If you are beginning the program:
Take Child Growth and Development course in Human Development. You may also take Family, School, and Community Partnerships in Human Development and/or Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children within Early Childhood Education OR any class that has Child Growth & Development in Human Development as a co-requisite.
Always check pre-requisites of any class that you want to take to make sure that you have completed them before taking the class.
12 Units are required by the state to teach in a childcare center. Most classes are 3 units. Prerequisites for each field are shown below.
Preschool: Take HD 180, HD 190, and EC 155. The fourth class you will take is EC 200, however you must complete EC 155 first.
Infant/Toddler: Take HD 180, HD 190 and HD 184 and then EC 220, however you must complete HD 184 first.
School-age: Take HD 180, HD 190, EC 155, and EC 229 OR EC 230.
Please note that this 12-unit requirement is the least possible amount of units needed to teach in a childcare program and is not an optimal level of preparation. We suggest that you complete a certificate in a particular age group for a complete preparation for teaching in the classroom.
You may take any class from the core or your choice of certificate options as long as you have completed the pre-requisites OR are enrolled in the co-requisite listed for that class. Always check for the pre-requisites and co-requisites. Contact us if you have questions.