The Child Development Program at Merced College includes degree, transfer and certificate programs. Students may earn an A.A. Degree in Child Development (formerly Early Childhood Education), or may earn Child Development Certificates of Training for Child Development Permits from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, or may work on transferring to Baccalaureate Programs at four-year universities.
With a degree in Child Development, there are many job opportunities for working with children and their families. Preschool Aide/Assistant or Teacher, Child Care Center Teacher, Camp Counselor, Family Service Worker, Director and Center Owner are a few of the jobs available.
Child Development Certificates of Training
A Merced College Child Development Certificate may be used when applying for a Child Development Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, which offers Permits that authorize teaching in State and Federal Preschool Programs. The Commission requires an additional verification of teaching experience as noted for each certificate below. In private preschool programs a “Teacher Permit” from the Commission in not required. A transcript is all that you need. A grade of “C” or better is required for each course in all Certificates of Training.
regarding the Child Development Program or registration, call (209) 386-6636
or visit the Lesher Student Services Center
to speak with a counselor.