The Teacher Certificate is designed for individuals working with children in a preschool or child care setting. The certificate focuses on developing age appropriate curriculum for the classroom and observation/assessment of children. The Teacher Certificate requires 31 CD units which includes 4 units of CD Practicum/ Field Work with young children plus 16 general education units as specified. This Certificate meets the course and unit requirement for the Teacher Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Please note that students must also meet the experience requirements of 175 days of 3+ hours per day within 4 years.

Required Courses: Units
CD105 Child Growth and Development 3
CD105H Child Growth and Development-Honors 3
CD111 Observation and Assessment in Child Development 3
CD113 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3
CD114 Introduction to Curriculum 3
CD115 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
CD126 Child, Family, and the Community 3
CD138 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
Choose two (2) curriculum courses from the following list: Units
CD068 Early Literacy for Young Children 3
CD130 Creative Music and Movement for Children 3
CD133 Creative Science and Math Activities for Children 3
CD134 Language, Listening and Literature for Children 3
CD136 Creative Art Experiences for Children 3
Required CD Practicum/Field Work experience with children: Units
CD205 Child Development Practicum / Field Experience 4
Major Total: 31 Units
The following courses are recommended by the Child Development Department to meet the GE requirements: Units
Communication: ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H (4 units) 4
Humanities: ART 103 or MUS 100 (3 units) 3
Social and Behavioral Science: SOC 100 or SOC 100H, or SOC 130, or PSYCH 100 or PSYCH 100H (3 units) 3
Natural Science or Math: MATH 095 and higher (3-4 units) 3 - 4
Elective courses (2-3 units) 2 - 3
Minimum GE Units Required: 16 0
Total Units 47
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED COURSES: CD244 Children with Special Needs (3 units)CD185 Infant/Toddler Development (3 units)(if planning to work with infants and toddlers)
PID 452
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