University of the Pacific

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University of the Pacific has developed six Early Childhood Education courses as a part of the Early Childhood Curriculum Series in partnership with CAL-NET. These courses are offered through the Pacific Center for Professional and Continuing Education as extended education units. Initial discussions to determine how Pacific could best were initiated between Dr. Jack Nagle, previous Dean of the Pacific Benerd School of Education, Mr. Bob Douglas, the Superintendent of Schools for Tehama Department of Education, and Dr. Carla Piper, previous assistant professor in the Benerd School of Education at Pacific.

Shasta College


The Early Childhood Education Program at Shasta College prepares students to become teachers and directors in programs providing care and learning opportunities for young children. Shasta College courses focus on training for careers in preschools, Head Start, childcare, infant-toddler and school age care, and family childcare. Programs for young children require different qualifications for teachers and child care providers.

College of the Siskiyous

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At College of the Siskiyous the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is designed for students seeking work and training for licensed day care centers, preschools, and/or a license from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. In addition, the program meets the course requirements for teachers and directors of private child care programs licensed by the California State Department of Social Services (Title 22). This program is a hands-on approach to learning skills in working with young children from birth through age 12. Completing this program will prepare students for employment at the various levels within privately funded child care centers and publicly funded child development programs.



E-CIRCLE offers face to face training by certified trainers. The training is based on the most recent scientific research and meets the needs of adult learners. These sessions are interactive and provide fun hands on activities. Upon return to classrooms, participants have a deeper understanding of early literacy development and a wealth of ideas for implementation.