CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND CARE DUAL ENROLLMENT
PREPARING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
The Child Development and Care Dual Enrollment Course Series is a college/career readiness initiative. High schools can lease curriculum for four child development and education courses which are approved for twelve-semester units of UC Merced undergraduate credit. Courses may be transferable for academic credit at California community colleges, California State Universities and University of California.
Child Development Dual Enrollment courses meet the academic requirement for an early childhood associate teacher permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
WHAT DOES THIS SERIES COVER?
These four-course dual enrollment courses cover the following core areas required to meet the qualifications for the California Teacher's Credentialing permit, Child Development Associate Teacher Permit (with School-Age Authorization). Students will be prepared with the skills and knowledge to work with children from birth to school-age while earning college credit.
- Child/human growth and development
- Child, family and community or child and family relations
- Programs and curriculum
HOW DOES DUAL ENROLLMENT WORK?
The courses are delivered as an upper class, year-long elective by a highly qualified credentialed high school teacher. Elective students will experience world-class undergraduate course content while discovering new career opportunities. Nearly all juniors and seniors in the pilot program have successfully applied to two and four-year colleges.
If you are interested in bringing this program to your California-based school district, UC Merced Extension will work closely with school administration to ensure a successful partnership and streamlined process. Please contact us for further information.
PATHWAYS AND POSSIBILITIES
The courses can be used to facilitate cross-age instruction throughout the community. In Chowchilla, high school kids are acquiring supervised early childhood permit hours by working in TK-6 after-school enrichment interventions.
• Transitional Kindergarten
• Preschool Teachers
• Teacher Assistants
• K-8 After School Enrichment
• Daycare Provider
• Childcare Worker
"I would recommend the elective...it gets you in touch with how college is and makes you feel a little bit more comfortable, and now that I'm applying to colleges...I feel way more comfortable walking into a college campus and to go to college."
V. Romo | Chowchilla Union High 2019
"They earn twelve units which equivalent to a whole semester, that alone encourages students to say 'oh, I already have a whole semester under my belt, why not keep going' even if they had doubts."
Y. Benomar | Teacher | Chowchilla Union High