Site Supervisor Certificate


This certificate meets the coursework requirements for the Site Supervisor level of the California Child Development Permit and prepares students to be single site supervisors under Title 5 regulations or directors under title 22 regulations.

Additional work experience with young children (350 days of 3 hours per day within 4 years as well as 100 days supervising adults) is 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 program director
  • Parent Co-op Director
  • Children's Advocacy
  • Children's Museums


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 Site Supervisor checklist

Core Courses

Course ID Title Units
CDE 101* Principles and Practices for 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
CDE 111* Child Guidance and Communication 3
CDE 112* Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
CDE 117* Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
CDE 120* Observation and Assessment 3

Supervised Field Experience Course

Course ID Title Units
CDE 121* Practicum: The Student Teaching Experience 5

Note: CD 121 must be completed in a setting approved by the instructor. You will be working with children whose ages correspond to the certificate you are receiving. Email the instructor for a practicum placement request as soon as you are registered in the course.

Adult Supervision/Administration Courses

Course ID Title Units
CDE 127* Adult Supervision and Mentoring 3
CDE 128* Administration I:Programs in Early Childhood Education 3
CDE 129* Administration II: Personnel and Leadership in ECEt 3

General Education Requirements for Certificate (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  
Science or Math  
Social Sciences  
Humanities/Fine Arts  
Total including at least one course from each area 16


Total units in Site Supervisor Certificate: 54

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