Division of Continuing and Global Education
24 Unit Early Education Certificate Program
- September 28, October 5, October 23, November 2, November 19, December 7 or December 18.
State of California Requirement
Subject Matter Competence
The 24 unit TK-ECE Certificate offers intensive preparation for teachers who have, or are obtaining a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and want to enhance their ECE qualifications for teaching in TK or K classrooms.
The program consists of 24 units of required coursework and is a learning community of ECE professionals who demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions that promote development and learning for children attending TK, Kindergarten, Preschool and other ECE programs; Create developmentally appropriate and responsive early learning environments that address common core standards for state-funded programs; Are responsive to ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity, and have expertise in English language development; Utilize strategies to include children with a variety of special needs; Apply current ECE research to ECE practice and implement the latest technology. Engage in reflection, documentation, self-assessment and life-long learning; Advocate for children, families and quality ECE practices.
Payment Due Dates
The ECE 24-Unit TK Certificate Program has eight required courses offered through the Division of Continuing and Global Education (CGE). ECE graduate students admitted to Fresno State may be allowed to substitute some of the courses in their graduate studies leading to the MA degree as indicated in parentheses. Below, please see the schedule for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 courses. Please note that classes also have asynchronous work outside of the synchronous meeting days and times, and some courses start date is before the first synchronous meeting. All synchronous meetings will be via Zoom.
|Date Range||Meeting Days and Times||Course||Description|
|10/2 - 10/31, 2023||Saturdays; 9:00am - 12:00pm||LEE 101S||Early Learning for School Success|
|11/1 - 11/30, 2023||Wednesdays; 5:00 - 7:00pm||LEE 180T||Family Partnerships and Positive Guidance|
|12/4 -12/22, 2023||Mondays and Wednesdays; 6:00 - 8:00pm||LEE 180T||Communicative Literacy in ECE|
|1/2 - 1/31, 2024||Wednesdays; 6:00 - 9:00pm||LEE 180T||Diversity , Inclusion, and Language Development in ECE|
|2/5 - 2/29, 2024||Tuesdays; 5:00 - 9:00pm||LEE 171||Trends and Issues in ECE|
|3/1 - 3/31, 2024||Wednesdays; 5:00 - 7:00pm||LEE 180T||STEAM in ECE|
|April 2024 (TBD)||TBD||LEE 153||TK and K Learning Environments|
|May, 2024 (TBD)||TBD||LEE 180T||Field Experience in ECE|
This introductory class examines research and best practices as recommended by the California Learning Foundations to support academic success. Course topics include: child development and learning, early literacy, adult-child interaction, early learning approaches, ECE environment, observational assessment, and early intervention strategies.
This supervised ECE field experience in a preschool, TK, or K classroom Includes work with children and families, meetings and consultations with other ECE professionals in TK and K and related programs. Prerequisite: Completion of one of the required TK courses. (MA course, LEE 241 may be substituted if 45 hours of field experience are completed in a preschool, TK or K placement) (3 units)
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State of California Requirement
This program fulfills the 24 unit early education/child development requirement for transitional kindergarten teachers in the State of California. For more information, visit the CA website.Universal Prekindergarten FAQs