Certificate Programs

Child Development

The Child Development program offers course work, training and supervised practicum experiences to meet state licensing requirements for working in centers, schools, child care homes and service related agencies. The skills and knowledge gained in beginning courses provide the framework and foundation for more specialized courses. These programs are for career and transfer students. The certificates are available to students interested in meeting the requirements for the State of California Child Development permits and the California Department of Social Services, Title 22, Community Licensing Criteria.

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Community Health Work

Certificate of Performance

The Community Health Work Certificate of Performance provides students who work in or plan to work in the field of community health work with a fundamental academic and practical base for success in the field. Emphasis is placed on the role of community health workers as promoters of health and healthy living in the community. These settings may include public and private health and human service institutions, especially those that address underserved communities. The courses are for career and transfer students.

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Youth Development Work

Certificate of Performance

The Youth Development Work Certificate Program is designed to offer certification to current and potential frontline community youth development workers working in a variety of settings, including public and private after school programs, service related agencies, recreational programs and job development centers. This program is both vocational and academic, offering courses in theoretical and practical topics related to youth development. Emphasis is placed on providing students with a balance of vocational training and academic instruction in the area of Youth Development.

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Peace Studies

Certificate of Performance

The Peace Studies certificate program offers an interdisciplinary, theoretical, and practical approach for students to enter into the academic and/or professional field of Peace Studies. Students gain skills to critically analyze current affairs related to peace and conflict. Students evaluate global consequences of events leading to violent conflict to offer alternative solutions to create more peaceful, just and equitable societies. The four main pillars of the program are human rights, conflict studies, peace processes and the concept of justice in relation to peace.

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Alcohol and Other Drug Studies

Certificate of Achievement

This program prepares students for certification as Alcohol and/or Other Drug Abuse Counselors. The Certificate of Achievement is designed to prepare students for entry level alcohol and drug counselor employment. It trains students in the core functions of an alcohol and drug counselor while providing a theoretical foundation in the behavioral sciences and human service professions.

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Mental Health Work

Certificate of Achievement

The Mental Health Work Certificate of Achievement will serve both as workforce development for entry level positions in the mental health and human services field and as an academic stepping stone toward higher academic degrees in the field of mental health. The certificate is offered through the Public Mental Health Academy, offering specialized academic counseling and support to students enrolled in the certificate as well as an annual conference for mental health workers and mental health career fair with participation from community partners in the health and human services sector.

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For further information

Contact: Veronica Ortega, Ph.D.
San Diego City College Phone: (619) 388-3100
Email: CityHumanDev@sdccd.edu
INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT