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Early Childhood Certificate Program

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Program Overview

The Early Childhood Certificate Program is a one-year program designed for: 

  • Credentialed teachers who want to teach in a Transitional Kindergarten setting, OR

  • Existing permit holders who want to obtain their 105 units of Professional Growth hours required for five year renewal.


Program Goals

  • Develop a clear understanding of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for students in an early childhood setting.

  • Identify best practices for developmentally-appropriate pedagogy and learning.

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of legal requirements for students with disabilities. 

  • Provide field experiences that develop skills associated with effective teaching in early childhood settings.


Tuition for the program is $2500 for applicants who are not LVUSD or partner district employees or LVUSD Center for Educational Excellence Program Alumni. Tuition is all inclusive of books and materials. Additionally, there is a $600 transcription fee collected by the University of California, at Santa Barbara. 

Application Process

Please click the link below for the Program Application. Applications are accepted on a rolling admission schedule with cohorts starting in August and January. 

Program Consultation

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