, language and social/emotional milestones. Application of developmental and learning theories addressed. This course is part of a program approved by the California Department of Social Services for employment in private facilities. (Apportionment)

ECED 105 36 Hours Family and Community Relationships

Examination of the sociological relationships between family and society; institutional, racial, social, and economical factors affecting the family and the child. Textbook required. This course is part of a program approved by the California Department of Social Services for employment in private facilities. (Apportionment)

ECED 110 54 Hours Early Childhood Education: Principles and Practice

Course examines the history, basic principles, and philosophies of various types of early childhood programs, emphasizing the role of the adult and characteristics of quality programs. This course is part of a program approved by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing, for employment in private facilities only. Textbook required. This course is part of a program approved by the California Department of Social Services for employment in private facilities. (Apportionment)

ECED 115 36 Hours Child Health and Safety

For teachers and directors of pre-schools, this course will focus on the skills and knowledge needed for developing emergency plans and responding to health and safety issues in the classroom. Textbook required. This course is part of a program approved by the California Department of Social Services for employment in private facilities. (Apportionment)

ECED 120 54 Hours Curriculum for Early Childhood Education, Introduction

Prerequisite(s): ECED 100: Early Childhood Development.

This course provides the foundation for curriculum planning, implementation, observation, assessment and evaluation. Emphasis includes modalities, learning styles, environments, activities, schedules, routines and adaptations to facilitate learning for all children. This course is part of a program approved by the California Department of Social Services for employment in private facilities. Textbook required. This course is part of a program approved by the California Department of Social Services for employment in private facilities. (Apportionment)

ECED 200 36 Hours Early Childhood Education: Science and Math

Plan, organize and implement activities that help children develop skills, appreciation and enthusiasm for science and math. Textbook Required. This course is part of a program approved by the California Department of Social Services for employment in private facilities. (Apportionment)

ECED 205 36 Hours Children with Special Needs

This course offers a broad study of children with special needs and early childhood education as it relates to inclusion. This course covers federal and state laws and regulations, terminology and definitions, appropriate practices and intervention. This course is part of a program approved by Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing. This course is part of a program approved by the California Department of Social Services for employment in private facilities. (Apportionment)

ECED 215 36 Hours Language Arts and Literacy in Early Childhood

This course examines the teacher's role in promoting and facilitating children's emerging literacy and language development through the use of storytelling, books, songs, flannel board stories and puppetry. This course is part of a program approved by the California Department of Social Services, for employment in a private facility. (Apportionment)

ECED 220 36 Hours Early Childhood Education: Creative Experiences

In this course, students explore and experience how developmentally appropriate creative experiences can enhance children's learning while developing fine motor, creative expression and problem-solving skills. This course is part of a program approved by the California Department of Social Services for employment in private facilities. (Apportionment)

ECED 225 36 Hours Early Childhood Education: Music and Movement

Explores areas of music and movement appropriate to a child's development through participating and experimenting. Textbook Required. This course is part of a program approved by the California Department of Social Services for employment in private facilities. (Apportionment)

WFPR 100 18-180 Hours Career Skills and Resource Lab

Free, flexible scheduling to complete and receive help on homework and training on computer, industry related and employability skills. (Apportionment)

WFPR 101 36 Hours Virtual Career Skills and Resource Lab

Lab designed for online students to have access to seminars, assistance, and resources related to Career Technical Education and/or employment skills. (Apportionment)