The Child Development Program is designed for students interested in infant, toddler, preschool or school-age education. Students may earn an AA degree in Child Development or an Associate Teacher Certificate, Teacher Certificate, Master Teacher Certificate or Site Supervisor Certificate for completing a defined course of study that requires fewer units than the AA degree. The California Child Development Permit Matrix requirements are reflected in our program allowing students to qualify for the permits required for teaching in programs governed by Title V and funded by contracts with the State of California. Permits are issued by the State Department of Education, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (not Cerro Coso) and include: Assistant Teacher, Associate Teacher, Teacher, Master Teacher, and Site Supervisor.
All professionals working with children are required to have a clean criminal record, to demonstrate freedom from tuberculosis (TB), and to demonstrate the physical ability to perform all of the duties of a professional position working directly with children.
- Child Care Center Assistant Teacher, Associate Teacher, Teacher, Administrator
- Elementary School Classroom Assistant
- Special Needs Program Teacher, Administrator, Trainer, Consultant
"Thank you so much for all your productive feedback, prompt grading, and for caring about all of your students and the children who will benefit from them. It has been a pleasure for me to be part of this class..."
Early-childhood education "improves children's cognitive abilities, helps to create a foundation for lifelong learning, makes learning outcomes more equitable, reduces poverty and improves social mobility from generation to generation." (OECD, 2012)