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Early Biliteracy Development Concentration

Competency in English is essential for multicultural children to get a good developmental and educational start in the United States. It is also important that they maintain their native language. In the Early Biliteracy Development concentration, you can study research-based strategies that help children to develop a strong literacy base in both English and their home languages. You will have the opportunity to analyze the impact of racial and cultural discrimination on children's language and intellectual development, as well as explore issues that affect bilingual children who are assimilating in a diverse society.

The curriculum helps you build a solid foundation of knowledge about first- and second-language acquisition and development and identify the myths associated with second language development. You can also gain insight into how children's sense of identity and self-esteem impact the quality of their learning experiences and future academic success.

If you anticipate working with at-risk children, consider taking our Dual Concentration in Early Intervention and Early Biliteracy Development . You can gain the knowledge from both concentrations and graduate in the same amount of time.

This program can help you prepare for careers including:

  • Early childhood teacher/assistant

  • Director of child development programs

  • Family day care provider, infant-toddler child care provider/teacher

  • Elementary school pre-teacher trainee

  • Preschool and child development center administrator

  • Parent educator

  • Human services agency representative

  • Mental health consultant

  • Elementary and secondary school staff member

  • Child/youth advocate in social and legal arena

Degree Requirements

If you are a San Mateo County Community College District student, you can complete this concentration on campus at Cañada College. Find out more about the completion and admission requirements.

Lower-Division Core Child Development Courses (22 units)
EDU 101
ECE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 103 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 105 Observations and Assessment Techniques 3
ECE 106 Child, Family, and Community 3
ECE 110 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
CD 214 Understanding Children's Behavior: Social Emotional Guidance 3
Upper-Division Core Child Development Courses (27 units)
PSY 325
CD 352 Cognitive and Language Development 3
CD 353 Play, Development and Learning 3
CD 450 Socio-Emotional Development of Children 3
CD 452 Leadership and Advocacy for Children 3
CD 453 Research in Child Development 3
CD 455 Culture and Cognition 3
CD 454 Practicum in Early Childhood Education II 3
CD 458 Becoming a Child Development Professional (Online Students) 3
Concentration Courses (9 units)
CD 434 Literacy Development in Second Language Learners
CD 436 Socio-Cultural Issues in Bi-literacy Education 3
CD 442 Methods for Second Language Learners 3
Elective Courses (18 units)
Choose any courses that interest you from this program, our general education program, or our other undergraduate programs.