Certificate Programs

If you enjoy helping infants, toddlers and children learn, explore and grow, then a career in child development may be right for you. Graduates of our program are prepared to teach or administer: Private Early Childhood programs and State/Federal Programs including Head Start and School-Age before and after-school programs.

With at least 51% of children having both parents working, the need for quality child development programs continues to grow. Professionals in this field can expect to make between $14,000 to $35,000 annually. Those who continue their education at a four-year university can typically increase their earnings to the mid-$50,000 range.

Career Opportunities: Program Director; Site Supervisor; Master Teacher; Teacher; Associate Teacher; Assistant Teacher; Infant/Toddler Teacher; Children with Special Needs; School Age Program Teacher or Director.

 

4-6 SEMESTERS • JUST $36 PER UNIT SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS OVER UNIVERSITITES & PRIVATE COLLEGES FINANCIAL AID & JOB PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
The Los Angeles City College Vocational & Training Education Act (VTEA) programs offer certificate and degree programs in numerous areas leading to high paying, in-demand occupations. Most programs can be completed in just two years or less. For more information on any of the degree/certificate programs, contact the academic department, visit our website www.lacitycollege.edu (Department Web Pages), or meet with one of our Counselors ext. 2250 (AD108).



Other Campus Services To Assist In Your Career Selection and/or Development:

Admissions ………………………………… (323) 953-4000 ext. 2104 --AD100 Assessment………………………………….(323) 953-4000 ext. 2264 --AD103                              
Assoc Student Org (ASO)………………… (323) 953-4000 ext. 2475 –CH126 Bookstore…………………………………….(323) 953-4000 ext. 2140 --Bookstore
Business Office..…………………………….(323) 953-4000 ext. 2172 - AD111 CalWORKs..………………………………….(323) 953-4000 ext. 2586 – Library Basement

Provides job development , child-care, and other services to eligible welfare recipients.             
Career Center………………….……………(323) 953-4000 ext. 2010 – AD 109 
Child Development Center…..…………….(323) 953-4000 ext. 2220 - Melrose                           
Cub Card Office..…………………………...(323) 953-4000 ext. 2235 - AD107
EOP&S…….…………………………………(323) 953-4000 ext. 2300 – CH111B
                                 
Career exploration and support services for low income and non-traditional students.              
Financial Aid…………………………………(323) 953-4000 ext. 2010 – CH111A 
                             
Free Application, Fee Waivers, Counseling.                                                                                   
Health Center..………………………………(323) 953-4000 ext. 2485 – HH2                              
Learning Skills Center.……………………..(323) 953-4000 ext. 2770 – LIB 103A                                           Library………………………………………..(323) 953-4000 ext.2400  -  LIB                                    
Lost & Found………………………………..(323) 953-4000 ext.2190 – AD 115                          
Sheriff’s Office………………………………(323) 662-5319  - AD 115                                            
Student Services……………………………(323) 953-4000 ext.2460 -  AD 207                    
Transfer Center...…………………………...(323) 953-4000 ext. 2215 - AD109



Our certificate programs build upon one another to prepare students for increasingly higher levels of employment.

The Associate Teacher Certificate
is the first step on the ECE career ladder. Recipients of this certificate meet the minimum state requirements to teach in a private preschool & school age program. With work experience, they also qualify for the California Child Development Permit: Associate Teacher Level.

The Teacher Certificate,
along with 16 General Education units and work experience, make the recipient eligible for the California Child Development Permit: Teacher Level. This enables you to teach in either private or public preschool programs as well as school age programs.

The Associate of Arts degree and the Master Teacher Certificate
enable the recipient to not only teach, but also to supervise other child development teachers and staff. Additionally, completion of the Associate degree allows you to transfer to a four-year university as a junior.

The Site Supervisor Certificate
is the highest certificate offered by our program. Recipients of this certificate are qualified to supervise an entire program at one site.

Specialized Certificates:

The Infant & Toddler Studies and School Age Program and Children with Special Needs Certificates qualify the student for the most entry level teacher position within Infant/Toddler or School Age programs, or to work with Children with Special Needs.  (Note: Units from these certificates can be applied toward the specialization requirement for a Master Teacher Certificate.)
Note Additional Requirements:
•     English 21/73 or English 28/31 co requisites are required for most courses and all certificates. Appropriate placement can be determined by taking the English Placement Assessment.
•     Students are encouraged to take the English Placement Assessment. Go to the Student Assistance Center for information and appointments.
•     Grade of “C” or better in all required courses.

Planning Ahead For Your Career:
•     Many levels of State Teacher Certification require early childhood classroom experience.
•     Employment in early childhood education requires state and federal fingerprint Criminal Clearance.
•     Obtain a Tuberculin clearance with Mantoux text or chest x-ray.
•     May be required to complete a 15 hour CPR class.



Associate of Arts Degree Plan “A” Transfer program
(2 & 3 Year Paths Available)
CD1; CD2; CD3; CD4; CD11; Choose one from the following below:
Child Development 22 or 30 or 31 or 34 and 36 units of General Education requirements.

Associate of Arts Degree Plan “B” Major program (2 & 3 Year Paths Available)
CD 1; CD2; CD3; CD4; CD10; CD11; CD22; CD23; CD65; Plus 8 Electives   Units and 18 units of General Education requirements.  

Child Development Associate Teacher/ Skill Certificate 1 (Private School)
CD 1; CD 2; CD 3 OR CD4; CD 11; English 28/31 (Public  School – Assistant Teacher) NOTE: To qualify for Title 22 – Director: Take above core units and CD 38 (Admin. & Supervision of CD Programs I)

Child Development Teacher / Certificate 2   (Public School)
12 units from Certificate 1 and English 28/31;CD 3 OR CD4; CD 10; CD 22; CD 23 NOTE: To complete requirements for a CA Child Development Permit: Teacher Level, an additional 16 general education (GEs) units are required. Consult a counselor for GEs.

Child Development Master Teacher / Certificate 3
NOTE: Meets requirement for Plan B Associate in Arts (Child Dev. major); See Counselor for GE units.

29 units from Certificate 2   andCD 65  
and 6 Units of specialization classes listed below. (consult with Child Development faculty for specialization options)
CD 30 & 31; 
CD 44 & 45; 
CD 46 & 47; 
CD 48 & CD 53 or F&CS 31
CD 10 & FCS 21;
Note: If you choose CD 10 for this specialization you will need to replace 3 units by choosing another elective. 
CD 42 & Music 147  
Music 130 & Music 147     

Child Development Site Supervisor / Certificate 4 - 26 units from Certificate II  and CD 38; CD39; CD 65

Infant & Toddler Studies / Skill Certificate (Private School) - CD 30; CD 31; CD 1; CD 11; CD 10 or CD 34; and
NOTE: English 28/31 required.          

School Age Programs / Skill Certificate (Private School) - CD 46; CD 47; CD 1; CD 11  and 3 elective units from this list: CD 42; CD44; CD 45; CD 48; English 218; & Music 146 
NOTE: English 28/31 required.

Children with Special Needs / Skill Certificate (Private School) - CD 1; CD 11; CD 44; CD 45 and 3 elective units from this list: CD 10; CD 34; CD 42; CD 48
NOTE: English 28/31 required.

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Child Development