Early Learning Curriculum Foundations

3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for San Diego County Office of Education's TK Pathway for Credentialed Teachers Participants Only

Influenced by The California Early Childhood Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP), and in consideration of credentialed teachers working with children in Transitional Kindergarten (TK), this course will focus on developmentally appropriate curricula and environments for early childhood education. Students will build upon their knowledge of children’s development and theories of learning, using The California Preschool Learning Foundations. Considering various models of developmentally appropriate practice, students will use The California Preschool Curriculum Framework to plan for learning in all content areas. The California Foundations and Frameworks will be used to support the teachers' planning of environments and curriculum indoors, outdoors, and in various domains.

Course Details

Number of Units:  3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend:  This course provides continuing education for invited educators in San Diego County, that have a current California multiple subject teaching credential, and who are currently teaching or intend to teach Transitional Kindergarten. Those who are currently teaching or intend to teach Transitional Kindergarten, but do not have knowledge, experience, and/or enough coursework to meet the newly established requirements to teach Transitional Kindergarten, would benefit most from this course.  The ideal student for this course would have [1] knowledge of education and pedagogy, [2] experience in the K-12 sector, and [3] need additional coursework in child development and/or early childhood education.

Enrollment Requirement:  Be prepared to provide the 5-digit code sent with your SDCOE invitation during enrollment. If you feel that you are eligible for this program and did not receive the code, please contact the San Diego County Office of Education at [email protected] to proceed with your enrollment. Participants that are not eligible for enrollment, will be dropped from the course and refunded, less a $25 processing fee.

Third Party Payments:  USD will accept purchase orders or district credit card payments at the time of enrollment, please contact program coordinator at [email protected] to set up third party payment of an individual enrollment or group enrollments.


EDC-X724U, Early Development, Principles, and Practices

Students enrolling in this course must have a bachelor's degree and California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

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What You Will Learn

  • Apply various early childhood curriculum models, approaches, and professional practices to inform and evaluate curriculum and environments and explain how the curriculum is integrated across all development domains and content areas for young children
  • Develop plans for physical environments, both indoor and outdoor, that are appropriate for children's individual ages and stages, skills/abilities, needs, and learning goals
  • Explain how the principles of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are applied in various situations and how specific learning experiences could be adapted to address individual children's learning and development needs


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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