Associate Teacher Certificate

This meets the coursework requirements for the Associate Teacher level of the California Child Development Permit. It also meets the minimum coursework requirements for employment in some community care licensed preschools and prepares students to be competent and effective teachers and caregivers for young children ages 0-5. Complete all required courses to earn your award. A minimum grade of "C" in each course is required to receive the award. All courses must be completed at Saddleback College to receive this award.

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

  • Teacher in some Title 22 Programs
  • Assistant in Infant & Toddler Programs
  • Assistant in Title 5 programs for 3-5 year olds
  • Assistant in Special Needs Settings


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.

Down load the Associate Teacher Certificate checklist

Associate Teacher Certificate

Course ID Title Units
CDE 101* Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3
CDE 15* Child, Family and Community 3
CDE 7 or 7H* Child Growth and Development 3
CDE 110* Introduction to Curriculum 3
 Total Required Units 12

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

Career Ladder

You're just at the beginning with 12 units and you've got some basic ideas about early childhood education. Research shows more education makes better teachers.

Just a few more classes will move you up to your certificate in Child Development and with a few more classes after that you can earn your Associate of Science Degree.

Saddleback College offers Early Childhood Teacher Certificates with emphasis in several specialized areas. Each of these levels makes you eligible for pay increases in your job.