To meet the growing demand for skilled teachers who can navigate the instructional design demands of early childhood education (ECE), students with special needs, ECE supervision, and non-native English speakers, UCSC Extension invites you to explore our five exceptional certificate programs.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects nearly 1.9 million job openings for teachers of preschool through postsecondary school between 2014 and 2020. The regional and global demand for English language teachers is growing as well.


UCSC Extension students may enroll in individual online or in-class courses or pursue one of our five education certificate programs: ECE certification; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); ECE Supervision and Administration, Educational Therapy, and Instructional Design. 


At UCSC Extension, our instructors are seasoned practitioners with a passion for what they do. They understand the current economic, political, and social development issues that affect students in the classroom and provide a sound and vigorous curriculum that prepares you in your role as an educator. Students experience different teaching styles and gain new skills in approaching learning differences.


For childcare educators on the front lines of inspiring young minds, we offer a 35-unit Early Childhood Education Certificate that includes topics such as ADHD in the classroom, differentiated learning, math development, and inquiry-based learning. We also have an ECE: Supervision and Administration Certificate, an 18-unit program that highlights teacher/parent collaboration, adult supervision and mentoring, principles of infant/toddler caregiving and an introduction to the Common Core State Standards.


Our Educational Therapy certificate program takes students through techniques of educational therapy, learning differences, educational assessment training, and assistive technologies for learning differences.


Learn learning theory and style, cultural proficiency and what is instructional design, in addition to facilitation skills, online learning communities and training program design.


Clarify language structure methodology of bilingual and English language development, culture and diversity, and fundamentals of English grammar in our TESOL certificate program (also known as Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)).