Catalog  –  2013 - 2014

Programs of Study

Certificates of Achievement

Divisions offering career education courses are developing certificate programs whereby students who complete a required pattern of courses in the development of an occupational skill may have their competency certified to prospective employers. The certificate programs are designed so that the student may later take college level work to qualify for an Associate in Arts degree.

The Certificate of Achievement is awarded to a student for completion of a formal instructional program with a minimum of 18 units, in a specified discipline, designed to give the learner the skills, knowledge and aptitudes required for his chosen field of endeavor. Specific requirements in a subject matter area will be developed by the division faculty and approved by the Curriculum Committee.

To qualify for a Certificate of Achievement, the student must complete all required credits with a grade of “C” or higher in each course. Courses taken at other accredited institutions of higher education are accepted towards the certificate or degree program provided that at least one-half of the credits are taken in residence at Porterville College.

Administration of Justice

The Administration of Justice majors primarily for students transferring to four-year schools with a declared Administration of Justice major. The required classes represent the normal undergraduate core for transfer to the CSU and UC system. Graduates from a four-year school have a wide range of career options including: law enforcement, corrections, probation and patrol. They work in multiple specialty areas including: city police, county sheriff, highway patrol, state and contract correctional institutes, adult and juvenile probation and counseling centers. Career opportunities are very strong and expected to continue to be strong in these areas.

Program Learning Outcomes: Identify the procedures involved in the justice system from arrest to release; identify how the criminal justice system works as a system; identify the importance of the inter-cooperation of all three parts of the criminal justice system; identify the steps that are taken from the point of arrest by the police officer to the release of the defendant from prison.

A certificate may be earned in Administration of Justice upon satisfactory completion of 24 units. Courses must be selected from the following groups as indicated:

Group I - 15 units required  
ADMJ P101 - Public Safety Report Writing 3 units
ADMJ P102 - Intro. to Administration of Justice 3 units
ADMJ P103 - Introduction to Law 3 units
ADMJ P104 - Criminal Law 3 units
ADMJ P107 - Expl. Contemp. Multicultural Issues 3 units
ADMJ P109 - Criminal Justice Communications 3 units
ADMJ P111 - Intro. to Behavioral/Correctional Science 3 units
ADMJ P121 - Juvenile Delinquency 3 units
ADMJ P122 - Probation and Parole 3 units
Group II - 9 units required  
ADMJ P050 - Correctional Officer Core Training Academy 10 units
ADMJ P051A - PC832-Arrest and Control 2 units
ADMJ P051B - PC832-Firearms 1 credit
ADMJ P066A - Police Reserve Training, Level III 7 units
ADMJ P066B - Police Reserve Training, Level II 10 units
ADMJ P105 - Principles/Procedures/Justice System 3 units
ADMJ P106 - Legal Aspects of Evidence 3 units
ADMJ P108 - Principles of Investigations 3 units
ADMJ P113 - Interviewing and Counseling in Corrections 3 units
ADMJ P114 - Control and Supervision in Corrections 3 units
ADMJ P115 - Legal Aspects of Corrections 3 units
ADMJ P117 - Police Operations 3 units
ADMJ P118 - Introduction to Criminology 3 units
ADMJ P123 - Constitutional Rights of the Accused 3 units
ADMJ P140 - Field Work/Administration of Justice Police Cadet 3 units

Child Development Associate Teacher Certificate

Program Learning Outcomes: Supporting Early Learning and Development; planning and guiding early learning and development; creating and maintaining program policies and practices; advancing the early childhood profession.

Twelve (12) units required in core courses. Six additional units required in child development support courses. Eighteen (18) total units required.

Experience:

Associate Teacher Child Development Permit or Preschool Teacher as required for employment in private centers by the State Department of Social Services **DSS Title 22.

DSS1 Child, Growth and Development (3 units)  
CHDV P223 - Child Growth and Development 3 units
PSYC P223 - Child Psychology 3 units
DSS2 Child, Family and Community (three units)  
CHDV P122* - Child, Family and Community 3 units
DSS3 Program and Curriculum (6 units)  
CHDV P144 - Introduction to Curriculum (DSS5) 3 units
CHDV P143* - Practicum/Field Experience 3 units
Support Courses (select 6 additional units)  
CHDV P117 - Teaching in a Diverse Society 3 units
CHDV P119 - Health, Safety and Nutrition (DSS7) 3 units

Notes:

Experience: 3 units. Three hours per day for a minimum 50 days within a two-year period.

State Department of Social Services (DSS) requires coursework to be identified by DSS numbers.
DSS1 - Three units in Child, Growth and Development
DSS2 - Three units in Child, Family and Community
DSS3 - Six units in Program and Curriculum

For the Child Development Associate Teacher Permit, the student must apply through the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. You can receive evaluation assistance on your permit application to make sure the application is complete at Tulare County Office of Education in Visalia, and they will also submit the application to the State Commission on Teacher credentialing. For information on California’s requirements, call the Commission on Teacher Credentialing at (888) 921-2682 or visit their website.

Child Development Teacher Permit

Program Learning Outcomes: Supporting Early Learning and Development; planning and guiding early learning and development; creating and maintaining program policies and practices; advancing the early childhood profession.

Twenty-four (24) units in child development courses required.
Twelve (12) units must be from the core courses.
Twelve (12) additional units required in child development support courses.
Sixteen (16) units in general education.

Experience:

Child Development Permit: Teacher as required for employment in funded child care programs. State Department of Education, Title V, DSS (Department of Social Services).

Core Courses (twelve units required)

DSS1 Child, Growth and Development (three units)  
CHDV P223 - Child Growth and Development 3 units
PSYC P223 - Child Psychology 3 units
DSS2 Child, Family and Community (three units)  
CHDV P122 - Child, Family and Community 3 units
DSS3 Program and Curriculum (six units)  
CHDV P144 - Introduction to Curriculum 3 units
CHDV P143* - Practicum/Field Experience 3 units
*Includes laboratory  
Support Courses (select 12 additional units)  
CHDV P117 - Teaching in a Diverse Society 3 units
CHDV P119 - Health, Safety and Nutrition (DSS7) 3 units
CHDV P142* - Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3 units
CHDV P239 - Observation and Assessment 3 units

*Includes laboratory

Notes:

Experience: At least three hours per day for a minimum 175 days in a four-year period.

Plus: A total of 16 general education units which must apply toward the associate arts degree. One course is required from each of the four general education categories:

(English, social science, humanities/fine arts, math or science).

For the Child Development Teacher Permit the student must apply through the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. You can receive evaluation assistance on your permit application to make sure the application is complete at Tulare County Office of Education in Visalia, and they will also submit the application to the State Commission on Teacher Credentialing. For information on California’s requirements, call the Commission on Teacher Credentialing at (888) 921-2682 or visit their website.

Communication Studies

The Communication Studies certificate program is designed to enhance a student’s ability to communicate in social, professional, and relational contexts. This certificate is intended to enhance the communication skills of students from all majors and career plans. Communication courses focus on how people use messages to generate meaning within and across various contexts, cultures, and channels. Students are required to take four classes for a total of twelve units.

Program Learning Outcomes: To prepare students to more effectively and appropriately communicate in professional environments; To enhance a student’s ability to gain, retain, and advance employment; to prepare students to communicate effectively and appropriately in public, group, and dyadic contexts; to prepare students to communicate, work, and live effectively in a diverse environment; to enhance communication competence which will assist a student in achieving their educational, personal, and professional goals; to offer students an added incentive for taking classes that fulfill general education requirements; to enhance the quality of life of our students.

Students must satisfy both of the following requirements in order to earn the Communication Studies certificate:

  1. Completion of 12 semester units in Communication coursework
  2. Earn a letter grade of “C” or higher in each Communication course.
COMM P101 Intro to Public Speaking 3 units
COMM P102 Interpersonal Communication 3 units
COMM P105 Argumentation & Debate 3 units
COMM P106 Intercultural Communication 3 units
COMM P170 Oral Interpretation 3 units
  Total units 12 units

Communications Studies (CA) not approved for Title IV aid.

Effective Summer 2012