Skill Certificate in Child Development - Associate Teacher

Division: Consumer/Family Studies

Students completing this certificate will acquire basic skills and knowledge leading to employment in early childhood programs. It will also provide the education required to obtain a California Child Development permit at an associate level.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify the major theories and/or principles of child development.
  • Complete lab experience needed for employment in a licensed child care facility at an approved site.
  • Explain the requirements for CA Title 22 Licensing Regulations regarding health, safety, nutrition and the mandated reporting law.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for employment in the following jobs: associate teacher or aide in private child care or early childhood programs (i.e., infant/toddler, preschool, school age, full inclusion); associate teacher or aide working with children with special needs, Early Intervention Assistant I, licensed family child care home, foster care provider, in-home care provider.

Required Certificate Courses (12 Units)12
Child Development-DS 1
Child, Family & Society-DS2
Principles of ECE-DS3
Child Health/Safety/Nutri-DS7
Total12

The Skill Certificate requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Consumer Family Studies Division Chair.