What is the Early Childhood Education Basic Core Certificate?
The Basic Core Certificate Program is designed for the individual seeking employment as a teacher in a preschool or child care setting. This certificate program meets the teacher preparation course work requirements for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) requirements for Title 22 licensing regulations (private setting) and Title 5 Child Development permits (public setting). Check CCTC for more information.
What are the requirements necessary to apply for the Basic 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 whose score is below 500 on the TOEFL exam will have difficulty understanding course materials and assignments. For TOEFL information, visit www.toefl.org.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.
If attended and/or received my degree from a foreign university. Do I need to submit my transcript with the application?
Individuals who have completed college or university course work in early childhood education at a foreign institution must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees, and other relevant documents prior to applying for the ECE Certificate.
A foreign transcript evaluation is required even if the foreign course work has been accepted by a college or university in the United States.
Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the approved organizations listed on CCTC Foreign Transcript Evaluation Leaflet Number CL-635 in order to be accepted. These organizations are private enterprises who charge a fee for their services. Individuals pursuing a foreign transcript evaluation must follow the procedures outlined by the organization providing the evaluation. In all instances, original, official documentation will be required when requesting the evaluation. To see a list of the approved organizations, please check the CCTC website at www.ctc.ca.gov.
What requirements do I need to fulfill for the Basic Core Certificate?
You are required to complete the five mandatory core courses plus two elective courses of your choice from the elective section for Basic and Advanced Core Certificate programs. A grade of C or better is required.
Once I receive my Early Childhood Education Certificate, am I qualified to teach in any Early Childhood School in California?
Upon completion of the total 27 quarter units, or 18 semester units, you will be qualified to work in a private child care facility. If you would like to work in a public child care facility you will need to obtain the Child Development Permit /Title 5. Child Development Permits are issued by The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and can be obtained by completing the 27 quarter units offered for Basic Core, in addition to other early childhood education units which you can obtain from the electives section. The additional units required are based on the type of the permit you are applying for. You should apply to the CCTC to receive your permit. Some permits require general education and supervisory courses in addition to early childhood courses. Please check CCTC requirements before applying for your permit.
Is the UCLA Extension Early Childhood Certificate the same as the CCTC Child Development Permits?
No. The Early Childhood Certificate is a certificate of completion through UCLA Extension and meets state requirement for teachers and administrators for Title 22 & Title 5; however, the units completed in the Basic Core can be used toward the CCTC Child Development Permits.