Los Angeles Community College District
Proposed New Option Request (PNOR)
Certificate (18 or more units)
NEW OPTION TITLE:
This Proposed New Option Request (PNOR) form is designed to assist colleges in preparing a proposal
for the addition of a new designation within an existing program. Each section of the form corresponds to
a section contained in the California Community Colleges REQUEST TO ADD NEW OPTION OR
CERTIFICATE WITHIN AN EXISTING PROGRAM TO INVENTORY form. The form includes dialog
boxes for explanations as to how the program meets the option approval standards contained in the
California Community Colleges Program and Course Approval Handbook. This form is required whenever
a college wishes to add a designation within an existing program (such as option, emphasis,
concentration, specialization, strand, track, etc.), which will appear on students' completion awards and/or
transcripts. Designations that will not appear on student awards or transcripts need not be submitted and
will not be entered on the state Inventory of Approved and Projected Programs.
Complete all sections below and attach appropriate California Community Colleges REQUEST TO ADD
NEW OPTION OR CERTIFICATE WITHIN AN EXISTING PROGRAM TO INVENTORY form and all
necessary documentation. For additional information consult California Community Colleges’ Program
and Course Approval Handbook.
This form is a word processing form that should be completed using a computer, not a typewriter.
The boxes following each item will expand to accommodate any amount of text.
1. Statement of goals and objectives – Provide a statement that specifies what
transfer major the program prepares students for, or what specific occupation(s) it prepares
students for and what main occupational competencies students will achieve. The statement
should reflect or incorporate the new option as appropriate.
The Child Development Program is designed to meet the needs of those
students who wish to prepare for employment or who are currently employed in
the field of Early Childhood Education. The curriculum prepares student to teach
in programs for young children including: private facilities, parent cooperative,
Head Start programs, Children's Centers and infant/toddler or school age
The Child Development Program offers various educational options.
Completion of each program leads to a certificate, transfer option and/or an
Associate in Arts degree. With additoinal general education units and required
experience, the student will be eligible for the Child Development Permit as
defined under Title 5. Meeting this requirement will enable the student to teach
in federal and state preschool programs.
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2. Catalog description – The catalog description should be consistent with the statement
of goals and objectives, and should reflect or incorporate the new option as appropriate.
With additional general education units and the required experience, students will
be eligible for the Child Development Site Supervisor Permit as defined under
Title 5. Meeting this requirement will enable the student to supervise federal and
state preschool programs.
3. Option requirements – List all courses required for completion of the program, including core
requirements, restricted electives, and prerequisites. For each course, the course number, course
name, and unit value must be indicated. The total of the unit values should be shown. It should be
clear how requirements for the new option or certificate differ from requirements for the existing
program and other options. Also show any other requirements for completion, such as internship,
work experience, or examination.
CD1 – Child Growth & Development 3
CD 2 – Early Childhood Principles & Development 3
CD 3 – Creative Experiences for Children I 3
CD 4 – Creative Experiences for Children II 3
CD 10 – Child Health 3
CD 11 – Home, School & Community 3
CD 22 – Practicum in Child Development I 4
CD 23 – Practicum in Child Development II 4
CD 34 - Observing and Recording Children’s Behavior 3
CD 38 Administration of Early Childhood Program I 3
CD 39 Administration of Early Childhood Program II 3
CD 42 The Child in a Diverse Society 3
CD 45 – Children with Special Needs II 3
CD 65 – Adult Supervision/Early Childhood Mentoring 2
Total 43 Units
4. Discussion of place of option in the curriculum – Briefly state how the new
option will augment or replace other options or programs. Please review the college’s
existing entries on the Inventory of Approved and Projected Programs before submitting a
new option or certificate. (Request a printout from the Chancellor’s Office if necessary.)
Indicate what existing entries will need to be removed or modified to reflect program
adjustments associated with the new option or new configuration of certificates.
This new option will replace the existing Center Director Skills Certificate.
5. Course outlines – Attach outlines of record for all new courses created for this option. If
this option or certificate does not include any new courses, include outlines for any two
courses specifically required for this option.
6. Discussion of labor market need or job availability (vocational programs) –
Indicate how the college has determined the need for the new option. This may be through
labor market statistics, employer survey, recommendations from occupational advisory
committee, expressions of student interest, requests from individual employers, or other
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appropriate means. Documentation of the labor market is not required to accompany this
7. Recommendation of regional consortium (vocational programs) – Include the
minutes of the Regional Occupational Consortium meeting(s) at which the option was
discussed. Highlight that portion of the minutes of the meeting in which the proposed option
was recommended for approval. If it is impossible to obtain minutes for the meeting, a letter
or memo from the chair of the Regional Occupational Consortium must be included, certifying
that the group recommended approval of the option, and specifying the date of the
recommendation, or the signature of the chair of the consortium must be provided on the
8. Transfer documentation (Transfer Programs)– Include specific information on the
requirements for the corresponding baccalaureate degree in two or more four-year
institutions to which students are most likely to transfer. A comparison must be displayed
between requirements for the community college option and lower-division requirements for
the baccalaureate major. The comparison must show that the community college option
substantially satisfies the lower-division baccalaureate major requirements.
9. Discussion of background and rationale (if needed) – This section is only
required if there are aspects of the option that need special explanation. Provide a history of
how the option came about; what is unique about it, why it is especially appropriate for the
region and the college, the nature of the community support for it, and so forth. This is a
place for a college to explain special considerations and unusual circumstances.
This certificate of completion is created to align with the state "Child
Development Site Supervisor Permit" standards and provide a more clear
direction for students.
10. Discussion of impact on other colleges in region (if needed) – This section
is only required if the option might possibly create destructive competition with programs in
other colleges. Discuss how the college has verified that the option will not have a negative
impact on similar programs and options at neighboring colleges.
11. Discussion of feasibility factors (if needed) – This section is only required if the
option will require a substantial new investment of facilities, equipment, funding, or faculty.
Please discuss how each of these needs will be met, and how the college knows it will be
able to provide the resources to continue the option.
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