Teaching in Early Child Care Settings

Professional Certificate in Teaching in Early Child Care Settings

Professional Certificate in Teaching in Early Child Care Settings

Classroom or Online Program


12-24 months


UCR Extension

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The early years of a child’s life are fundamental in shaping their overall development. Become part of their story by enrolling in our program to establish the essential skills and knowledge needed to promote a sound, well-structured beginning.

Whether using this as a stepping stone to pursue a higher level degree in Child Development, or looking to become an early care and education professional, this program has what you need. Building from the ground up, you will acquire best practices relating to the CDE Foundations of Preschool Learning and how to incorporate age and developmentally appropriate curricula in order to ensure that the emotional, social, creative, physical and cognitive needs of children are met.

Designed For

Individuals who plan to become a preschool teacher or early care and education professional, apply for an Assistant, Associate Teacher or Teacher Child Development Permit, and/or pursue an associate degree in Child Development.

What You'll Learn

  • An overview of early childhood education with focus on the interrelationships among the child’s environment and their physical, emotional, cognitive and social development.
  • Methods for integrating developmentally appropriate experiences and best practices through research-based curricula.
  • Reasons for how relationships affect children's behavior and development.
  • The connections between home, school and community and their effects on the learning of children in different contexts.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.

Program Overview


22.5 Units


3 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“I can proudly say that the program motivated me to follow my dreams of continuing my education. With the continued support and encouragement of my family, I am now working toward my Bachelor's degree in child and adolescent development.”

Lizette Gonzalez

Hesperia, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • None

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies: Child Growth and Development


4.5 units

Quarter 2

Role of Home, School and Community in Early Childhood Education


4.5 units

Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum in Early Childhood Education


4.5 units

Quarter 3

Teaching in a Diverse Society

EDUC X81.92

4.5 units

Quarter 4

Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children

EDUC X80.01

4.5 units

Quarter 5


Instructor Spotlight

“We recognize how valuable time is for teachers, and we understand the needs of non-traditional learners, so we strive to design our programs and schedule our courses with a work, life, and learning balance in mind. Whether you want to add a credential, enhance your skils, complete a professional certificate, or get started on a Master's degree, we have what you need.”

Annette Webb

Associate Dean of Academic Programs
UCR Extension

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