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Chapter 1. Credentials Issued Under the Teacher Preparation and Licensing Law of 1970 Article 5. Permits Authorizing Service in Child Care and Development Programs Definitions   

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As used in this article, each of the following terms has the meaning herein shown:

(a) "Child Development Permit" means any permit issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing which authorizes service in the care, development and instruction of children in a child care and development program. Child Development Permits were formerly referred to as Children's Center Permits.

(b) "Child care and development program" means any state licensed center-based child care and development program operated by a person, association, organization or school district legally authorized to conduct such programs.

(c) "General education" means course work from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in subject areas other than early childhood education and/or child development. The candidate must have earned a "C" or above in each course to be accepted.

(d) "Supervised field experience" means instruction performed in a child care and development program for college credit which is supervised by a person approved by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

(e) "Early childhood education/child development course work" means college course work from a regionally accredited institution of higher education primarily related to children ages five years or younger. Twenty-five percent of the course work may be extended to cover children ages five to, and including, eight years. The candidate must have earned a "C" grade or above in each course to be accepted. The coursework must be non-remedial. "Non-remedial" coursework for the purpose of this section shall be defined as coursework that is applicable toward an associate of arts degree or higher at a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

(f) "Commission approved alternative education programs" means training which occurs outside of a regionally accredited institution of higher education that has been approved by the Commission to meet all or part of the requirements for obtaining a Child Development Permit. Commission approved alternative education programs must meet criteria established by the Commission in consultation with the Superintendent of Public Instruction in order to be applied toward the Permit.

(g) "Child Development Associate (CDA) credential" means a nationally recognized certificate issued by the CDA Credentialing Commission in Washington DC.

(h) "Professional growth" means participation in activities that contribute to a permit holder's competence, performance or effectiveness in the early childhood profession. Such activities may include but are not limited to college or university coursework, conferences, workshops, institutes, academies, symposia, and staff development programs.

(i)(1) "Core areas" for the Child Development Permit means individual courses or training in each of the following areas:

(A) child and/or human development;

(B) child, family and community or child and family relations; and

(C) programs and curriculum.

(2) "Core areas" for the Child Development Permit with the School - Age Emphasis means individual courses or training in each of the following areas:

(A) child growth and youth development;

(B) child and youth/family/community; and

(C) programs/curriculum including school-age instructional practices.

(3) Core courses in "child and/or human development and child, family and community" or "child and family relations" must be a minimum of three semester units or four quarter units.

(j) "Aide" means an individual who cares for and assists in the development and instruction of children under the supervision of a CDP Associate Teacher, Child Development Permit (CDP) Teacher, CDP Master Teacher, CDP Site Supervisor, or CDP Program Director. An aide may not be supervised by a CDP Assistant. An aide is not required to hold a Child Development Permit.

(k) "Adult supervision coursework" means a course that helps Child Development Permit candidates develop knowledge and skills for effective communication with and supervision of adults.

(l) "Accredited Home Economics Related Occupations (HERO) program" means a high school training program that is certified by the Home Economics Education Unit, California Department of Education, and uses curriculum developed by the Home Economics Education Unit to train secondary students to serve as aides or assistants in a child care and development program. Such training qualifies an individual to obtain a Child Development Assistant Permit.

(m) "Regional Occupational Program (ROP)" means a program designed to prepare secondary students or adults in one of a variety of occupations. When such training is in child development related occupations, it may be used to qualify an individual to obtain a Child Development Assistant Permit.

(n) "School-Age Emphasis" means that the permit holder has completed coursework relating to children and youths from birth to age 14. The coursework must be non-remedial.

(o) "Program year" means 175 days of three or more hours per day working in a child care and development program.

Authority cited:

Education Code 8363

Education Code 8370

Education Code 44225(d)

Reference:

Education Code 8370

Education Code 8363

(Amended By Register 2002, No. 29)