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Early Childhood Intervention Certificate of Specialization

This certificate prepares students for entry-level positions and greater opportunities for advancement in the early childhood field. It is designed to demonstrate an area of expertise in working with young children with special needs in typical early childhood programs or those specifically designed for young children with special needs.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Observe and document specific behaviors, skills, and interests of young children.
  • Plan and implement schedule, curriculum, and guidance strategies adapted for a young child with special needs.

Career Opportunities

Students may find employment as an inclusion specialist, inclusion aide, or intervention assistant in a wide variety of programs serving young children with special needs. These programs include but are not limited to corporate child care, Head Start, State Preschools, special day classes, intervention programs, home visit programs, community-based programs such as park, recreation and camping programs, and faith-based early childhood programs.

Certificate Requirements

CD-125Child Growth and Development 13
CD-134Health, Safety and Nutrition of Young Children3
CD-141Working with Children with Special Needs3
Select two of the following:6
Art for Child Development 1
Science and Mathematics for Child Development 1
Music and Movement for Child Development 1
Language and Literature for Child Development 1
Child, Family and Community 1
Child Abuse and Family Violence in Our Society
Working with Young Children with Challenging Behaviors
Total Units15

Meets the educational components of the Department of Social Services license regulations for child care programs.

At least 50% of the units required for the Certificate of Specialization must be completed at Cuyamaca College.