A Fulfilling Career Path
An understanding of early childhood development is a prerequisite for many career options. Child development professionals work directly with children as teachers, directors, assistant teachers and aides, home care providers, and early childhood mental health specialists. In addition, child development coursework provides the foundation for such diverse career options as pediatric nursing, child psychology, children's librarianship, playground design, early childhood program director, family court child advocate and parent educator. Opportunities exist to work with children from birth through eight years of age in a variety of settings. Salaries in the field are fair, with higher wages going to those with more college units, and to those with certificates or 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. The Permit system is designed to provide a career ladder for individuals desiring to work in California’s early care and education system.
You can work directly with Cañada College staff members who will assist you with the permit application process. Contact Sue Eftakhari - firstname.lastname@example.org - or you can download an application from:
- Child Development Training Consortium.
- Preschool Child Development Permit Matrix
- School-Age Child Development Permit Matrix
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
Val Goines, ECE/CD Department Coordinator email@example.com
Patty Dilko, Professor firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Eftekhari, Program Coordinator email@example.com