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California Career Lattice Educational Requirements

A chart depicting the California Career Lattice Educational Requirements.

Acronyms Defined

In this document, the following acronyms are used:

  • Associate of Arts (AA)
  • Associate of Science (AS)
  • Associate Transfer Degree (AST)
  • Child Development (CD)
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Human Development (HD)
  • General Education (GE)
  • Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
  • Resource and Referral (R&R)
  • Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

California Career Lattice Educational Requirements [Draft]

Level Description
1

16 hours of health & safety training

OR

Current Title 22 Family Child Care Licensing Requirements

2

16 hours of health & safety training
+ 45 hours of training (state-approved or R&R agency training)

OR  

3 semester (4.5 quarter) units of ECE/CD/HD

3

6 units in ECE/CD

4

12 units in ECE/CD
ECE core content areas required

Required ECE courses include: child/human growth & development; child/family/community or child and family relations; and programs/curriculum.  You must have a minimum of three semester units or four quarter units in the core areas of child/human growth & development and child/family/community.

5

24 units of ECE/CD + 16 semester units of GE

ECE core content areas required

GE courses must include: One course in each of four general education categories, which are degree applicable: English/Language Arts; Math or Science; Social Sciences; Humanities and/or Fine Arts.

6

AA/AS/AST in ECE/CD

OR  

AA/AS/AST with 24 semester units in ECE/CD

OR  

60 units including 24 units of ECE/CD and 36 units of GE

7
7A. Support

Baccalaureate degree in any field
Examples: Staff person working at an R&R, First 5, or community agency providing administrative support to a quality improvement initiative

7B. ECE Support

Baccalaureate degree in any field with 24 semester units in ECE/CD
Example: ECE Teacher or staff person working at a community agency supporting an ECE initiative.

7C. ECE Content

Baccalaureate degree in ECE/CD

OR

Baccalaureate degree in any discipline with 36 semester units of ECE/CD, including 18 semester units of upper division coursework.
Examples: ECE Teacher or Site Supervisor, staff person working at an R&R, First 5, community agency coordinating a quality improvement initiative, or ECE Coach or TA specialist.

7D. Credential

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with 24 units ECE/CD (ex. K–12 or TK Teacher)

OR

Early Childhood Special Education Credential  (ex. K–12 or Preschool Teacher focused on children with special needs)

OR

Pupil Personnel Services Credential

7E. Administrator

Program Director Permit

OR

Baccalaureate degree or higher with 15 units of management/administration/ supervision/leadership /policy including 6 administrative units, 2 adult supervision units and 24 units of ECE/CD including coursework related to serving infants and toddlers.

Examples:  ECE program director or director mentor/coach
8
8A. Master Support

Master’s Degree in any field
Examples: Program coordinator at a community agency, researcher, staff at an advocacy organization.

8B. Master ECE Support

Master’s degree in any field with 24 semester units in ECE/CD
Examples: Coordinator of a Quality Improvement initiative like QRIS, First 5 Program Officer, coach or technical assistance specialist.

9
9A. Master ECE Content

Master’s degree in ECE/CD

OR

Master’s degree in any discipline with 36 semester units of ECE/CD, including 18 semester units of graduate level coursework.
Examples: Director of school district ECE program, Head Start coordinator, community college instructor, or ECE trainer

9B. Master Administrator

Master’s Degree in any field plus a Program Director Permit

OR

Master’s degree in any field plus Administrative Service Credential

OR

Master’s degree or higher with 15 units of management/administration/ supervision/leadership /policy including 6 administrative units, 2 adult supervision units and 24 units of ECE/CD including coursework related to serving infants and toddlers.
Examples: Program director of multiple sites, director mentor/coach, ECE trainer, community college instructor.

10
10A. Doctorate

Doctorate or Post Doctorate in any subject
Example: Researcher or public policy expert.

10B. ECE Content Specialist

Doctorate or Post Doctorate with 24 units in ECE
Examples: ECE faculty at 4-year college or university.

10C. ECE Content Doctorate

Doctorate or Post Doctorate in ECE/CD
Examples: Faculty at 4-year college or university.

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Last Reviewed: Monday, October 16, 2017
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