Specializations In Early Childhood Education

These courses serve as Professional Development and for renewal of the ECE permit. They are taken after the ECE certificate is completed for career advancement.

Master Teacher Specialization Requirements for Master Teacher Level

24 units of Early Childhood Education
(which includes practicum classes ECE 21 &ECE 22)
6 units of specialization beyond the initial 24 units
2 units of Supervising Adults (ECE 48)
16 units of general education
Experience in the field.
Specializations Total 6 units:
(beyond the 24 units)

Family Child Care

ECE 64 and one from ECE 40, 42 & 44*

Infant & Toddler

ECE 46 and ECE 11, ECE 40*, ECE 42*, ECE44*

Preschool Curriculum

Any two: ECE 4, ECE 5, and ECE 8or ECE 51

School Age Programming

ECE9 and ECE18

Language Development

ECE 4 and one from English 10, 40, 53, 54, 58 or Bilingual 1

Special Education

ECE 45 and ECE 49

Creative Curriculum for Young Children

ECE 8 or ECE 51 and one from Art 10A, Art 30B, Art 52A, Art 9, Art 71, Art 72

Collaboration with Families

ECE 11 or ECE 18 and one from  Anthro. 14, Anthro 2, Psych 18, Psych 6, Psych 3, Speech5, Sociology 12, or Bilingual 1.

*indicates only a one unit class

. Please check the current class schedule. Consult with a SMC Early Childhood Education instructor about classes at other community colleges. All permits are granted by the State of California Department of Education, Commission on Teacher Credentialing after completion of the requirements. Please see a member of the Early Childhood Education Faculty for more information.


Professional Growth Cyclechart of professional growth cycle


Form Name Form Number View/Download
Advisement Guide for Teacher Preparation CL-566 • PDF

Child Development Permit

CL-797 • PDF
Renewal Of Professional Clear Teaching Credential
   • Professional Growth Plan And Record
   • Verification Of Successful Service
CL-758T • PDF

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New Background Check laws for Child Day Care facilities. The Governor recently signed into law Assembly Bill 1659. This new law made the following changes effective October 10, 1999.

I           Only the following persons are exempt from background check requirements:

A.     Volunteers who meet all of the following conditions:
         ·   the volunteer is providing time-limited specialized services.
         ·  the volunteer is directly supervised by the licensee or a facility 
           employee with a criminal record     clearance or exemption.
         ·   the volunteer spends no more than 16 hours per week at the facility.
         ·   the volunteer is never left alone with children in care.

  B.     Students enrolled or participating at an accredited educational 
        institution who meet all of the following condition:
        ·  the student is directly supervised by the licensee or a facility 
           employee with a criminal record clearance or exemption.
        · the facility has, on file , a written agreement with the educational 
           institution concerning the placement of students.
        · the students spends no more than 16 hours per week at three facility.
        ·the student is never left alone with children in care.

C.     A volunteer who is a relative, legal guardian, or foster parent of a child 
       in the facility
D.   A contracted repairperson retained by the facility, if never left alone with 
       children in care.

II.         The licensee is permitted, at their own initiative, to require a background 
             check on any individual, even though the statute exempts them.