Professional Certificate in Teaching in Early Child Care Settings

Professional Certificate in Teaching in Early Child Care Settings

Classroom Program


12-24 months


25.5 Units

UCR Extension

The early years of a child’s life are fundamental in shaping their overall development. Become part of their story by enrolling in our program to establish the essential skills and knowledge needed to promote a sound, well-structured beginning.

Whether using this as a stepping stone to pursue a higher level degree in Child Development, or looking to become an early care and education professional, this program has what you need. Building from the ground up, you will acquire best practices relating to the CDE Foundations of Preschool Learning and how to incorporate age and developmentally appropriate curricula in order to ensure that the emotional, social, creative, physical and cognitive needs of children are met.

Designed For

Individuals who plan to become a preschool teacher or early care and education professional, apply for an Assistant, Associate Teacher or Teacher Child Development Permit, and/or pursue an associate degree in Child Development.

What You'll Learn

  • An overview of early childhood education with focus on the interrelationships among the child’s environment and their physical, emotional, cognitive and social development.
  • Methods for integrating developmentally appropriate experiences and best practices through research-based curricula.
  • Reasons for how relationships affect children's behavior and development.
  • The connections between home, school and community and their effects on the learning of children in different contexts.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.

Program Overview


22.5 Units


3 Units

“I can proudly say that the program motivated me to follow my dreams of continuing my education. With the continued support and encouragement of my family, I am now working toward my Bachelor's degree in child and adolescent development.”

Lizette Gonzalez

Hesperia, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • None

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies: Child Growth and Development


4.5 units

Studies about early childhood education from a historical perspective and an examination of interrelationships among the child's environment and his/her physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. Developmentally appropriate techniques for working with children birth through eight years of age.

Quarter 2

Role of Home, School and Community in Early Childhood Education


4.5 units

Interrelationships of the home, school, community and their effects on the learning of young children. Emphasis is on cooperation and communication, problem solving and self-discipline. Skills necessary to succeed in an era of technology and change are discussed, utilizing partnerships with teachers and parents.

Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum in Early Childhood Education


4.5 units

Methods for integrating and implementing developmentally appropriate experiences in language, art, music and science, with a focus on the emotional, social, creative, physical and cognitive needs of children from infancy through eight years of age. Emphasis on child-centered active-learning approaches.

Quarter 3

Teaching in a Diverse Society

EDUC X81.92

4.5 units

Development of social identities in diverse societies as they apply to young children, families, programs, classrooms and teaching. Classroom strategies that emphasize culturally and linguistically appropriate anti-bias approaches are explored.

Quarter 4

Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children

EDUC X80.01

4.5 units

Examination of the theoretical principles, developmentally appropriate practices and teaching strategies that support physical, social, creative and intellectual development for young children. Historical roots of early childhood programs and the evolution of the professional practices promoting advocacy, ethics and professional identity are discussed.

Quarter 5
“Whatever your goal, completing a professional certificate program will give you confidence to reach for the top. Join thousands of UCR Extension students whose lives have been transformed by our programs.”

Dr. Sharon Duffy

UCR Extension Professional Studies

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