The Early Childhood Education, combined Basic and Advanced Core Program Certificate is currently closed to new applicants. Students currently enrolled in the certificate should contact the Certificate Program Representative at to discuss a plan to complete the certificate.

The Basic and Advanced Core Programs are designed to meet the needs of classroom teachers, supervisors and administrators.  The program includes courses on child development, curriculum, management, developmentally appropriate practice, the role of play in early childhood development and learning, and the important role of the family in early childhood education. Course offerings also include theory and methods in successful supervision and administration, leadership, program design, and California licensing requirements. We offer an integrated approach of practical methodology and current research on development and early learning. Highly respected, creative, and dynamic instructors offer classes to a diverse student body. Program and courses meet the academic requirements for California Title 5 and Title 22 regulations, Professional Growth Activities, and California Child Development Permits. Our online courses attract a national and international audience. A few courses are offered in the classroom (on-ground). Students may elect to specialize expertise by choosing from a wide variety of elective courses. Individual program counseling is available.

Courses listed as X 100 to X 199 series are transferable for academic credit toward the bachelor's degree at all campuses of the University of California (UC) and can be applied toward a bachelor's degree at any campus of the California State University system (CSU). Courses in the X 300 to X 399 series provide credit that may lead to advanced standing in baccalaureate degree and teacher credentialing programs and are credit-bearing courses in the field of Education.

(310) 825-4191

Estimated Cost
Application & Candidacy Fee: $100.00*
Estimated Program Tuition: $6,134.00
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $1,200.00
Estimated Total Cost: $7,434.00

Prices may vary due to: (1). Ground vs. Online, (2), Book costs, (3), Early Bird vs. Standard Enrollment

*This program is open admission. The Application & Candidacy fee establishes your candidacy in the certificate for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and allows you to access a variety of program benefits.

Meets I-20/F1 Visa Requirements: No
Internship Available: No

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12 Academic Unit(s)