Early Childhood Education Teacher Certificate


The Early Childhood Education Teacher Certificate Program prepares the student to provide service in the care, development and instruction of children in a licensed early care and education program. The certificate requires the completion of 30-31 units of which 27 are in required courses. An additional 3-4 units minimum must be selected from restricted electives. A grade of C or better is required in each course taken. In many of the courses taken in this program, students will study, observe and learn utilizing the Child Development Laboratory Instructional Classrooms. This certificate plus 16 units of general education and 175 days of 3+ hours per day experience will meet the Title V Child Development Permit, Teacher level requirements.

Required Courses (27 units):
CDES 115 F Introduction to Early Childhood Education Curriculum3
CDES 120 FChild Development3
CDES 122 F Principles of Early Childhood Education3
CDES 125 F Observation and Assessment for Early Learning and Development3
CDES 201 F Child in the Home and Community3
CDES 204 F Introduction to Special Education3
CDES 210 F Anti-Bias Perspective/Diversity Seminar3
CDES 225 F Early Childhood Student Teaching Practicum3
CDES 238 F Reggio and Constructivism in Early Childhood3
A valid American Red Cross First Aid Card or equivalent must be on file.
Restricted Electives (3-4 units):3-4
Art Education in Early Childhood (formerly CDES 123AF)2
Literacy and Language in Early Childhood2
Science and Math Education in Early Childhood (formerly CDES 123CF)2
Music Education in Early Childhood (formerly CDES 123DF)2
Introduction to Early Childhood Education: The Assistant Teacher3
Principles of Infant/Toddler Care and Education3
Adolescent Development3
Sensory Integration and Motor Planning for Children3
Principles and Techniques of Early Childhood Special Education with Field Experience3
Working with Families of Children with Special Needs3
Health, Safety, Food, and Nutrition for Children3
Total Units30-31

Outcome 1: Know and understand the established as well as recent theories of child development.

Outcome 2: Recognize and challenge issues of bias that children, individuals and families experience.

Outcome 3: Analyze and think critically about the teacher’s comprehensive role in early learning and development settings.

Outcome 4: Recognize and evaluate the interrelationships of the child, family, school and greater community.

Outcome 5: Design quality early childhood programs and curriculum.