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Certificate of Achievement
Early Childhood Education, Master Teacher
Code #1328

This certificate meets the requirements for teaching in a publicly funded early care and education program. It requires an additional 6 units of specialized study beyond the teacher level certificate, allowing the student to select a particular focus of study (i.e., infant/toddler; culture and diversity; health and nutrition; children’s literature; and art or music for young children). Applicants must verify required experience teaching children and supervising staff to be recommended to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for issuance of the Master Teacher Child Development Permit.

This certificate qualifies students to be a master teacher or a supervising teacher in early care and education programs. Upon completion of this certificate and with documented related experience, the individual is eligible to be a lead teacher and/or mentor teacher in both publicly and privately funded programs serving young children and their families.

Some career options may require more than two years of college study. Meet with a counselor and an ECE faculty to determine these options.

To be eligible for the Child Development Permit (Teacher)
Students must complete 16 units in general education categories which meet graduation requirements and with at least one course in each of the following areas: English, Humanities, Social Science, Math/Science. Please refer to the General Education Requirements for a list of acceptable courses. Students must also complete experience requirements for the particular permit for which you are applying. See the ECE Department for further information.

Certificate of Achievement
Early Childhood Education, Teacher
Code #1329

This certificate provides a foundation for in-depth early childhood teacher preparation both through general education and through introductory studies in child development and in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy. Additionally, it covers culture and diversity issues in early childhood and health and safety practices. Students must verify required teaching experience to be recommended to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for issuance of the Teacher Child Development Permit.

Upon completion of this certificate and with appropriate documented experience, the student meets the requirement for employment as a teacher in publicly funded early care and education programs, serving infants through preschool-age children. The student also meets the requirements to work as a teacher in a privately funded early care and education program, as well as in a before-and-after school-age program.

To be eligible for the Child Development Permit (Teacher)
Students must complete 16 units in general education categories which meet graduation requirements and with at least one course in each of the following areas: English, Humanities, Social Science, Math/Science. Please refer to the General Education Requirements for a list of acceptable courses. Students must also complete experience requirements for the particular permit for which you are applying. See the ECE Department for further information.

Certificate of Achievement
Early Childhood Education, School Age Child Care and Education
Code #1098

Upon completion of this certificate, and with appropriate documented experience, the student meets the minimum requirements for employment in a privately funded child care program or family day care program. Certificates are designed to meet varying employment levels and focused training with infants and school-age children. These requirements are outlined in Title 22 (Department of Social Services) regulations for child care licensing.

¹Practicum or work experience to be completed in a school age child care program

Certificate of Achievement
Early Childhood Education, Infant Specialist
Code #1094

Upon completion of this certificate and with appropriate documented experience, the student meets the minimum requirements for employment in an infant care program.

Certificate of Proficiency
Early Childhood Education, Associate Teacher
Code #1343

Upon completion of one of the following certificates, and with appropriate documented experience, the student meets the minimum requirements for employment in a privately funded child care program or family day care program. Certificates are designed to meet varying employment levels and focused training with infants and school-age children. These requirements are outlined in Title 22 (Department of Social Services) regulations for child care licensing.

To be eligible for the Child Development Permit (Associate Teacher) students must also complete experience requirements for the particular permit for which they are applying. See ECE Department for further information.

Master Teacher Specialization Options

Select one (1) six-unit option below:

Note: Courses may not double count for core and specialization

Required Program
Units
Antibias Experiences
6 units
 
 
 
 
A minimum of three (3) units from the following:
 
One foreign language course selected from Spanish or Vietnamese
 
Note: Not all foreign language courses will transfer. Check with a counselor.
 
Children with Exceptional Needs
6 units
 
 
Infant and Toddler Care
6 units
 
A minimum of three (3) units from the following: