UCLA Extension

FAQ: Early Childhood Education (Basic and Advanced)

What is the Early Childhood Education Basic Core Certificate?

The Basic Core Certificate Program is designed for the individual seeking employment as a teacher in a preschool or child care setting. This certificate program meets the teacher preparation course work requirements for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) requirements for Title 22 licensing regulations (private setting) and Title 5 Child Development permits (public setting). Check CCTC for more information at www.ctc.ca.gov.

What are the requirements necessary to apply for the Basic Core Certificate?

Professional-level English language proficiency is required in the following areas: listening and note-taking; reading comprehension and vocabulary; written expression and oral presentation. Students who lack these skills should consider taking English as a Second Language courses offered by the UCLA Extension American Language Center, before enrolling in this program. Students whose score is below 500 on the TOEFL exam will have difficulty understanding course materials and assignments. For TOEFL information, visit www.toefl.org.

Note: Certificate candidates must enroll for a letter grade and earn a grade of C or better in every course in order to be awarded a certificate.

How do I apply for the Early Childhood Education Basic Core Certificate?

Submit completed Application for Candidacy Form upon completion of the second course in the series and pay the required non-refundable fee of $50. This certificate must be completed within two years of the Application for Candidacy date. If you have questions regarding how to complete the application, you may call the UCLA Education Extension ECE office at (310) 825-2960 or e-mail education@uclaxtension.edu.

If attended and/or received my degree from a foreign university. Do I need to submit my transcript with the application?

Individuals who have completed college or university course work in early childhood education at a foreign institution must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees, and other relevant documents prior to applying for the ECE Certificate. A foreign transcript evaluation is required even if the foreign course work has been accepted by a college or university in the United States. The foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the approved organizations listed on CCTC Foreign Transcript Evaluation Leaflet Number CL-635 in order to be accepted. These organizations are private enterprises who charge a fee for their services. Individuals pursuing a foreign transcript evaluation must follow the procedures outlined by the organization providing the evaluation. In all instances, original, official documentation will be required when requesting the evaluation. To see a list of the approved organizations, please check the CCTC website at www.ctc.ca.gov.

What are the costs of applying for and completing the Early Childhood Education Basic Core Certificate?

Depending upon the course format (classroom-based or online), the cost of the Basic Core Certificate ranges between $2705 and $3115 for 29 quarter units of Early Childhood Education (ECE) credit including the $50 certificate fee. Fees are subject to change and do not include the costs of textbooks and parking.

Is there any financial aid or grant support?

A few sources for funding are available for students who currently work as early educators in Los Angeles County and are taking courses in child development. Each funding source has different eligibility guidelines, so check each opportunity carefully.

1. Investing in Early Educators Stipend Program: Investing in Early Educators Stipend Program: APPLICATIONS DUE OCTOBER 16TH, 2014 (if you are mailing in your application it must be postmarked by 10/16) or APPLICATIONS ARE DUE OCTOBER 23RD, 2014 (if you drop off your application). You may be eligible if you:

  • Work in a California Department of Education (CDE)/ Early Education and Support Division contracted child development center, or
  • Work in a licensed center in which 51% or more of the children are receiving a child care subsidy, or
  • Work in a licensed center that is participating in the Race to the Top, Early Learning Challenge
  • Hold a child development permit

For more information please visit: http://www.ceo.lacounty.gov/ccp/iieesp_prepare.htm.

2. ASPIRE (also known as CARESPlus): If you are working in child care centers or family child care programs and are not eligible for the Investing in Early Educators Stipend Program, you may be eligible for funding to support your coursework through ASPIRE.

For more information please visit: http://workforce.laup.net/aspire-stipend-program.aspx.

3. Career Incentive Grants: You may be eligible if you are:

  • Enrolled in classes working toward a certificate
  • A recipient of permit waivers by the California Department of Education (CDE)
  • Employed in low API service areas through employment at a CDE Early Education and Support Division funded program

For more information please visit: https://www.childdevelopment.org/cs/cdtc/print/htdocs/services_ci.htm

What requirements do I need to fulfill for the Basic Core Certificate?

You are required to complete the five mandatorycore courses plus two elective courses of your choice from the elective sectionfor Basic and Advanced Core Certificate programs. A grade of C or better isrequired.

Once I receive my Early Childhood Education Certificate, am I qualified to teach in any Early Childhood School in California?

Upon completion of the total 29 quarter units,or 18 semester units, you will be qualified to work in a private child carefacility. If you would like to work in a public child care facility you willneed to obtain the Child Development Permit /Title 5. Child Development Permitsare issued by The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and canbe obtained by completing the 29 quarter units offered for Basic Core, inaddition to other early childhood education units which you can obtain from theelectives section. The additional units required are based on the type of thepermit you are applying for. You should apply to the CCTC to receive yourpermit. Some permits require general education and supervisory courses inaddition to early childhood courses. Please check CCTC requirements beforeapplying for your permit.

Is the UCLA Extension Early Childhood Certificate the same as the CCTC Child Development Permits?

No. The Early Childhood Certificate is acertificate of completion through UCLA Extension and meets state requirementfor teachers and administrators for Title 22 & Title 5; however, the unitscompleted in the Basic Core can be used toward the CCTC Child DevelopmentPermits.

What is the Early Childhood Education Advanced Core Certificate?

The Advanced Core Certificate Program is designed for the individual seeking employment as a master teacher,administrator, supervisor or director of a preschool or childcare center aftercompleting the prerequisite of the Basic Core Certificate. This certificateprogram meets the master teacher/administrator preparation course workrequirements for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)Master Teacher, Site Supervisor and Program Director Child Development Permits(includes both Title 22 private facility and Title 5 public facilityrequirements).

What is the difference in requirements between a Basic Core Certificate and an Advanced Core Certificate?

The Basic Core program consists of five required core courses and two elective courses (a total of 29 quarter units or18 semester units) and is designed for teachers of preschool. The Basic CoreCertificate or its equivalent is a prerequisite for the Advanced CoreCertificate. The Advanced Core program consists of four required core courses and two elective courses (a total of 18 quarter units or 12 semester units),and is designed for teachers, administrators, supervisors, and directors ofpreschool and child care settings. The elective courses for the Advanced Core should be different from those completed for the Basic Core certificate. We recommend taking X440 Legal Basics.

What are the requirements necessary to apply for the Advanced Core Certificate?

Professional-level English language proficiency is required in the following areas: listening and note-taking; reading comprehension and vocabulary; written expression and oral presentation. Students who lack these skills should consider taking English as a Second Language courses offered by the UCLA Extension American Language Center, before enrolling in this program. Students who score below 500 on the TOEFL exam will have difficulty understanding course materials and assignments. For TOEFL information visit www.toefl.org.

Before applying to the Advanced Core certificate program, students must first complete the Basic Core certificate program or equivalent coursework and submit a completed Application for Candidacy form along with the required non-refundable fee of $50. The Application for Candidacy must be submitted upon completion of the second course in the series and the Advanced Core certificate must be completed within two years of the Application for Candidacy date.

Note: Certificate candidates must enroll for a letter grade and earn a grade of C or better in every course in order to be awarded a certificate.

How do I apply for the Advanced Core Certificate in Early Childhood Education?

You must complete the Basic Core Certificate or equivalent coursework in order to be accepted in the Advanced Core certificate program. Submit the completed Application for Candidacy form upon completion of the second course in the series along with the non-refundable $50 certificate fee.

What are the costs of applying for and completing the Early Childhood Education Advanced Core Certificate?

Depending upon the course format (classroom-based or online), the cost of the Advanced Core Certificate ranges between $1640 and $1970 for 18 quarter units of Early Childhood Education (ECE) credit including the $50 certificate fee. Fees are subject to change and do not include the costs of textbooks and parking.

What requirements do I need to fulfill for the Advanced Core Certificate?

The Advanced Core Certificate program consists of four mandatory, core courses and two electives of your choice from the elective section (total of 18 quarter units, or 12 semester units). We highly suggest that you take X440.2 Educator Liability Fundamentals as an elective. Certificate candidates must enroll for a letter grade. A grade of C or better must be earned in all courses for a candidate to receive the certificate.

Once I receive my Early Childhood Education Certificate, am I qualified to be a master teacher, administrator, site supervisor or director of any Early Childhood School in California?

Upon completion of the total 29 quarter units from the Basic Core Certificate and the 18 quarter units from the Advanced Core Certificate you may be qualified to be a master teacher, administrator, site supervisor or director at a private facility provided that you also complete additional requirements outlined by the California Commission on Teaching Credentials (CCTC) for Title 22 (private facility) and Title 5 Child Development Permits (public facility). Please visit the CCTC web site for information regarding permit requirements www.ctc.ca.gov.

Can I transfer units from another institution to UCLA Extension’s Certificate Program?

You can transfer up to 6 quarter units or 4 semester units from another institution only if the academic units were completed from an accredited school with a grade of B or better. In addition, courses must be completed within the past seven years, and comparable to courses offered by UCLA Extension.

If you have taken courses which you think might be applicable to our program at other institutions please mail official transcript and course description for each course with cover sheet of your information and the reasons you are sending these documents to:

UCLA Extension, Education Department
Attn.: Early Childhood Programs (Mary Abdulla)
10995 Le Conte Avenue Room 639
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Please allow 4 weeks for your transcripts to be evaluated. If the transfer is acceptable you will be notified my mail with an information sheet acknowledging the transferred course(s) and indicating the remaining courses to be completed to earn the certificate.

Can I transfer UCLA Extension’s units to other institutions?

It is up to the institution where you areplanning to transfer your completed courses to determine acceptability of theseunits. Education courses classified under course numbers X 300 to X 399 arepost-graduate, professional credit-bearing courses in the field of education.Major emphasis is on teaching methods and materials, curriculum, philosophicaland sociological foundations of education and educational problems and laws.

How do I obtain a CCTC Child Development permit?

You must apply directly to the CCTC for a Child Development Permit. For further information on the application process and requirements for the various Child Development Permits, contact the CCTC toll-free at (888) 921-2682 or visit the CCTC website at www.ctc.ca.gov.

Does UCLA Education Extension provide a job placement or career counseling service for its Certificate holders?

UCLA Extension does not currently provide a job placement or career counseling service. Students are encouraged to seek out organizations that provide job listings such as Southern California Association for the Education of Young Children (SCAEYC) or visit their web site for more information on how to obtain a job listing http://northbayscaeyc.tripod.com/.