Early Childhood Education, Advanced Core Program

This online certificate teaches the skills needed to take on an administrative or supervisory role in programs for children from birth to age five.

This program is perfect for...

  • Students preparing for an administrative or supervisory role in programs for children from birth to age 5
  • Individuals seeking to be highly respected, creative, and dynamic ECE leaders
  • Educators looking to meet the academic requirements for California Title 5 and Title 22 regulations and California Child Development Administrative Permits
  • Students who want to start a child care center or advance to a Director position.

What you can learn.

  • Discover ways to create an optimal learning environment where children, parents, and teachers function as a team in the educational process
  • Explore the logistical and philosophical details of planning, implementation, and appropriate care and education at childcare centers
  • Learn licensing, permits, and regulations for the state of California
  • Learn to organize staff for effective communication and interpersonal relationships
  • Discover criteria for selecting and evaluating personnel

What our students say.

What this certificate has done for our students.


feel the certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting the certificate


feel the certificate helped them switch careers


recommend the certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses

Students must complete 4 required courses and 6 units (2 courses) of elective credit. 

Please note: UCLA Extension is on the quarter system. If you are seeking a Child Development Permit, you may need additional units based on the type of permit you are seeking. Please be aware the permit unit requirements are based on semester units. 

EDUC X 321.19
Typically Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 321.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 321.21
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 321.23
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Summer
Students must complete 4 required courses and 6 units (2 courses) of elective credit. 

What is the Early Childhood Education Advanced Core Certificate? 

The Advanced Core Certificate Program is designed for the individual seeking employment as a master teacher, administrator, supervisor or director of a preschool or childcare center after completing the prerequisite of both, the ECE Associate Teacher Certificate and the Lead Teacher Advanced Courses Certificate. The Advanced Core Certificate meets the master teacher/administrator preparation course work requirements for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) Master Teacher, Site Supervisor and Program Director Child Development Permits (includes both Title 22 private facility and Title 5 public facility requirements). 

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. Students who score below 500 on the TOEFL exam will have difficulty understanding course materials and assignments. For TOEFL information visit www.toefl.org.

Before applying to the Advanced Core Certificate, students must first complete the ECE Associate Teacher Certificate and Lead Teacher Advanced Courses Certificate, or equivalent coursework and submit a completed 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. 

What requirements do I need to fulfill for the Advanced Core Certificate?

You are required to complete both, the ECE Associate Teacher Certificate and the Lead Teacher Advanced Courses Certificate, or equivalent coursework before taking the Advanced Core program. 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). The electives for Advanced Core Program should be different from the ones completed for the ECE Associate Teacher Certificate and Lead Teacher Advanced Courses Certificate. A grade of C or better must be earned in all courses for a candidate to receive the certificate. 

Once I receive my Early Childhood Education Certificate, am I qualified to be a master teacher, administrator, site supervisor or director of any Early Childhood School in California?

Upon completion of the total 27 quarter units from both, the ECE Associate Teacher Certificate and the Lead Teacher Advanced Courses Certificate or equivalent units, you may be qualified to be a master teacher, administrator, site supervisor or director at a private facility provided that you also complete additional requirements outlined by the California Commission on Teaching Credentials (CCTC) for Title 22 (private facility) and Title 5 Child Development Permits (public facility). Please visit the CCTC web site for information regarding permit requirements www.ctc.ca.gov

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

You can transfer up to 6 quarter units or 4 semester units 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 seven 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 contact us for more information. 

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.

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 does not currently provide a job placement or career counseling service. Students are encouraged to seek out organizations that provide job listings, such as Southern California Association for the Education of Young Children (SCAEYC).

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

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