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

Whether using this as a stepping stone to pursue a higher level degree in Child Development, or looking to become an early care and education professional, this program has what you need. Building from the ground up, you will acquire best practices relating to the CDE Foundations of Preschool Learning and 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.

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

  • An overview of early childhood education with focus on the interrelationships among the child’s environment and their physical, emotional, cognitive and social development.
  • Methods for integrating developmentally appropriate experiences and best practices through research-based curricula.
  • Reasons for how relationships affect children's behavior and development.
  • The connections between home, school and community and their effects on the learning of children in different contexts.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • None

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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