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Preschool Certificate Program

Pre-School Teacher/Director Certificate Program

Bethesda University offers programs designed to train teachers and directors of preschools, child care centers, and family child care homes. In order to receive the preschool teacher certificate, students must complete the following courses with an average grade of C or better: EC 101, 102, 103, and 201. Infant and toddler care providers also need to complete EC 320 class. Preschool director certificate requires completion of the courses for the teacher certificate and EC 202.



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

Understand children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.

Demonstrate the principles of curriculum development, analysis of learning environment, and instructional strategies.

Identify the value of play in Early Childhood education.

Understand changing family patterns such as single-parent family, blended family, etc.

Have classroom management skills including discipline.

Develop learning centers.

Have staff management skills such as hiring, evaluation, and supervision.

Design operating policies such as contracts and job description.


Chair of Early Childhood Education

Dr. Ahn, Song Ju

Office: 304


(714) 683-1214


Course Description

EC 101 Development in Early Childhood / 3 hours
A study of the basic principles of development and learning including the young child's cognitive, language, social, emotional, and physical development. 15 hours of field experience is required.

EC 102 Child and Relations with Home, School and Community / 3 hours
An investigation of methods to bring about understanding, appreciation, and cooperation between the home, school, and community.

EC 103 Child Creative Experience / 3 hours
A study of values of creative experience for children. Dramatic play, art, blocks, and music activities are explored, as well as, skills in curriculum planning, class organization, language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science.

EC 201 Curriculum and Teaching in Early Childhood / 3 hours
A study of curriculum development and principles, analysis of learning environment, instructional strategies, organization, and evaluation of programs for childhood education.

EC 202 Organization and Management of the Child Care Center / 3 hours
A study of the procedures in organizing child care centers, understanding legal requirements, and learning administrative skills in human relations.

EC 320 Educational Programs for Infants and Toddlers / 3 hours
This course discusses principles and characteristics of developmentally-appropriate education of infants and toddlers in child care setting. Various topics related to the development of infants and toddlers are investigated such as attachment, perception, cognition, motor skills, language, emotions, and social skills.


Progress and Grading System

The grading system for the Preschool Certification program follows the normal grading criteria. Minimum grade average required for certifying completion of courses is C.

Interruption for Unsatisfactory Progress
When the grade average of a student is unsatisfactory for a calendar month, the student will be placed on probation. If, during the next month, the student's grade average is still unsatisfactory, the student will be suspended from the program.

Conditions for Re-enrollment
Re-enrollment or re-entrance must be approved by the program director after evidence is shown that conditions which caused the interruption for unsatisfactory progress have been rectified.