Title 22 Requirements for Teachers
The Child Development program is relevant for individuals pursuing various interests and goals, including early childhood education teachers, child development specialists, and recreation leaders; those interested in professional careers providing services to children and families -- in children's centers, family day-care, recreational programs, special education programs, community agencies, health programs, and child advocacy; and those interested in marketing children's books, toys, magazines, and educational software. Parents and potential parents will also benefit from the program.
A Potential Major if You...
- Enjoy working with children and parents of diverse backgrounds
- Possess patience, emotional stability, good health, and physical stamina
- Can tolerate noise and confusion and remain levelheaded
- Are concerned about the welfare of children
- Can work independently and under close supervision
The need for quality childcare is urgent throughout the country. Job opportunities exist in children's centers, infant/toddler programs, after-school and summer-camp programs, and all types of child development centers, both public and private. In Orange County, the employment outlook is especially promising as more and more young families with two working parents move to the area. Childcare center staff may start out at the level of childcare aide with between three and six units in progress. Aides may advance rapidly to become full teachers (after they have completed 12 units) and ultimately may receive added pay and benefits in programs which require the Early Childhood Education certificate (30 units) and experience.
With an occupational certificate:
- Childcare worker, staff aide, or teacher
With a bachelor's or advanced degree:
Preschool or elementary school teacher
Educational Requirement for Teachers (Title 22)
As mandated by Title 22, State of California Department of Social Services, the minimum requirements for teachers in childcare centers are as follows: Absolute Minimum: Prior to employment, a teacher shall have completed at least six units of the education requirement specified below. After employment, a teacher hired with only six units shall complete, with passing grades, at least two units each semester until completion of 12 units in the areas specified below. Basic State Requirement: To be a fully qualified teacher, a teacher shall have one of the following: 1. Twelve units in Early Childhood Education or Child Development completed at an accredited college and at least six months of work experience in a licensed day-care center or comparable group childcare program. (a) The educational units shall include courses which cover the following:
- Child Growth and Development (HD 7/PSYC 7);
- Child, Family, and Community (HD 15/SOC 15); or
- Program/Curriculum (any courses the college offers on program and curriculum)
(b) Work experience shall be verified as having been performed satisfactorily, at least three hours per day for a minimum of 50 days in a six-month period, as a paid or volunteer staff member under the supervision of a person who would qualify as a teacher or director under these regulations. (Volunteer work performed at the college Child Development Center or work performed as a teacher's aide in other licensed childcare programs is applicable.) 2. A Children's Center Permit issued by the California Commission of Teacher Preparation and Licensing.
Complete the following courses:
- HD 7 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE
- PSYC 7 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE
- HD 15 SOCIALIZATION OF THE CHILD - CHILD, FAMILY, COMMUNITY
- SOC 15 SOCIALIZATION OF THE CHILD - CHILD, FAMILY, COMMUNITY
- HD 101 OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN
- HD 110 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN
- HD 115 INTRODUCTION TO CURRICULUM
- HD 130 TEACHING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY
- HD 150 HEALTH, SAFETY AND NUTRITION OF CHILDREN
- HD 181 PRACTICUM: EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS
Total Units Required: 24 *HD 7/PSYC 7 and HD 15/SOC 15 are cross-listed courses. Area credit given in one area only.
Cost & Fees
ALL fees are subject to change. Registration is not complete until all required course fees have been paid.