A female teacher assists young children.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a successful society places a high value on the importance of its children. California State University, East Bay recognizes the value of children and their education, and offers a certificate program in Early Childhood Development. Depending on students’ background, needs, and career goals, the program offers two certificate options: the Associate Teacher Permit Track and the Teacher Permit Track. To earn a certificate in Early Childhood Development, the student must complete 20 units for the Associate Teacher Permit Track certificate or 36 units for the Teacher Permit Track certificate. The program’s courses can also fulfill course requirements for the Cal State East Bay B.A. in Human Development with an Early Childhood Development Option.
The Cal State East Bay certificate in Early Childhood Development prepares graduates for employment as early childhood teachers and care providers of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in public or private settings, including home care centers. We encourage students interested in learning about early childhood education (ECE), students who desire to pursue a career in ECE but cannot attend such courses in person on a university campus due to time or geographic location constraints, and students who are planning to enter the early childhood care and education work force, or those who have just begun entry-level ECE careers to enroll in the program.