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Child Development Permits

The Early Childhood Education Program at Biola University’s School of Education offers state-approved coursework required for five of California’s Child Development Permits: Assistant Teacher, Associate Teacher, Teacher, Master Teacher, and Site Supervisor.  Coursework for these permits can be completed either on-campus or online.  Early Childhood Education coursework can be added to any major, and the School of Education offers an Early Childhood concentration within the context of a Liberal Studies, Elementary Education, major.  Students can also choose to add the School-Age Emphasis Authorization to their permits, allowing them to provide services in the care, development, and instruction of children in before school, after school, and other school-age child care programs.

Upon completion of required Early Childhood coursework and any other applicable requirements, candidates will be eligible to apply for their applicable permit directly to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing with Biola University’s formal recommendation.

Candidates completing the Early Childhood coursework will enjoy hands-on experience in several local infant, toddler, and elementary-age educational settings during their required fieldwork assignments. The School of Education partners with local schools in order for candidates to complete their fieldwork assignments and to advance their skills in working with young children.

The Early Childhood coursework can be applied to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) or the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) Personalized Programs or taken only for Child Development certification purposes. 

For admissions requirements on any of the permits, click here.

Candidates will be eligible to apply for the following Child Development Permits:

Assistant Permit

The Child Development Assistant Permit authorizes the holder to care for and assist in the development and instruction of children in a child care and development program under the supervision of a Child Development Permit (CDP) Associate Teacher, CDP Teacher, CDP Master Teacher, CDP Site Supervisor, or CDP Program Director.

The Child Development Assistant Permit is issued for five years and is renewable for successive five-year periods upon completion of 105 hours of professional growth.

Candidates must complete the following Early Childhood Coursework for the Assistant Permit:

SEED 535: Child Development: Birth through Adolescence (3)
SEED 556: Early Childhood Curriculum (3)

Associate Teacher Permit

The Associate 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 Child Development Permit Assistant, and an aide.

The Child Development Associate Teacher Permit is issued for five years and is renewable once, for a total of two issuances.  To renew, the holder must complete at least 15 semester units toward the Child Development Teacher Permit.  By the end of the ten-year period, the holder must meet the requirements for the Child Development Teacher Permit.

Candidates must complete the following Early Childhood Coursework for the Associate Teacher Permit:

Associate Teacher Permit Coursework (12 units)
SEED 535: Child Development: Birth through Adolescence (3)
SEED 556: Early Childhood Curriculum (3)
SEED 557: School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings (3)
SEED 559: Observation and Assessment of Young Children (3)

Experience Requirement: Completion of at least 50 days of experience in an instructional capacity in a child care and development program, working at least 3 hours per day within the last two years.  This experience must be verified by submitting an original letter from the employer on official letterhead.  Fieldwork in coursework may be folded into the 50 days of required early childhood experience (minimum of 3 hours per day).

School-Age Emphasis Authorization to the Associate Teacher Permit In order to add the School-Age Emphasis Authorization to the Associate Teacher Permit, candidates must take 3 units of approved school-age coursework.

Teacher Permit

The Child Development Teacher Permit authorizes the holder to provide service in the care, development, and instruction in a child care and development program, and supervise a Child Development Permit (CDP) Associate Teacher, a CDP Assistant, and an aide.

The Child Development Teacher Permit is issued for five years and is renewable for successive five-year periods upon completion of 105 hours of professional growth.

Candidates must complete the following Early Childhood Coursework for the Teacher Permit:

Teacher Permit Coursework (15-18 units)
SEED 535: Child Development: Birth through Adolescence (3)
SEED 556: Early Childhood Curriculum (3)
SEED 557: School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings (3)
SEED 558: Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings (3)
SEED 559: Observation and Assessment of Young Children (3)
SEED 579: Early Childhood Practicum (3)*
* Only required if 175 days of experience is not met.

Experience Requirement: Completion of at least 175 days of experience in an instructional capacity in a child care and development program, working at least 3 hours per day within the last four years. This experience must be verified by submitting an original letter from the employer on official letterhead. Fieldwork in coursework may be folded into the 175 days of required early childhood experience (minimum of 3 hours per day).
Candidates who successfully complete 16 weeks of full-time student teaching pre-K through grade 3 may use these hours to fulfill the 175 day requirement.

General Education Requirement: Must complete 16 semester units in general education. One course of each in the following areas: humanities and/or fine arts, social sciences, math and/or science, and English and/or language arts.

School-Age Emphasis Authorization to the Teacher Permit
In order to add the School-Age Emphasis Authorization to the Teacher Permit, candidates are required to have 12 semester units of school-age coursework, three of which will be met by SEED 597. Therefore, an additional 9 units must be taken from the approved school-age coursework.

Master Teacher Permit

The Master 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 Child Development Permit (CDP) Teacher, CDP Associate Teacher, CDP Assistant, and an aide. The permit also authorizes the holder to serve as a coordinator of curriculum and staff development in a child care and development program.

The Master Teacher Permit is issued for five years and is renewable for successive five-year periods upon completion of 105 hours of professional growth.

The School of Education has been approved to recommend candidates for the Master Teacher Permit under option two of the CTC permit options. Candidates must complete the following requirements for the Master Teacher Permit:

Master Teacher Permit Coursework (15 units)
SEED 535: Child Development: Birth through Adolescence (3)
SEED 557: School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings (3)
SEED 558: Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings (3)
SEED 559: Observation and Assessment of Young Children (3)
SEED 579: Early Childhood Practicum (3)*
*Can be met by SEED 512 & 513: Elementary Student Teaching (pre-k through grade three classroom)

Degree Requirement: Complete a Baccalaureate degree or higher

School-Age Emphasis Authorization to the Master Teacher Permit
In order to add the School-Age Emphasis Authorization to the Master Teacher Permit, candidates are required to have 6 semester units in school-age coursework, three of which will be met by SEED 597. Therefore, an additional 3 units must be taken from the approved school-age coursework.

Site Supervisor Permit

The Site Supervisor Permit authorizes the holder to supervise a child care and development program operating at a single site; provide service in the care, development, and instruction of children in a child care and development program; and serve as a coordinator of curriculum and staff development in a child care and development program.

The Site Supervisor Permit is issued for five years and is renewable for successive five-year periods upon completion of 105 hours of professional growth.

The School of Education has been approved to recommend for the Site Supervisor Permit under options two and four of the CTC permit options. Candidates must complete the following requirements for the Site Supervisor Permit:

Site Supervisor Permit Coursework (15 units)
SEED 535: Child Development: Birth through Adolescence (3)
SEED 557: School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings (3)
SEED 558: Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings (3)
SEED 559: Observation and Assessment of Young Children (3)
SEED 579: Early Childhood Practicum (3)*
*Can be met by SEED 512 & 513: Elementary Student Teaching (one placement in kindergarten classroom)

Degree Requirement: Complete a Baccalaureate degree or higher or posses a valid Multiple Subject Teaching Credential or a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Home Economics.

School-Age Emphasis Authorization to the Site Supervisor Permit
In order to add the School-Age Emphasis Authorization to the Site Supervisor Permit, candidates are required to have 6 semester units of school-age coursework, three of which will be met by SEED 597. Therefore, an additional 3 units must be taken from the approved school-age coursework.

School-Age Emphasis

The School-Age Emphasis Authorization may be added to any level of the Child Development Permit.  This additional authorization allows the holder to provide services in the care, development, and instruction of children in before school, after school, and other school-age child care programs.  Additional coursework is required for adding the School-Age Emphasis to Child Development Permits. 

School-Age Emphasis Coursework

School-Age Emphasis/Multiple Subject Course Competencies
SEED 516: Elementary Physical Education Workshop (1 unit)
SEED 507: Art Workshop for Elementary School Teaching (1 unit)
SEED 508: Music Workshop for Elementary School Teaching (1 unit)
SEED 509: Elementary Math/Science Methods (2 units)
SEED 536: Elementary Health Curriculum and Methods (1 unit)
SEED 537: Elementary History-Social Science Curriculum and Methods (1 unit)
SEED 549: Studies in Children’s Literature (1 unit)

Teacher Preparation Coursework:
SEED 519: Foundations of Education (2 units) - 25 fieldwork hours
SEED 526: Psychological Foundations of Education (3 units)
SEED 541: Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students (3 units)
SEED 520: Elementary Reading/Language Arts (3 units) – 35 fieldwork hours
SEED 543 & 544: Elementary Curriculum (1 & 3 units) – 60 fieldwork hours
SEED 512 & 513: Elementary Student Teaching (6 & 6 units) – 16 weeks full-time teaching

Some courses above may require prerequisites or acceptance to the teacher preparation program. Please meet with an advisor in the School of Education for details.

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