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A Fulfilling Career Path

Child development professionals work directly with children as teachers, directors, assistant teachers and aides, and home care providers. In addition, child development coursework provides the foundation for diverse careers such as early childhood mental health, pediatric nursing, child psychology, children's librarianship, playground design, family court child advocate and parent educator.

Salaries in the field are fair, with higher wages going to those with certificates and degrees. The California Employment Development Department predicts for the period 2002-2012 a large employment growth of 20.4% in openings for preschool teachers, and a very large growth of 31.6% for special education teachers in preschool and kindergarten (Source: Labor Market Info www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov)

Child Development Permit Matrix

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CDT) issues Child Development Permits to qualifying individuals. The Permits are granted according to the requirements described on the Permit Matrix's listed below. The Permit system is designed to provide a career ladder for individuals desiring to work in California’s early care and education system.

Cañada College faculty and staff can assist you with the permit application process. Contact Jamie Hui, MS - huij@smccd.edu 

Verification of Completion Program (VOC)

Cañada College’s ECE/CD program is aligned with the Child Development Permit which is required for teachers that work in State-Funded ECE/CD programs and is issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing Office in Sacramento.

Cañada's ECE/CD program participates in the Commission on Teacher Credentialing's Verification of Completion Program (VOC). This entitles ECE/CD students that have completed their ECE/CD units at Cañada College to have their Child Development Permit applications "signed off" by one of the approved representatives in the ECE/CD Department. Once the student's application is received by the Commission in Sacramento, it is "fast-tracked" through the system so that the wait time for the approval and official permit is shortened.

Professional Growth Advising Is Available

Patty Hall, EdD; ECE/CD Department Coordinator hallp@smccd.edu 

Jamie Hui, MS; ECE/CD Retention Specialist huij@smccd.edu

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