Associate Teacher Low-Unit Certificate

The Associate Teacher Certificate is designed to be the first step toward obtaining entry-level employment in the field of Early Childhood Education in a preschool or child care setting. The Associate Teacher Certificate requires 12 core Child Development and Education units. This Certificate meets California Title 5 requirements for the Child Development Associate Teacher Permit.

Applications can be obtained through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Office. Meets Title 22 requirements for working in a child care center working with preschool-aged children 101216.1. Some courses require students to observe children in licensed care settings. Some settings may require TB, proof of immunizations, and Criminal Record Clearance. 


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Begin by exploring MSJC program maps to find career or transfer opportunities.  Program maps show the recommended course sequence that leads to graduation or transfer. The maps were developed by program experts to give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.    

  • Starting in Spring? Choose Fall Semester 1 courses.   
  • Are you a part-time student?  Start Fall Semester 1 courses and follow the course sequence.
Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
CDE-110 Child Development 3
CDE-101 Principles of Early Childhood Education 3
CDE-125 Child, Family and Community 3
CDE-103 Appropriate Curricula for Young Children 1 3
 Total Units12

NOTE: take in the second 8 weeks

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
CDE-101Principles of Early Childhood Education3
CDE-103Appropriate Curricula for Young Children3
CDE-110Child Development3
or CDE-110H Honors Child Development
CDE-125Child, Family and Community3
or CDE-125H Honors Child, Family and Community
Total Units12

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Gainful Employment Disclosures: Associate Teacher Low Unit

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2024


This program is designed to be completed in 4 months.  

This program will cost $552 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.   

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ 0 of debt.  

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California 

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Cost per unit $46
Nonresident Fees- Tuition: $318
Capital Outlay: $58
Parking Permits cost $90 a year or $45 a semester
RTA Go Pass cost $16 a year or $8 a semester
SGA discount sticker (optional) - $14 a year or $7 a semester
Student representation fee (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester
Student Health Center Fee - $52 a year or $26 a semester
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