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Frequently Asked Questions About a Child Develoment Permit


Q
WHAT IS A CHILD DEVELOPMENT PERMIT?
A   A Child Development Permit is a California state credential for teaching/administration in early childhood programs. There are six permits ranging from entry level positions to administrative positions.
     
Q   IS THIS PERMIT REQUIRED TO WORK WITH CHILDREN?
A   The minimum state requirement for teachers is 12 units in ECE, however, many early childhood programs require the Child Development Permit. Generally these programs are government funded but many private programs will require a permit as well.
     
Q   WHAT ARE THE EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS?
A   Each permit level requires college coursework. The categories are listed below with the Chaffey College class number.

Core Courses: CDE 2, CDE 4, plus any other 6 units in Child Development.

Specialization Units: A total of 6 units in one of the following - Curriculum (CDE 7, 8) or Infant/Toddler courses CDE 430A, 430B)

Adult Supervision: CDE 452

Administration: CDE 50, CDE 451

Supervised Field Experience: CDE 24/24W

General Education: 16 units with one course in the four general education categories (English/Language Arts, Math or Science, Social Sciences; Humanities/Fine Arts). Please see a Chaffey College Catalog of Classes or a counselor for assistance in selecting these courses.
     
Q   WHAT IS OPTION 2?
A   Each permit level has another option. These are alternative qualifications and may benefit students with advanced degrees.
     
Q   WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT?
A   The experience requirement covers actual experience in an early childhood classroom. The applicant must either be employed or a volunteer in a licensed facility with children under the age of eight. Only one college class meets this requirement and is CDE 24/24W. All experience hours must be within the designated time period and an “experience” day is at least 3 plus hours in the classroom.
     
Q   WHAT IS A LIVE SCAN?
A   Live Scan is a computerized system of fingerprinting. You must be fingerprinted for all first time permits. Fingerprints done for employment are not acceptable. The permit application packet contains a toll free number to help locate an agency to administer the live scan.
     
Q   HOW DO I APPLY FOR MY PERMIT?
A   You have two options. You can apply directed through the California Commission on Teaching Credentials. Application forms are available online at www.ctc.ca.gov and a credential fee is charged.

We HIGHLY RECOMMEND using the Child Development Training Consortium. This state funded program pays for the application fee as well as the live scan fee. Application packets are available by calling 1-209-572-6080.

All applicants will need to fill out several forms, obtain official (sealed) transcripts, complete experience verification forms and have the packet “signed” off by a Child Development Department advisor. Step by step instructions are included in your packet as well.
     
Q   WHERE DO I GO FOR HELP/ADVISEMENT?
A   Judy Brewer-Calvillo       909-652-6249       judy.brewercalvillo@chaffey.edu
     
Q   WHERE DO I GO FOR HELP DURING SEMESTER BREAKS WHEN FACULTY ADVISORS ARE NOT AVAILABLE?
A   The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has a website (see above). You can also call the Child Development Training Consortium at 1-209-572-6080. Completed application packets can be signed by the San Bernardino County Department of Education – Credentialing Department. Call for an appointment at 909-386-2444.
     
Q   WHAT IS A PROFESSIONAL GROWTH ADVISOR?
A   All permits are issued for a period of five years. During that time you must complete 105 hours of profession growth in order to renew your permit. College course work may be applicable as well as attending certain workshops/conferences. Please consult with a professional growth advisor to plan your professional growth activities. Call 1-209-572-6085 for assistance in locating a professional growth advisor.


A FINAL THOUGHT...

The permit requirements and application process can seem complicated and confusing. The Child Development Department strongly suggests all applicants to work with the campus advisor to answer questions and assist in the process.


NUMBERS TO REMEMBER

JUDY BREWER-CALVILLO
909-652-6249

CHILD DEVELOPMENT TRAINING CONSORTIUM
209-572-6080





Rev. 7/14/10


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