Opportunities at Columbia College
Take advantage of the following opportunities to explore the teaching profession and gain hands-on experience. Please consult with a counselor to determine which of the below options is best suited for your individual goals.
Education 11: Intro to Elementary Class Teaching:
This course introduces students to the concepts and issues related to teaching diverse learners in today's contemporary schools, Transitional Kindergarten through grade 12 (TK-12). Course requires a minimum of 45 hours of structured fieldwork in public school elementary classrooms.
Associates Degree for Transfer in Elementary Teacher Education:
The Associates of Arts Transfer Degree in Elementary Teacher Education provides students with a core curriculum in the concepts and issues related to teaching diverse learners in today’s contemporary schools, K-12. Topics include teaching as a profession and career, historical and contemporary educational issues and California’s content standards and framework. The goal of the Associate Degree for Transfer is to prepare students for transfer to a California State University to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies. For more information on coursework included in this major, please visit the college catalog.
Associates Degree in Liberal Studies: Elementary Teacher Preparation:
This area of emphasis is intended to provide partial fulfillment of Freshman/Sophomore major preparation requirements toward transferring to a university in a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies, K-8 Teacher Preparation program. For more information on coursework included in this major, please visit the college catalog.
Child Development Coursework, Majors and Opportunities:
Children are our future – if you're committed to making a positive impact in the lives of children and their families, then the Child Development program at Columbia College is right for you. Students who choose this program will benefit from our highly-motivated teaching faculty, wide array of courses, and our state-of-the-art facility.
The program offers an entry-level Associate Child Development Teacher Certificate of Achievement as a starting point for a variety of careers working with children and families. The Associate of Science Child Development degree prepares students to work in the field, while the Associate of Science Transfer (AS-T) degree in Early Childhood Education provides a quick path to transfer to a California State University. For details on the requirements for our certificate and degrees refer to the Columbia College Catalog.
The Child Development program is recommended for students wishing to enter the fields of: child care; elementary school teaching; child and family counseling and psychology; special education teaching; and medical careers relating to children. The College's instructional program not only offers great classes that you'll need for employment and/or transfer, but also provides hands-on experience in our high-quality Child Development Facility. For detailed information on career goals and applicable coursework, please visit the Child Development website.
Child Development Club:
Students in the Child Development program also collaborate together to participate in outreach events around our campus and our community. Follow the Child Development Club on Facebook.