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Child Development Center

Frequently Asked Questions


General

What is the difference between the Child Development Certificates offered at Pasadena City College and the Child Development Permit?
What is the difference between the Occupational Certificate and the Certificate of Achievement?
Once I have completed the required courses needed for a specific certificate, where do I apply?
Do I need a certificate for work in the field of Child Development/Early Childhood Education?
Are the requirements different for working in a Private or a Public school?
I want to take field practice, CHDV 13A, what are the requirements?
Do I need a job working in a preschool to take field practice? CHDV 13A, CHDV13B, CHDV 13C?
How many hours are required for each section of field practice?
I am transferring from another college, how do I find out which Child Development courses at Pasadena City College will be accepted from my previous college?
I want to open my own family childcare. What do I need?
I want to open my own private preschool. What do I need?
I want to be an elementary school teacher with a teaching credential, should I take classes in Child Development?
If I take the 12 specific units in Child Development, will this quality me for a job in the field?
I want to get a special education teaching credential, is that the same as the Special Education Certificate?
I have been told that if I work in a preschool I will only make minimum wage, is this true?
Is a fingerprint clearance required?
What if I do not pass my fingerprint clearance?
Do I need a T.B. test? and what if I do not pass?

General

1) What is the difference between the Child Development Certificates offered at Pasadena City College and the Child Development Permit?

Pasadena City College offers several Child Development Certificates.  The certificates document that a student has completed all courses required for the Child Development program.  The four certificates at Pasadena City College are: 

  • Certificate of Achievement – Child Development
  • Occupational Certificate – Instructional Assistant
  • Occupational Certificate – School Age
  • Occupational Certificate – Special Education

A Child Development Permit is issued by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  There are six different levels of the permit.  The requirements for each are explained on the Child Development Permit Matrix.  

2) What is the difference between the Occupational Certificate and the Certificate of Achievement?

Both Certificates are issued through the Social Sciences Division. The Occupational Certificates are fewer units and do not show on your official transcript.  The Certificate of Achievement is (36 units) and will show on your official transcript from PCC.  Reminder: You do need to apply for all certificates; applications are available online and in the Social Sciences Office, C-321.

3) Once I have completed the required courses needed for a specific certificate, where do I apply?

To apply for the certificate go to the Social Sciences Office C-321 or online, where applications are available.  Once completed, return completed application to the Social Sciences Office, C-321. Reminder: You must complete the required courses with a grade of “C” or better.  Certificates will be mailed after processing. Processing of the certificates occurs twice a year at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters.

4) Do I need a certificate for work in the field of Child Development/Early Childhood Education?

No, however you do need specific units to work in the field and the Certificates from Pasadena City College, meet the requirements for employment.  Certificates are a good way to enhance a resume by showing academic and professional progress and dedication.  Certificates are not linked to an Elementary or Secondary teaching credential. 

5) Are the requirements different for working in a Private or a Public school?

Yes, the requirements are different.

Public Funded Programs: California State Law (Title 5) requires that anyone working in a publicly funded early childhood program hold a State of California Child Development Permit.  The Child Development permits are issued through the California Department of Education, Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  However, all of the courses needed can be completed at Pasadena City College.  Pasadena City College is a VOC campus, which means the Child Development faculty can assist you with your application, approve your courses and sign the necessary papers for faster processing of your State Permit. See Child Development Faculty for assistance.

 

Private Funded Programs:  California State Law (Title 22) requires that anyone working with children under the age of five years old must have a minimum of 12 units of Child Development.  The recommended courses which meet the 12 unit requirements at Pasadena City College are:  Psychology 21 Developmental Psychology: The Child, CHDV 10, Introduction to Child Development, CHDV 15 Home, School and Community, and *CHDV 120 Curriculum Planning, *see Child Development faculty for additional options to meet Title 22 requirements.

6) I want to take field practice, CHDV 13A, what are the requirements?

For CHDV 13A Beginning Field Practice, you need to have completed Psy 21 and CHDV 10 with a grade of “C” or better grade before you will be allowed to enroll.  NOTE: There is no concurrent enrollment.  You need to be enrolled in a total of 7 CHDV units, including CHDV 13A.  CHDV 120 Curriculum Planning is recommended, however any Child Development class will allow you to enroll in CHDV 13A Beginning Field Practice.

7) Do I need a job working in a preschool to take field practice? CHDV 13A, CHDV13B, CHDV 13C?

No. You do not need to be employed in the field to take field practice.  If you are not employed, with assistance from your instructor, you will be placed at the Pasadena City College Child Development Center and/or a State of California Mentor Site.

For students working in the field: You must be employed in an APPROVED licensed or license-exempt program for young children for 15-20 hours per week.  Most licensed programs that are developmentally appropriate will qualify for field practice. Your field practice instructor will let you know if your site qualifies as a supervised field practice site.  If your site does not qualify, you will participate at the PCC/CDC or a Mentor site, as designed by the instructor.

8) How many hours are required for each section of field practice?

To complete field practice you need 200 hours for each section (CHDV 13A, CHDV 13B, CHDV 13C). This averages about 15 hours a week.  This can be a combination of the following:  1. Paid employment with young children  2. Pasadena City College Child Development Center  3. State of California Mentor Teacher site.  Be mindful of your schedule and allow the necessary time to successfully complete the hours required for each course.

9) I am transferring from another college, how do I find out which Child Development courses at Pasadena City College will be accepted from my previous college?

The Admissions and Records office will provide you a Prerequisite Challenge Form, which will be reviewed by the Child Development faculty. Your transcripts, along with course descriptions from your previous college are necessary and need to be attached to this form.

10) I want to open my own family childcare. What do I need?

The Department of Social Services Child Care Licensing Division, www.ccld.ca.gov, requires 15 hours of health training in CPR, First Aid and prevention of infectious diseases (you can complete this training in CHDV 116). Contact the CCLD for more information.  Child Care Information Service, in Pasadena, is also a helpful resource. www.ccispasadena.org/

11) I want to open my own private preschool. What do I need?

The Department of Social Services Child Care Licensing Division, www.ccld.ca.gov, requires a minimum of 12 core units of Child Development, plus an Administration course (CHDV 112A) and experience working in a Child Development program for 4 years.   There are other possibilities to quality, which combine education and experience, contact the CCLD for details. The Department of Social Services also requires you to attend an orientation meeting that reviews all licensing requirements and provider’s instructions on how to complete the licensing application.  

12) I want to be an elementary school teacher with a teaching credential, should I take classes in Child Development?

Taking CHDV classes and majoring in Child Development is highly recommended for teachers.  Understanding child growth and development is a good choice for any prospective teacher.  The Child Development AA degree intended for transfer is a good beginning for the elementary teaching credential.  You should consult with your counselor and/or the Teacher Preparation Office C-350.

13) If I take the 12 specific units in Child Development, will this quality me for a job in the field?

Yes, You will be qualified, as a teacher in a Private (Title XXII) program for young children.with 12 specific units in CHDV; however, most directors hire the applicants with the most units and experience.  It is recommended that you contact the prospective employer to inquire about their individual employment requirements.  There are many schools that only hire applicants with an A.A. or B.A. degree in the field and/or a State of California Child Development Permit. The more education and experience you have the more desirable you will be in a competitive job market.

14) I want to get a special education teaching credential, is that the same as the Special Education Certificate?

No.  The Special Education Occupational Certificate is intended for those who want to broaden their understanding of special needs and/or plan to work with this population or continue their education in special education. This certificate in NOT a teaching credential.

15) I have been told that if I work in a preschool I will only make minimum wage, is this true?

There is a wide rage of pay in this profession, from minimum wage to much higher.  It very often depends on the school, the funding, education and experience working with children.

16) Is a fingerprint clearance required?

Yes, it is required for anyone working in the field of childcare. At Pasadena City College once enrolled in CHDV 13A you will be required to have a fingerprint clearance. It is your responsibility to pay for the clearance, approximately $96.00.

17) What if I do not pass my fingerprint clearance?

Your field practice instructor can assist you with the process of possibility clearing your fingerprints.  During this process, you will need to drop CHDV 13A, until your fingerprints are cleared.  You fingerprints must be cleared in order to be employed in childcare.  It is best to deal with any fingerprint issue, while in school, rather than when looking for employment.

18) Do I need a T.B. test? and what if I do not pass?

Yes, working with young children requires negative test result.  If your test is positive, you need to have an x-ray of your chest.  This test will show if you have TB or TB infection.  The good news is: TB can be cured, see your physician immediately and follow the medicine plan.  TB test are available at PCC Student Health Services, U104.

Revised: August 3, 2010