——— Summer 2023

Illuminate The Path For Early Learners

The first 5 years of a child’s life are fundamental in shaping their overall development. Apply to the Early Childhood Education Program and help early learners lay the foundation for lifelong learning and well-being.

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Estimated Cost



Approx 12 months (4 quarters)


8 Courses (36 quarter units/24 semester units)

——— Jerry Whittle

"To Teach is to Touch a Life Forever"

The Early Childhood Education Certificate will equip you with 24 units of foundational knowledge and skills needed to support an inclusive environment for diverse young learners.

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 curriculum.

By providing children with a solid springboard, you will help ensure that they develop the social, emotional, creative and cognitive tools they need to become successful in school and life.

Learn Best Practice Methods to Foster Growth and Development


The biological, physical, social-emotional and cognitive development of children


Developmentally Appropriate Practices that address cultural and developmental differences


Methods for engaging and partnering with families and community to foster a collaborative relationship between home and school


Language and literacy development and strategies for working with English learners


Importance of play-based learning environments


Positive behavior support


Child observation and assessment


Reflective teaching practices within a co-teaching model

A Program Designed for You

We know that every educator is unique. That’s why we’ve designed our Early Childhood Education Certificate to meet your needs. Whether you're a new teacher or looking to update your skills, our Early Childhood Education Certificate will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to support young learners.

For Individuals

Individuals preparing for a teaching role in an early childhood education setting

For Teachers

Teachers with a Multiple Subjects’ teaching credential who need to meet California Transitional Kindergarten (TK) requirements

For Care Providers

Care providers seeking an in-depth understanding of their child’s development and how to best encourage growth through the various stages of early childhood

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