Preschool-Daycare Early Childhood Education

College of Extended Learning
Dean: Peter Dewees

Preschool-Daycare Early Childhood Education Program
ADM 153
Program Director: Lynn Steinman


Certificate in Preschool-Early Childhood Education

Program Scope

This certificate program enables infant through age eight, early childhood program personnel to meet requirements for Child Development Permits, enter early childhood education, or continue their training in this field. Each semester Extended Learning offers a block of courses leading to this certificate. Twenty-four units are required to complete the program. Each course earns three units unless otherwise noted. Students may enroll for individual classes or apply for admission to the certificate program. Advising is available for interested students (415) 338-1378 or 282-3269 (evenings and weekends).


Instructors in the program hold graduate degrees, and are selected for their outstanding teaching ability and their expertise in early childhood education and administration of childcare programs.

Career Outlook

The demand for qualified childcare professionals continues to grow due to changes in demographic and socioeconomic patterns in society at large. Licensing and teaching permit agencies require child development program teachers and administrators to complete specific academic units to be eligible for positions. The following reflects these requirements:


Admission to Program

To be admitted to the certificate program, students should have completed 56 units of academic credit or have sufficient experience to demonstrate they can perform upper division work. Students who do not have 56 units may be accepted on probation and are encouraged to apply. Students may enroll in up to nine units before applying to a certificate program.

Writing Skills

The certificate program's course content requires a good grasp of writing skills. Certificate students are asked to demonstrate their writing ability soon after admission to the certificate program to satisfy the university literacy requirement. Those who do not have the necessary writing skills are referred to a course offered regularly through the continuing education program: ENG 414, Elements of Writing.

Entry Level Course

E ED 601	Introduction to Group Programs for 
Young Children

Core/Required Courses

E ED 600	The Young Child: Development and 
E ED 602	Curriculum for the Young Child
E ED 306	Teaching Young Children: Recognizing the 
Needs of Children and Families in 
Contemporary Society or
E ED 604	Working with Parents in Group Programs 
for Young Children

Certificate students are required to complete one supervised field work course. Supervised field work courses can be used either to meet experience requirements, or for academic units for the child development permit. The core courses are required to be taken prior to or concurrently with field work classes.

E ED 605	Supervised Field Work--Focus: Child 
Development or
E ED 608	Supervised Field Work--Focus: Curriculum
E ED 697	Health and Safety in Childcare 
Programs (1-3)

Early Childhood Administration Courses

E ED 606	Administration of Preschool Programs
E ED 607	Administration: Developing Human 
Relations for Staff in Group Programs 
for Young Children

Elective Courses

Child Development

E ED 305	Teaching Young Children: Enhancing Social, Emotional, and Physical Development
E ED 610	Observation and Assessment Techniques--
The Young Child
E ED 611	Infant-Toddler Development
E ED 612	Development: The School Age Child1
E ED 616	Developing Language and Communication 
Skills with Young Children

Early Childhood Curriculum

E ED 307	Teaching Young Children: Recognizing 
Individual Differences in Language and 
Cultural Identity
E ED 613	Creative Arts for the Young Child
E ED 614	Developing Math and Science Concepts 
with Young Children
E ED 615	Nature Study and Outdoor Education for 
Young Children
E ED 617	Social, Environmental, and Community 
Studies for Young Children
E ED 697	Play and Play Environment for the Young 
E ED 677	Anti-Bias Curriculum

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