Apply for your Child Development Permit
California offers six levels of Child Development Permits, each with its own set of issuance requirements and each authorizing the holder to perform different levels of service in child development programs. The permits are issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, which is the same agency that issues Teaching Credentials for Public School Teaching. Permits are required if you work for a school that is funded by the Department of Education or Head Start although it is useful to have for title 22 programs as well.
Saddleback College is approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to fast-track permit processing. Students and alumni who apply for permits through our department receive their permits in about 6-8 weeks compared to the typical 4-6 months for standard processing.
Step 1: Obtain Transcripts from all colleges you have attended
- The Commission on Teacher Credentialing accepts only official transcripts. They do not accept e-transcripts or unofficial such as your MySite academic record.
- Most colleges have online ordering. Search "Transcripts" on your college's webpage or contact their Records office.
Step 2: Determine the Child Development Permit level you qualify for
There are two pathways to qualify for a Permit. Choose the best match for you:
- Option 1 for candidates without previous degrees
- Alternative Qualifications for candidates who have an AA/AS, BA/BS, MA/MS or Higher degree
If your degree was not obtained in the United States, you must have it evaluated by one of these agencies: Foreign Transcript Evaluation Agencies
Step 3: Complete the Paperwork
Assistant, Associate Teacher, Teacher, and Upgrades
The processing fees for these levels can be paid for by the Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) when funding is available. Check with a faculty member on availability of this funding. If funding is not available you may still apply for your permit using the process shown below for the higher permits. CDTC pays:
- The Permit Application Fee
- Reimburses for fingerprinting
- CTC Application for Permit and CDTC Fee Payment/Reimbursement Choose your form from the options under the gold tab at the top right of the page.
- If you have already been fingerprinted for a previous permit or credential, a copy of the permit or credential can be submitted as verification of fingerprints. They do not need to be redone.
- Fingerprints are not universal. If you have had fingerprints done for an agency other than CTC, they do not transfer and must be done again.
Master Teacher, Site Supervisor, and Program Director
Saddleback Faculty can fast-track the process but candidates must pay their own fees if not being upgraded from a lower level permit.
If you have not already been fingerprinted for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) also complete the 41-LS Request for LiveScan Service take it to a livescan location and save the original receipt.
If you have already been fingerprinted for a previous permit or credential, a copy of the permit or credential can be submitted as verification of fingerprints. They do not need to be redone.
Fingerprints are not universal. If you have had fingerprints done for an agency other than CTC, they do not transfer and must be done again.
- Visit the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for Online Permit Renewal. Save the receipt for CDTC reimbursement.$55 of $57 is reimbursed.
- Assistant and Associate Teacher Permits cannot be renewed. You must upgrade to a higher level by the expiration date.
Step 4: Meet with Child Development Faculty for Processing
Once all of your required forms are completed contact one of the Child Development Faculty For Fast-Tracked Permit Processing and Letter of Verification to use while waiting for your actual permit is being finalized by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Applications can be processed by mail and email.
Step 5: View and Print your Permit Online
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Commission) will only provide credentials, certificates, and permits through an online view and print process. The Commission will no longer print and mail these documents; they will be available online to colleges, universities, employers and the document holder within 48 hours of issuance. At that time, a document may be printed from the Commission's website. To check on your permit status, click on the link below and create a (free) educator profile with a login.
Contact any of the Child Development Faculty