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Child Development: Associate Teacher Certificate Child Development Total Units: 12
Term Effective: Fall 2017


The Child Development: Associate Teacher Skills Certificate meets requirements for the Associate Teacher level of the Child Development Permit issued by the State of California Commission on Teacher Preparation. This certificate program represents the first rung of a career ladder. Students completing this certificate program may continue with the Child Development Teacher Certificate to enhance their employment opportunities. Students frequently find jobs in both publicly funded and private centers for early care and education.

Job titles include Teacher Aide, Assistant Child Care Worker, Associate Preschool Teacher.

Employers generally report that it is very difficult to find applicants who meet their hiring standards. This indicates a very good outlook for qualified job seekers.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the needs, characteristics, and multiple influences on the development of children;
  2. Describe the components of high quality care and education programs;
  3. Evaluate play based environments and design activities that support positive, developmentally appropriate learning outcomes for all young children;
  4. Identify effective guidance and interaction strategies that support all children's social learning, identity, and self-esteem;
  5. Describe strategies that promote constructive relationships between programs, teachers, families, and their communities; and
  6. Demonstrate familiarity with the ethical standards and professional behaviors that deepen understanding, knowledge, and commitment to the early childhood care and education profession.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Child Development: Associate Teacher Certificate program are:

  • Complete 12 units from
    • Child Development: Associate Teacher Requirements

Child Development: Associate Teacher Requirements - complete 12.00 units
CHLD 51Principles and Practices of Early Childhood Education3.00
CHLD 90.4Introduction to Curriculum3.00
CHLD 90.1Child, Family, Community Interrelationships3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CHLD 10Child Growth and Development3.00
CHLD 110.1Developmental Trends of Children Under 31.50
CHLD 110.2Developmental Trends in the Child Age 3-5 Years1.50

Term Effective: Fall 2017

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Child Development: Associate Teacher - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


A grade of "C" or better is required for all certificate courses.

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