Early Childhood Education, Basic Core Program

This program teaches the skills needed to become a classroom lead teacher working with children from birth to age 5.

This program is perfect for...

  • Students preparing for a teaching role in a classroom for children from birth to age 5
  • Individuals seeking to be highly respected, creative, and dynamic instructors
  • Educators looking to meet academic requirements for California Title 5 and Title 22 regulations, Professional Growth Activities, and California Child Development Permits
  • Students looking for contemporary knowledge in child development and early care and education.

What you can learn.

  • Explore child growth and development from prenatal development through adolescence
  • Discover the philosophies, history, and development of early childhood programs
  • Learn the dynamics between young child, family, school, and community, including cultural and social influences
  • Learn to equip, plan, and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning environment for young children

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 5 required courses and 6 units (2 courses) of elective credit.

Unless you have significant early childhood education experience, we recommend taking these courses in the following order: X121, X122, X123, X124, X125. CA teacher permits for the Associate Teacher level and above specifically require the courses X121, X122, X123, and X124. Additional units are required, depending on the permit level.

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 123
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 124
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 125
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 121
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 122
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Students must complete 5 required courses and 6 units (2 courses) of elective credit.

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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