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Child Development and Care Certificate Program

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About the Child Development and Care Certificate Program

This 16-week 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 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 16-weeks, 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. 

You will also earn three units per course which are transferable to a UC, CSU or California community college for undergraduate credit.

Courses will be offered both online and in hybrid fashion so that you can learn anywhere, anytime!

Who Should Enroll?

  • 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

Basic Requirements

  • Ability to operate a computer and navigate online material at a beginner level
  • Basic English fluency

Course Descriptions 

Early Child Development for Practitioners | EDUC X002 | Syllabus
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 | Syllabus
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 | Syllabus
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 | Syllabus
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.

Syllabus = Course Curriculum

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Early Bird Savings! Tuition and Early Bird Savings!

ENROLL IN ALL FOUR COURSES AND SAVE $600
Register by January 7th to receive savings.

Courses are $450 each and you will earn 3 transferable units per each course successfully completed. Simply add all four courses to your shopping cart and purchase by January 7th to receive savings.

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Course Schedule and Enrollment

To enroll in a course, simply select the learning format you prefer displayed next to each course title.

Child Development and Care - Online Course = Online  Child Development and Care hybrid learning = Hybrid   

Early Child Development for Practitioners | EDUC X002 3 Units 8 Mon 6-8pm Jan 7 - Mar 11 Child Development and Care - Online Course  Child Development and Care hybrid learning    
Introduction to Curriculum (Birth through Elementary Years) | EDUC X025 3 Units 8 Tues 6-8pm Jan 15 - Mar 12 Child Development and Care - Online Course  Child Development and Care hybrid learning
Child Development in Family, School, and Community | EDUC X020 3 Units 8 Mon 6-8pm Mar 18 - May 6 Child Development and Care - Online Course  Child Development and Care hybrid learning    
Teaching and Learning (Birth through Elementary Years) | EDUC X030 3 Units 8 Tues 6-8pm Mar 19 - May 7 Child Development and Care - Online Course  Child Development and Care hybrid learning

 

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