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Child Development and Care Certificate Program
About the Child Development and Care Certificate Program
This certificate program prepares you to potentially work with young children ranging from infant/toddlers to school-age children in a variety of professional settings.
By earning your Child Development and Care Certificate and completing fifty days of verifiable instructional capacity in a child care and development program setting at least three hours per day and within the last two years, you can apply to secure the Associate Teacher Permit with School-Age Authorization from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This permit allows you to work with school-age children in after-school settings and to supervise assistant teachers or caregivers.
During the program, you will gain an overview of developmental theories covering changes to the physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth. You will also gain an understanding of family, school and community relations and conclude with age-appropriate program and curriculum review.
These are core competencies consistent with the requirements necessary for the early childhood Associate Teacher Permit with School-Age Authorization from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
This program can be completed in as little as sixteen weeks. You will earn three units per course which may be transferable to a UC, CSU or California community college for undergraduate credit. Please check with the institution you are transferring to confirm unit transferability.
Extension Education Programs brings the UC experience to high schools.
UC Merced Extension Education Programs collaborates with California high school districts to bring the University of California learning experience to juniors and seniors through the Child Development and Care Dual Enrollment in the form of an elective. Students earn college credit that is transferable to any University of California, California State University or California community college. Please check with the institution you are transferring to confirm unit transferability.
This video features the recent collaboration with Chowchilla Union High, a rural high school located in the heart of California's Central Valley. The Child Development and Care curriculum is available for lease to California-based schools.
Early childhood caregivers and educators in the field interested in professional development and continuing education
Those interested in exploring a career in early childhood, preschool, and transitional kindergarten
Those interested in after-school enrichment opportunities with K-8 children
Those who are considering the UC Merced multiple-subject teaching credential for K-8 educators
Parents and family life educators
Ability to operate a computer and navigate online material at a beginner level
Basic English fluency
Early Child Development for Practitioners | EDUC X002 |
This course considers early child development (0-6 years) through biological and ecosystemic perspectives. Readings and activities emphasize the applicability of course content through biology, developmental neuroscience, culture, and classic development theories.
Child Development in Family, School, and Community | EDUC X020 |
This course considers school-aged development (6-12 years) through biological and ecosystemic perspectives. Readings and activities emphasize the applicability of course content through biology, developmental neuroscience, and culture. A positive development is emphasized in family, school, and community contexts through Baumrind, Bronfenbrenner, and Lerner.
Introduction to Curriculum (Birth through Primary) | EDUC X025 |
This course introduces curriculum with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. The course considers developmentally (age-appropriate) curriculum and learning in terms of contextual, hands-on artifacts supporting artistic creativity, literacy, math readiness, and science learning.
Teaching and Learning (Birth through Primary) | EDUC X030 |
This course covers teaching and learning with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children in multicultural settings. The course considers developmentally (age-appropriate) teaching and learning in terms of contextual, hands-on artifacts supporting artistic creativity, literacy, math readiness, and science learning.
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Courses are $450 each and you will earn 3 transferable units per each course successfully completed.
Students will need to purchase a semester online access pass for the Child Development and Care books for $120. Students will receive an email with directions upon registration.
Spring 2020 Course Schedule and Enrollment
To enroll in a course, simply select the learning format you prefer displayed next to each course title. If you do not have an existing account with UC Merced Extension, you will be prompted to create one. Upon completing payment, you will receive a confirmation with instructions in preparing for your first course.