Students wishing to prepare for employment in child development/early childhood programs may select from several patterns of study at Pasadena City College.
Certificate of Achievement-Child Development
This Certificate focuses on children from infancy through school age. To earn the Certificate (and qualify for the State of California Child Development Permit at the Associate Teacher Level), students must take 36 units in Child Development courses. An additional 16 general education units qualifies students for the Teacher-level permit. The Master Teacher level requires an additional 6-unit specialization option (Infant/Toddler, School-Age Children, Multicultural Awareness, Language/Literacy, Preschool Music Education, or Children with Special Needs).
Certificate of Completion-Child Development Instructional Assistant
This 16-unit curriculum provides students with the necessary skills to seek employment as assistants in instructional programs for young children. The program focuses on child psychology, curriculum planning, developmentally appropriate practices, safety, and anti-bias environments, and provides practical experience. CPR, First Aid training, and TB and fingerprint clearances are required. Completion of this curriculum with a 'C' or better grade qualifies the student for the California Child Development Permit at the Associate Teacher level.
Certificate of Completion-School-Age Instructional Assistant
This 16-unit curriculum provides students with the necessary skills to seek employment working with school-age children. The program focuses on psychology for the school-age child, discipline strategies, tutoring skills, safety, and anti-bias environments, along with practical experience. CPR, First Aid training, and TB and fingerprint clearances are required. Completion of this curriculum with a 'C' or better grade qualifies the student for the California Child Development Permit at the Associate Teacher level, with a School-Age emphasis.
Certificate of Completion-Special Education Assistant
This 15-unit curriculum is designed to train and place individuals into a special education paraprofessional position in the public or private sector. Settings vary significantly in the age of student served (infants, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary age, secondary age, and adults) and types of disabilities served (deaf, blind or visually impaired, severely emotionally disturbed, mobility-impaired, communication disorders, etc.). Students must complete this curriculum with a 'C' or better grade; additional requirements include TB and fingerprint clearances.
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)
The SLPA program at Pasadena City College is a 60-unit, two-year Associate Degree program. Upon completion of the required curriculum, which includes both assisting children and adults with communication disorders and supervised clinical field work experience in both a public school and hospital/clinical setting, students will receive both a Certificate of Achievement as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant and an AS Degree.
Teacher Preparation Program
This program streamlines the process of becoming a teacher. Students can earn an Associate Degree at Pasadena City College and seamlessly transfer to a 4-year college to earn both a Bachelor's Degree and a Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential or become eligible for the Education Specialist Internship Credential.
For additional information, contact either of the following offices:
PCC Counseling and Career Services - Room L104, (626) 585-7251 or
Teacher Preparation Office -Room C337, (626) 585-3056
For more information regarding the Child Development Program:
For specific courses required or recommended for the above Certificate programs, see the Child Development listings under "Occupational Curricula" in the Pasadena City College Catalog, available in the campus Bookstore or on the college's Web site at www.pasadena.edu
Pasadena City College Social Sciences Division - (626) 585-7248
Kelli Ennis, Child Development (626) 585-3099
Kaitzer Puglia, Child Development/Child Development Center (626) 585-7479
Linda Stroud, Child Development (626) 585-7404
Nicki Harmon, Child Development Center - Director (626) 585-3180