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Early Childhood Teacher Level 1

Certificate of Achievement

This certificate requires the successful completion of 6 required core courses and 3 units of electives for a total of 21 units. This certificate satisfies the Department of Social Services Title 22 Community Care Licensing requirements for qualified infant-toddler and pre-school teachers, as well as before and after school age caregivers in a licensed early childhood program. It also satisfies the California Department of Education Title 5 child development coursework requirements for the Child Development Assistant or Associate Teacher permit. Possible career options are infant-toddler assistant or caregiver, assistant teacher or aide, teacher, early intervention assistant, family care provider, and before and after school-age caregiver.

Major Core Requirements (15 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
CHST001Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children3 units
CHST002Child Growth and Development3 units
CHST034AIntroduction to the Child With Special Needs3 units
CHST063Child, Family, and Community3 units
CHST066Child Safety, Health and Nutrition3 units

Major Electives List A: Choose one of the following options - CHST 070 or take both ELED 020 and 020A (3 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
CHST070Infant-Toddler Development & Care3 units
ELED020Introduction to Elementary Teaching2 units
ELED020AField Experience in Elementary Teaching1 unit

Major Electives List B (3 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
CHST058EC Language and Literacy Curriculum3 units
CHST059EC Music and Movement Curriculum3 units
CHST060Early Childhood STEM Curriculum3 units
CHST067EC Creative Arts Curriculum3 units

Total Certificate Units: 21 units

To be awarded a certificate, a student must:

  1. Complete all the major requirements.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” (or "P") or better for all required courses.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Meet the requirements to apply for and receive an Associate Teacher permit from the California Department of Education Child Development Teacher Permit Matrix.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative partnerships with children, families, colleagues, and the community.
  • Provide and support service in the care, development and instruction of children in a child care and development program.
Last Updated 7/19/23