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ECE: Master Teacher Certificate of Achievement


Early Childhood Education (ECE) is the study of child development and developmentally appropriate practices for young children. Students completing the Early Childhood Education Master Teacher Certificate will be prepared for positions such as mentor teachers, curriculum specialists, and leaders in early care and education programs.

A Master Teacher certificate enables the holder to serve as a lead teacher in a Head Start or State Preschool Program. Master Teachers can supervise teachers, student teachers and interns.​

Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
ECE 1 Principles and Practices of Teaching 3
ECE 10 Child Growth & Development 3
ECE 12 Child, Family & Community 3
ECE 23 The Mentor Teacher/Adult Supervision 2
ECE 31 Child Abuse & Neglect 3
ECE 40 Introduction To Curriculum 3
ECE 44 Health, Safety & Nutrition 3
ECE 45 Teaching In A Diverse Society 3
ECE 46B Observation and Assessment 3
ECE 47A Practicum In Early Childhood Education 3
ENG 1A Composition 4
ECE Emphasis Courses - select one group from the following: 6
Infant/Toddler Education:
ECE 20 Infant/Toddler Growth & Development (3)  AND
ECE 21 Infant/Toddler Curriculum (3)
Or Early Childhood Special Education:
ECE 33 Inclusion of Children With Special Needs (3) AND
ECE 35 Curriculum & Strategies - Children W/ Special Needs (3)
Or Early Childhood Curriculum:
​ECE 30​ ​Creativity In Young Children AND​
​ECE 36​ ​Music for Young Children
Or Language Acquisition & Development (6 units from the following):
ECE 19 Children's Language & Literature (3)
ECE 27 English Language Learners In ECE (3)
Or Social Development:
​ECE 34​ ​Social Cognition & the Developing Brain ​AND
​ECE ​39​ ​ECE Global Diplomacy Practicum​
General Education Courses:  12 units from the following areas: Social Science, Humanities, Math or Science
  Required Core Subtotal 39
  General Education Subtotal 12
Note: State of California also requires 350 days of experience working in a child care program to apply for a Master Teacher Permit.