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Certificate Program

Early Childhood Education: Advanced Teacher

The advanced ECE classroom

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Certificate Description

Note: We've recently revised our ECE certificate programs.

Advance your ECE classroom

The Early Childhood Education Advanced Teacher program at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension prepares preschool teachers and operators to manage the unique challenges they face in our region.

Aspiring ECE lead teachers will gain both a thorough academic preparation and practical field experience to work in child centers, preschools, day care facilities, infant and toddler centers and other programs serving young children. Our students learn instructional techniques that promote intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and creative growth in children.

The foundation for a successful ECE career

  • Understand child growth and development.
  • Build strategies for effective classroom teaching.
  • Identify developmentally-based curriculum.
  • Know current research and trends in this field.
  • Be confident to teach in a daycare center.

ECE: Advanced Teacher certificate learning outcomes

  • Assess teaching styles to inform future experiences with children.
  • Master techniques in observation and assessment of the social, intellectual, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of children from birth through adolescence.
  • Develop positive guidance strategies to use when working with diverse groups of children including those with special needs.
  • Apply differences in major learning theories and curriculum models as it pertains to early childhood education center philosophies.

Estimated Cost (You pay only for courses you enroll in): $2,655–$2,800. Estimate includes the certificate fee. | International Tuition Cost
Required Credits: Total 17 units: 14 required course units (4 courses) and a minimum of 3 elective units (1-2 courses).
Duration: A student can complete this specialization in 9–12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Course(s):
ECE 5: Positive Guidance and Discipline for the Young Child 3.0
ECE 6: Culture and Diversity in the Early Childhood Classroom 3.0
ECE 7: Practicum in Early Childhood Education 5.0
ECE 9: Language and Literacy for the Young Child 3.0
2. Electives: At Least 3 Units
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the Classroom 3.0
ECE: Brain Development in Early Childhood 3.0
ECE: Creative Arts for the Young Child (Preschool Through Grade 3) 3.0
ECE: Infant/Toddler Growth and Development 3.0
ECE: Principles of Infant/Toddler Caregiving 3.0
Math Development in Young Children 2.0
Science Play: Inquiry-Based Learning Made Easy 1.0
3. Completion Review:
Early Childhood Education Advanced Teacher Certificate Completion Fee None

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Professional Development

Child Development Advanced Teacher Permit

A Child Development Teacher Permit authorizes the holder to provide service in the care, development, and instruction of children in a child care and development program, and supervise a CDP Associate Teacher, a CDP Assistant, and an aide. Please visit the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for more information.

Licensure and Certification Policy

Professional licensure or certification is mandatory to practice in this field of instruction. Please see our Licensure and Certification Policy to learn more.

Requisite Knowledge

To complete the ECE 7: Practicum in Early Childhood Education for this advanced program, you need to have taken the following courses:

  • ECE 1: Development in Early Childhood
  • ECE 3: Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Programs
  • ECE 4: The Young Child in the Family and Community

Please see our section on Recommended course sequence for more information.

Establish Candidacy

Establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization

Once you create your student account, you can establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization program any time during your studies.

The benefits of enrolling early
  • Lock in your certificate requirements.This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you
  • Receive program updates
  • Set your intention
  • It’s free

To complete a program, you must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program or three years to finish up a specialization program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within this window.* The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.


Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program. The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.

For more information: How do I get my certificate or specialization?

* Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, Personal Financial Planning, or curriculum partner programs (Udacity, Microfacturing Institutes) may have a shorter completion requirement.

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Grade Requirements

Please note that only letter grades of C- or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.

See Grading and Credits Policy for further information.