The early years of a child’s life are fundamental in shaping their overall development. Become part of their story by developing the essential skills and knowledge needed to promote a sound, well-structured beginning.

Build the skills to become a qualified classroom teacher through research-based, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate curriculum. Building from the ground up, you will acquire best practices aligned with the Teaching Performance Standards, while allowing you to map courses into stackable units and opportunities for career advancement. Learn how to incorporate age and developmentally appropriate curricula in order to ensure that the emotional, social, creative, physical and cognitive needs of children are met for a successful outcome.

Designed For

Individuals who plan to become a preschool teacher or early care and education professional, apply for an Assistant, Associate Teacher or Teacher Child Development Permit, and/or pursue an associate degree in Child Development.

What You'll Learn

  • Effective methods for engaging and supporting all young children in development and learning 
  • Best practices in creating and maintaining effective environments for young children’s development and learning
  • Ways to organize content knowledge for young children’s development and learning
  • How to synthesize planning instruction and designing developmental and learning experiences for all young children
  • Methods to analyze, evaluate, compare, and contrast different tools used to assess and document young children’s development and learning

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.

Professional Licensure and Certification

University of California programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University of California and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The University of California has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a University of California program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

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