The Basic Core program is designed to fully prepare teachers for assistant, co-lead, and lead classroom teachers working with children birth to age 5. The program includes courses on child development, curriculum, management, developmentally appropriate practice, the role of play in early childhood development and learning, and the important role of the family in early childhood education.

We offer an integrated approach of practical methodology and current research on development and early learning. Highly respected, creative, and dynamic instructors offer classes to a diverse student body. Program and courses meet the academic requirements for California Title 5 and Title 22 regulations, Professional Growth Activities, and California Child Development Permits.  Our online courses attract a national and international audience. A few courses are offered in the classroom (on-ground). Students may elect to specialize expertise by choosing from a wide variety of elective courses. Individual program counseling is available.

Courses listed as X 100 to X 199 series are transferrable for academic credit toward the bachelor's degree at all campuses of the University of California (UC) and can be applied toward a bachelor's degree at any campus of the California State University system (CSU). Courses in the X 300 to X 399 series provide credit that may lead to advanced standing in baccalaureate degree and teacher credentialing programs and are credit-bearing courses in the field of Education. 

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Estimated Cost
Application & Candidacy Fee: $50.00*
Estimated Program Tuition: $3,166.00
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $700.00
Estimated Total Cost: $3,916.00

*This program is open admission. The Application & Candidacy fee establishes your candidacy in the certificate for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and allows you to access a variety of program benefits.

Meets I-20/F1 Visa Requirements: No
Internship Available: No

Additional Details

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Certificate in Basic Early Childhood Education


6 Academic Unit(s)