1. Do I need a degree or certificate to work in the field of early childhood?
You do NOT need a Pierce College certificate to work in preschool. You need UNITS.
Private and Public Funded programs: California State Law (Title 22) requires that anyone working with children
under the age of five years old must have a minimum of 12 units of Child Development.
The recommended courses are:
Child Growth & Development (CD 1), Home, School & Community Relations (CD 11),
Early Childhood Principles and Practices (CD 2), and Curricum (CD7).
Public Funded Programs: California State Law (Title 5) requires that anyone working in a publicly
funded early childhood program must hold a Child Development Permit. The Child Development Permit is
required for early childhood teachers. The Permit is not issued at Pierce Collegeit issued through
the California Department of Education, Commission on Teacher Credentialing. However, all of the courses
you need to complete the requirements for a CD Permit are available at Pierce College.
2. What is the difference between the Child Development Certificates offered at Pierce and the
Child Development Permit?
Certificates: Pierce College offers several CD Certificates. Certificates document that a student has
completed a particular program of study. Pierce College CD Certificates are NOT required for
employment. Licensing requires UNITS (see above).
The Occupational Certificates award the student with a “Certificate of Completion.” These include
Teacher (30-32 units) andAssociate Teacher (24-25 units). These are intended for students who do
not plan to recieve an AA degree, but would like an in-depth knowledge of Child Development.
Students can also receive a “Certificate of Achievement” (12 and 15 units) which include
Preschool Teacher, Preschool Director,Infant Care Teacher, School Age Teacher.
Please note: Private preschools do not require certificates; however, they do require
ChildDevelopment/ECE units (see question #1). Certificates are a good way to enhance a resume
by showing academic and professional progress and dedication; certificates are NOTrequired to
work in the field. Pierce College Certificates are not linked to a teaching credential or
credentials in the field.
Child Development Permit: Teachers and Aides must hold a Child Development Permit to be eligible for
teaching or administration positions funded by California Department of Education, Child Development
Division (Title 5). Title 5 programs include public preschools such as LAUSD, Head Start, LAUP, and
State preschool programs. Please refer to the Child Development Permit Matrix for more information
3. Once I have completed the courses needed for a certificate, where do I apply for a certificate?
You must complete the required courses with a grade of“C” or better. To apply for a certificate,
please go to the Pierce CollegeGraduation Office located next to Admissions and Records
to pick up an application.
4. Can I apply for the Child Development Permit at Pierce?
No. The Child Development Permit is available through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
(CCTC). Permit applications and reimbursement for application processing fees are available through
the Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC).
5. What Child Development classes should I take? Do I need to take CD 1 before CD 2, or 7?
Students should begin by taking the core classes in Child Development which are CD 1, CD 2,
CD 7 and CD11. Currently there are no prerequisites required for the core CD classes; however, it is
recommended that you take CD 1 before taking the other CD classes offered.
6. If I take 12 units in Child Development, will this guarantee me a job in the field?
Private preschools may hire you with only 12 units in CD; however, most directors hire the applicant with
the most units and experience. It is recommended that you contact a prospective employer to inquire about
their individual employment requirements. There are many schools that only hire applicants
with an A.A. or B.A. degree in the field. The more education and experience you have, the more
desirable you will be in a competitive job market.
Public Preschools, such as Head Start and LAUSD can only hire Teachers with at least
60 units (an A.A. degree) plus a Child Development Permit and Teacher’s Assistants
with 12 CD units plus a Child Development Permit. Click link for more information on employment
requirements for LAUSD Early Childhood Division.
7. I want to take CD 22 -Practicum, what are the prerequisites?
For CD 22 you must complete CD 1, CD 2, CD 7 and an additional curriculum class (CD 9, CD 27, CD 28, or CD 33) with a grade of “C” or better before
you will be allowed to enroll. There is no concurrent enrollment available.
Note: We are no longer offering CD 3 or CD 4. Students should take CD 7 instead.
8. I have a BA degree and I need to take fieldwork, what are the prerequisites?
The pre-requisites for CD 22 are CD 1, 2, 7 and an additional curriculum course (see question #7). Students may have coursework from
another college that is equivalent. Students should go to the Graduation Office to submit a
course equivalency petition. For this, the courses at Pierce College and at your former college
should have similar course descriptions, content, and unit structure. Be sure to attach a copy of
the course descriptions along with your transcripts for review. Concurrent enrollment in pre-requisite coursework is not accepted.
9. Do I need a job working in a preschool to take fieldwork CD 22?
No. You do not need to be employed in the field to take fieldwork. If you are not employed, your
instructor will place you in a fieldwork site. You will work in a volunteer position 2 days a week
for 3 hours per day. To complete fieldwork,you must be available two days per week, preferably
between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Be sure to keep this in mind when scheduling other classes.
Students working in the field: You must be employed in an APPROVED licensed or license-exempt
preschool or childcare program 15 to 20 hours per week. Most licensed programs that are developmentally
appropriate will qualify for fieldwork. If you are employed in an elementary school working with children
grade 1 or higher, your job will NOT qualify for fieldwork; only preschool, before school or after school child care,
and Kindergarten employment qualify for fieldwork. The fieldwork instructor will let you know if your job site
qualifies as supervised fieldwork site. If your job site does not qualify, you will need to volunteer in a program
as designated by the course outline.
10. I am transferring from another college, how do I find out which Child Development
courses Pierce will accept from my previous college?
The Graduation Office at Pierce will review your transcripts for transfer credit. They will need to see
your official transcripts along with course descriptions from your previous college. You may also meet with any of the full time child development faculty members.
11. I want to open my own family child care. What do I need?
The Department of Social Services Child Care Licensing Division www.ccld.ca.gov requires 15 hours
of health training in CPR, First Aid and prevention of infectious diseases (you can complete
this training in CD 10). Please contact the CCLD for more information.
12. I want to open my own private preschool. What do I need?
The Department of Social Services Child Care Licensing Division www.ccld.ca.gov requires the 12 core
units of Child Development and an Administration course (CD 38 or CD 39). Experience working in
an ECE program is also required. The Department of Social Services will also require you to attend an
orientation meeting that reviews all licensing requirements and provider’s instructions on how to complete
the licensing application. Please contact the CCLD for more information.
13. I want to get an elementary teaching credential, should I take classes in Child Development?
Taking CD classes and majoring in Child Development is highly recommended for teachers. Understanding
child growth and development is a good career choice for any prospective teacher. The Child Development
AA degree intended for transfer is a good beginning for the elementary teaching credential. You should consult
with your counselor as soon as possible to meet the particular requirements of the four year college or university
you wish to transfer. Prospective K-12 teachers should also take EDUC 203. This class meets upper division pre-credential requirements (see www.assist.org).
14. I have been told that if I work in a preschool I will only make $9.00 an hour. Is this true?
Private preschools pay their staff based on parent fees and therefore they cannot always offer high pay;
however, most private preschools salaries average between $12-15/hour. This rate may be higher or
lower depending upon the school and on the position. Your pay will also be determined by your educational background and
experience working with children. Corporate employers, such as Bright Horizons, offer benefits packages as well.
Public Preschools: On the LAUSD Early Childhood Education Division website you can access teaching
requirementsand current salary scale. LAUSD is implementing Pre-K programs on many of their campuses. These are high salary, with benefits, positions, LAUP also has many Pre-K positions available.
You can go to the Pierce College Career Center to look at their job board as well as directly contacing LAUSD, LAUP, Bright Horizons, etc.
15. I want to get a special education credential, what should I take?
Students interested in a Special Education credential will need to contact a 4-year University
for degree requirements.This credential is not offered at the Community College level. We do offer coursework in special education (CD 44, CD 45) which will provide an overview of exceptionalities and the role of the school and family.
16. How do I enroll in the Child Development program at Pierce College? Students do not enroll in a program, they enroll in the college. Once you are a registered student, you will be given access to enroll in classes. For more information on enrollment and tuition, please contact Admissions and Records.
Please note: For a list of degrees and certificates, please see the current General Catalog. You can find a link to the General Catalog on the same page as the Schedule of Classes. The General Catalog lists all CURRENT degrees and certificates and course descriptions. Link: http://www.piercecollege.edu/schedules/catalog.asp