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.

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 application form at uclaextension.edu and pay the required non-refundable fee of $50. This certificate must be completed within five years of the Application for Candidacy date. If you have questions regarding how to complete the application, you may call the UCLA Education Extension office at (310) 825-4191 or e-mail eceonline@uclaxtension.edu.

 

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 estimated cost of the Basic Core Certificate is $4,078 for 29 quarter units of Early Childhood Education (ECE) credit including the application certificate fee and estimated cost of textbooks. Fees are subject to change.

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. 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 mandatory core courses plus two elective courses of your choice from the elective section for Basic and Advanced Core Certificate programs. A grade of C or better is required.

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 care facility. If you would like to work in a public child care facility you will need to obtain the Child Development Permit /Title 5. Child Development Permits are issued by The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and can be obtained by completing Early Childhood units which are offered in our programs. You should apply to the CCTC to receive your permit. Some permits require general education and supervisory courses in addition to early childhood courses. Please check CCTC requirements before applying for your permit.

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

No. The Early Childhood Certificate is a certificate of completion through UCLA Extension and meets state requirement for teachers and administrators for Title 22 & Title 5; however, the units completed in the Basic Core can be used toward the CCTC Child Development Permits.

What is the Early Childhood Education Advanced Core Certificate?

The Advanced Core Certificate Program is designed for the individual seeking the administration and adult supervision course work (units) in early childhood education required in the master teacher, site supervisor or director permits for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) (includes both Title 22 private facility and Title 5 public facility requirements).

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 or 18 semester units) and is designed for teachers of preschool. 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 of preschool and child care settings.

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.

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?

Submit application form at uclaextension.edu and pay the required non-refundable fee of $50. This certificate must be completed within five years of the Application for Candidacy date. If you have questions regarding how to complete the application, you may call the UCLA Education Extension office at (310) 825-4191 or e-mail eceonline@uclaxtension.edu.

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 estimated cost of the Advanced Core Certificate is $2,792 for 18 quarter units of Early Childhood Education (ECE) credit including the $50 certificate fee and estimated cost of textbooks. Fees are subject to change.

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). 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.

 

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

You can transfer up to 25% of the coursework 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 five 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 email eceonline@uclaextension.edu and request a course transfer evaluation.

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

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

X 1 to X 199: These courses are structured in accordance with requirements for UCLA undergraduate courses, but include subject matter not part of the regular undergraduate curriculum. While no courses are exactly equivalent to these are offered in UCLA’s regular session, X 1 to X 199 courses are transferable for unit credit toward the Bachelor’s Degree at all campuses of the University of California. Up to 36 units of credit earned in the X 1-199 course series can be accepted for unit, subject, and grade credit toward a bachelor’s degree at any campus of the California State University system (CSU). Applicability for subject credit is typically determined by the UCLA student’s major department, and by other institutions upon consideration of the full course description.

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 provides certificate students with a career center website.