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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Refer to the Child Care Regulations for Title 22 for the most updated requirements for preschool directors, teachers, aides, and other personnel.

15.3.1.1 Preschool Director

Option A Requirements:

  • High school graduation or GED

  • 12 accredited college units in Early Childhood Education (ECE), which must include courses in child growth and development; child, family, and community; and program/curriculum

  • A 3-unit course in administration and staff relations

  • 4 years of teaching experience* in a licensed child care center or comparable group child care program

  • Plus 15 hours of health and safety training (through the American Red Cross)

Option B Requirements:

  • AA degree with a major in Child Development (CD); must include a 3-unit course in administration and supervision of ECE Programs

  • At least 3 units or 60 training hours in early childhood education, child development, or school-age child courses

  • 2 years of experience* in ECE programs

  • Plus 15 hours of health and safety training (through the American Red Cross)

Option C Requirements:

  • BA degree in ECE or CD; must include a 3-unit course in administration and supervision of ECE Programs

  • At least 3 units or 60 training hours in early childhood education, child development, or school-age child courses

  • Plus 15 hours of health and safety training (through the American Red Cross)

Option D Requirements:

  • A credential from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing as either a site supervisor or preschool director

  • Plus 15 hours of health and safety training for all options (through the American Red Cross)

*The definition of experience is 100 days at 3 hours per day under the supervision of a qualified preschool director.

15.3.1.2 Preschool Teacher

Requirements (Fully Qualified):

  • 12 core units of ECE including courses in basic child development; child, family, and community; and ECE curriculum

  • Plus 6 months of experience

  • Plus 15 hours of health and safety training (through the American Red Cross​)

Requirements (Not Fully Qualified):

  • At least 6 units of ECE and 2 units each semester until the next level is completed

15.3.1.3 Preschool Aide

Requirements:

  • Is ​at least 18 years old, a high school graduate, or participating in an occupational program at high school

  • Shall work only under the direct supervision of a teacher

  • May escort or assist children in going to the bathroom and may supervise napping children without being under the direct supervision of a teacher

Preferred:

  • 6 units of ECE with continuing education in the field and always under the direct supervision of a qualified teacher


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