Early Childhood Teacher

Certificate and Associate of Science Degree

webphoto.jpgThis certificate meets the coursework requirements for the Teacher level of the California Child Development Permit and prepares students to be competent and effective teachers and caregivers for young children ages 3-5.

Additional work experience with young children (175 days of 3 hours per day within 4 years) may be required to qualify for state permit. The Saddleback Certificate can be earned with coursework only.

Students are encouraged to apply for BOTH the college certificate and the state permit.

Complete all core courses, supervised field experience, including all prerequisite courses and specified general education courses to earn your certificate.

A minimum grade of "C" in each course is required to receive the certificate.

Qualifies you for careers working directly or indirectly with children in related fields such as:

  • Preschool & Pre-K Teacher
  • Parent Co-op Teacher
  • Children's Museums
  • Children's Advocacy



Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Download the Early Childhood Teacher checklist

Core Courses

Course ID Title Units
CD 101* Principles and Practices for Teaching Young Children 3
CD 15* Child, Family and Community 3
CD 7* Child Growth and Development 3
CD 110* Introduction to Curriculum 3
CD 111* Child Guidance and Communication 3
CD 112* Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
CD 117* Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
CD 120* Observation and Assessment 3

Supervised Field Experience Course

Course ID Title Units
CD 121* Practicum: the student teaching experience
Lab placement must be in a setting that serves children ages 3-5

General Education (16 Units)

At least one degree applicable course in each of the following four (4) areas must be included. See Associate Degree, CSU or IGETC general education lists found in class schedule or student handbook for acceptable courses.

Content Area Units
English/Language Arts 4
Science or Math 4
Social Sciences 4
Humanities/Fine Arts 4
Total units in Early Childhood Teacher Certificate: 45

*Course has a prerequisite, co-requisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in catalog.