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Associate of Science - Early Childhood Intervention Assistant

Riverside City College
12 months
Full time/part time
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
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About this program

Associate of Science - Early Childhood Intervention Assistant

This certificate is appropriate for students interested in working as an assistant or a paraprofessional in early intervention, early childhood special education, and community child development programs serving children with special needs. In addition to theoretical principles, the curriculum offers practical skills and on- site training that will prepare students for employment in the field of Early Childhood Intervention. The program leads to a certificate in Early Childhood Intervention and/or an Associate of Science Degree. The program will also fulfill the required child development coursework for the state issued Child Development Permit. Information regarding this permit and/or the Early Childhood Intervention Certificate is available from the Early Childhood Education Department.

Upon completion of the requirements for the certificate program and 16 units of special courses in general education, the student has fulfilled the course requirements for the Child Development Permit, Teacher Level. See the state guidelines for experience qualifications and additional levels.

Admission requirements

RCC has only two international student admission requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent OR over the age of 18 (minors may be considered for special admission)
  • TOEFL iBT 45 or equivalent

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Program content

  • Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Curriculum
  • Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children
  • Introduction to Children with Special Needs
  • Practicum in Early Intervention/Special Education
  • Child, Family, and Community
  • Children with Challenging Behaviors
  • Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Program delivery

This Program Pathway will allow a full-time student to complete this program in 12 months. For students who require a part time pathway, please see a counselor for more information.


Tuition fees: $394 per unit for international students.


Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of family function and structure, along with familial need for information and support that respects and values diverse cultures, values, beliefs and behaviors.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to and protecting children with disabilities and their families.
  • Understand and identify the process of accessing community agencies, referral systems and procedures for specialized support, specialized documents, resources and placement options.
  • Describe the typical child development milestones of children birth to adolescence and identify the strengths and special needs of the child in the context of his/her family, early childhood classroom, or early intervention setting.
  • Describe the developmental assessment process and outline its role in identifying, planning and intervening for a child with special needs and his/her family, including the process of curriculum development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and intent of an inclusive environment that supports the whole child while meeting the individual needs of children with disabilities.

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Riverside City College

Riverside City College (RCC) is one of the best colleges in the USA for many international students. RCC was founded in 1916 and is located in beautiful Southern California close beaches and many other major attractions in Los Angeles, San...

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Why study at Riverside City College


Save over $80,00 (compare with UC) and receive up to $2,500 international student scholarship.

Great Location

Located in Southern California near Los Angeles, just a 1-hour drive to the beach, mountains, and theme parks.

Easy Admission

No SAT/ACT and low TOEFL/IELTS Score requirement. Just three simple and fast admission steps.

Safe Community

24/7 on-campus police service and support. Low campus crime rate.

Transfer Opportunities

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Contact info

Riverside City College

4800 Magnolia Ave
92880 Riverside California
United States of America (USA)

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