The Child Development Certificate Program provides opportunities to complete various career training certificates that create pathways to entry-level employment in the child care industry or transition to college. The certificate program pathways are designed to prepare students for professional or learning support positions in education, child care settings, and various other child, adolescent and family career opportunities. Emphasis is placed on the study of child growth and development; related standards and regulations; positive guidance techniques; health and nutrition practices, indoor and outdoor environments; and developmental learning strategies.
Career Training Certificates
Assistant Preschool Teacher
Child and Youth Program Assistant
Childcare Home Business Owner
Childcare Home Business Worker
Nanny / Caregiver
Preschool Aide / Helper
Simone Scano traveled to the United States from a small town near Venice, Italy. Remembering his experience teaching Italian language to youth in Europe inspired him to explore a career path in child development. He completed the free Child Development Certificate program at San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) in spring 2019. “I am happy I finally have the opportunity to study and work in early education. It is important for young children to have a positive male role model in their lives.” Following SDCE, Scano was hired as a Preschool Assistant for the University of California San Diego Early Childhood Education Center.
Rachel Rose has been working with families and children for the past 24 years. She teaches Child Development courses on Family Communication, Anger Management, Development and Care for Toddlers, Development and Care for Preschoolers, Enrichment certificates in Outdoor environments and Infant Development with an emphasis on Baby Sign Language. Rose earned a Bachelor's degree in Family Social Science, a Master’s degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and furthered her education abroad, studying cultural differences in families and child development at the University of Amsterdam. In recognition of her long-term advocacy for children and families, the State of California appointed Rose to an elite team of counselors assigned to provide Crisis Incident Stress Debriefing to high schools. Rose traveled the Northern California Coast counseling high school staff and students regarding teenage behavior, school violence, and safety.