The Profession

A Fulfilling Career Path

An understanding of early childhood development is a prerequisite for many career options. Child development professionals work directly with children as teachers, directors, assistant teachers and aides, home care providers, and early childhood mental health specialists. In addition, child development coursework provides the foundation for such diverse career options as pediatric nursing, child psychology, children's librarianship, playground design, early childhood program director, family court child advocate and parent educator. Opportunities exist to work with children from birth through eight years of age in a variety of settings. Salaries in the field are fair, with higher wages going to those with more college units, and to those with certificates or degrees. The California Employment Development Department predicts for the period 2002-2012 a large employment growth of 20.4% in openings for preschool teachers, and a very large growth of 31.6% for special education teachers in preschool and kindergarten (Source: Labor Market Info).

Child Development Permit Matrix

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CDT) issues Child Development Permits to qualifying individuals. The Permits are granted according to the requirements described on the Permit Matrix. The Permit system is designed to provide a career ladder for individuals desiring to work in California’s early care and education system.

You can work directly with Skyline College staff members who will assist you with the permit application process. Contact Kristina Brower or you can download an application from the Child Development Training Consortium.

Preschool Child Development Permit Matrix

School-Age Child Development Permit Matrix

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