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Professional Certificate in Teaching Transitional Kindergarten

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Transitional Kindergarten: Child Growth and Development

In-depth study of child development research and theory is presented, including discussion of the biological, physical, social-emotional and cognitive development of children. In order to understand the various influences on development, familial, social and cultural contexts will be explored.

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4.5 units

Diversity and Responsive Teaching in a Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

Early childhood education practices that emphasize developmentally and culturally appropriate interactions, as well as anti-bias curricula are presented. You will develop awareness of quality teaching practices by exploring the similarities and differences regarding the children and families with whom they work in order to support fairness and issues of equity in the classroom. Research on the achievement gap, creating an inclusive environment, and English Language Learners will also be presented.

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4.5 units

Home, School, and Community Collaborations for Transitional Kindergarten Teachers

Designed to develop the theoretical knowledge, practices and communication skills required for successful home and school relationship building. An understanding of the social and cultural capital of underrepresented student populations will help you engage with families and children from diverse backgrounds. You will also discuss engaging community partners, parent involvement, PICT, mental health, mentoring, family systems, collaborative groups and foster youth.

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4.5 units

Language, Literacy and Support for Preschool English Learners

Learn how to implement the English Language Arts Common Core Standards and the California English Language Development Standards in a Transitional Kindergarten classroom. You will acquire a deeper knowledge of language development in children, as well as better understand your role as a teacher fostering and facilitating that development. You will explore strategies for teaching in a dual immersion classroom, differentiated instruction for TK-K combination classrooms and support for English Language Learners.

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4.5 units

The Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum

Focus on evidence-based curriculum and developmentally appropriate activities that meet the specific needs of the TK classroom. Offers in-depth discussions on the DRDP assessment tool; bridging the California Preschool Learning Foundations and the California Common Core State Standards; individualized and differentiated instruction; strategies for English Language Learners and children with special needs; and dual immersion and TK-K combination classes.

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4.5 units

Intentional Teacher Engagement in a Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

Offers strategies for effective instruction in a Transitional Kindergarten classroom. You will explore design of the learning environment and effective pedagogical techniques, including strategies for lesson planning and delivery, and collaboration and grouping. Inclusion, TK-K combination classes, English Language Learners, dual immersion, multi-tier system of supports, and Response to Intervention will be discussed.

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4.5 units

Observation and Assessment in a Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

You will learn effective formative and ongoing assessment tools and observation strategies for evaluating the learning outcomes in children.

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4.5 units

Practicum and Coaching for Transitional Kindergarten Teachers

Complete field experience in model educational settings where Transitional Kindergarten children are served. You will work closely with a practicum instructor and school site coach to gain experience in professional learning communities, Transitional Kindergarten network meetings, and other collaborative activities at the school site and/or school district level. Upon conclusion of your practicum, you will know how to successfully plan, organize and deliver grade-level content based on the CCSS; have acquired a deeper knowledge and understanding of delivering effective instructional strategies to TK children; and better understand your role as a teacher in fostering and facilitating their development. You will be required to videotape or be observed teaching a lesson in a core content area such as language arts, math, or science.        

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4.5 units

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