Academic Coursework Requirements for the Child Development Permit Authorization

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The Child Development Permit authorizes the holder to provide service in the care, development and instruction of children in a child care and development program. It verifies that you have fulfilled the requirements established by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), for assisting, teaching or supervising in a child development program in the state of California. There are six levels of the Child Development Permit (CDP, or “the Permit”) and at each one a minimum number of academic credits in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or a related field is required. At level 3 (Teacher) and above, there are also requirements for general education (GE) units and documented, supervised, experience in childcare and development settings.

For people holding BA or MA degrees, there are several optional routes available to qualify for the CDP/Permit. Authorization for school-age care may also be added to any level of the CDP. The first four levels of the CDP/Permit (Assistant, Associate Teacher, Teacher, and Master Teacher) are summarized below. Please go to the CCTC website for information about the highest two levels (Site Supervisor, and Program Director) and instructions on how to apply for a CDP/Permit.

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Child Development Assistant

6 units CHDV/ECE

Child Development Associate Teacher

12 units CHDV/ECE, including at least one course in each of the following:

  • Child/Human Growth + Development
  • Child Family + Community
  • Programs + Curriculum

Child Development Teacher

24 units CHDV/ECE, including at least one course in each of the following:

  • Child/Human Growth + Development
  • Child Family + Community
  • Programs + Curriculum

16 units GE including at least one course in each of the following:

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts
  • Social Science
  • Math and/or Science
  • English and/or Language Arts

Child Development Master Teacher

24 units CHDV/ECE, including at least one course in each of the following:

  • Child/Human Growth + Development
  • Child Family + Community
  • Programs + Curriculum

6 units in one area of specialization, including but not limited to the following examples:

  • Infant + Toddler
  • Bilingual + Bicultural Development
  • Exceptional Needs

2 units of Adult Supervision in a course designed to help individuals to develop knowledge and skills for effective communication with, and supervision of, adults

16 units GE including at least one course in each of the following:

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts
  • Social Science
  • Math and/or Science
  • English and/or Language Arts

Course Listing

Review the courses required to complete the permit.

Contact Information

Phone: (916) 278-6639 | Office: Eureka Hall 401

Mailing Address
College of Education | Undergraduate Studies
Sacramento State | 6000 J Street | Sacramento, California 95819-6079