Teach our youngest to love learning.
In this two-track ECE program entry-level students gain a strong foundation in child growth and development, literacy, and age-appropriate teaching strategies, developmentally based curriculum, and current research and trends. You will develop skills to teach and supervise infants, toddlers, and young children while working toward a Child Development permit.
Early Childhood Education certificate program objectives
- Develop age-appropriate curriculum for the ECE classroom
- Understand social, emotional, physical and cognitive development from prenatal stages through middle childhood
- Promote oral language abilities through active use of books, poetry, dramatic play and group discussion
- Decode healthcare policies and procedures in the child-care setting
- Communicate with and develop effective relationships with parents.
Required Credits: Total Required: 10–13 courses/35 units. Take 9 core courses (32 units) and 1–3 elective credit courses (3 units). End with certificate of completion review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.
There are no requirements to join the program.
Recommended Course Sequence
Flexible course sequence
Courses may be taken in any order provided the prerequisites are met and your final course is ECE 7: Practicum in Early Childhood Education.
To receive your certificate
Child Development Permit. Our program fulfills the qualifications for teaching in private and state-funded child care centers. You can complete Title 22 and Title 5 requirements for child development permits in this program. Please visit the California Department of Education for more information.
MELISSA LE, B.A, Multi-Subject Teaching Credential (MSTC), has more than 23 years of experience working with infants, preschoolers, and children in K-6 classrooms. She has worked in public and private school settings and examined a variety of learning programs such as Challenger, Montessori, High Scope, and college-run preschools including De Anza College, San Jose State University, and Stanford University. As a K-6 afterschool program supervisor, she developed lesson plans and curriculum to meet the needs of diverse populations and students with special needs. Le has extensive experience mentoring emerging teachers in the SJSU and Stanford student-teacher programs, as well as beginning teachers completing their two-year BTSA programs. Her expertise is in identifying the needs of her students, both children and adults, and helping them reach their full potential.