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Professional Certificate in Teaching Transitional Kindergarten

Professional Certificate in Teaching Transitional Kindergarten

Classroom Program

At-a-Glance

12 months

$5,560

36 Units

UCR Extension

Transitional Kindergarten provides an opportunity for children who don't make the kindergarten age cutoff, to build the appropriate proficiencies to become school ready. Join our fully online program and understand the influences that affect children's early development while learning proven techniques to support their cognitive, physical, social and emotional advancement.

Demand for transitional kindergarten teachers is on the rise as more districts opt to incorporate TK into their schools. Whether an experienced teacher looking for a change, or a new educator fresh out of school, this program is designed to impart the knowledge and expertise needed to foster an effective learning environment where children can learn fundamental academics, while simultaneously developing maturity and confidence. Make your mark and pave the way to a successful outcome for young learners.

Designed For

Credentialed teachers and/or individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree and have passed the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), who are looking to teach Transitional Kindergarten in California.

What You'll Learn

  • Influences on children's biological, physical, social-emotional and cognitive development
  • Quality teaching practices that address cultural and developmental differences
  • Methods for engaging parents and building a collaborative relationship between home and school
  • Language development in children ages 0-5 and strategies for working with English learners
  • Differentiated instruction techniques for TK-K combination classrooms
  • Evidence-based curriculum and bridging the Preschool Learning Foundations with the Common Core State Standards

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • Passing score on CBEST

Masters Pathway

Transfer all 36 units to earn a Master's degree.

  • School: California Baptist University
  • Location: Riverside, CA
  • Program: Master's of Science in Education, Transitional Kindergarten Concentration
  • Transferable Units: 36 units are transferable from the Teaching Transitional Kindergarten Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Transitional Kindergarten: Child Growth and Development

EDUC X444.A

4.5 units

Diversity and Responsive Teaching in a Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

EDUC X444.B

4.5 units

Quarter 2

Home, School and Community Collaborations for Transitional Kindergarten Teachers

EDUC X444.C

4.5 units

Language, Literacy and Support for Preschool English Learners

EDUC X444.D

4.5 units

Quarter 3

The Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum

EDUC X444.E

4.5 units

Intentional Teacher Engagement in a Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

EDUC X444.F

4.5 units

Quarter 4

Observation and Assessment in a Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

EDUC X444.G

4.5 units

Practicum and Coaching for Transitional Kindergarten Teachers

EDUC X444.H

4.5 units

“Whatever your goal, completing a professional certificate program will give you confidence to reach for the top. Join thousands of UCR Extension students whose lives have been transformed by our programs.”

Dr. Sharon Duffy

Dean
UCR Extension Professional Studies

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