Child Development Permits - Graduate

The School of Education offers Early Childhood coursework, and upon completion of the required coursework, candidates will be eligible to apply for the California Child Development Assistant Permit, Associate Teacher Permit, Teacher Permit, Master Teacher Permit and/or Site Supervisor Permit with the option to add the School-Age Emphasis Authorization to all permits. The Early Childhood coursework can be applied to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) or the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) as part of a 15-credit concentration, as a stand alone program, or taken for Child Development certification purposes. All Child Development Permits require that all coursework be passed with a grade of "B-" or higher. The Early Childhood concentrations within the M.A.T. and the M.A.Ed. may be taken by non-California residents (please see a credential analyst in the School of Education).

Admission Requirements

  • Must be a California Resident in order to fulfill fieldwork requirements for permits.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Verify possession of a Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of program.
  • Non-native English speakers must verify a score of 100 iBT on the TOEFL exam.
  • Complete Biola University's Graduate Education Application.
  • Interview with a member of the School of Education.

Official documents presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student's academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution.

Taskstream Subscription

Candidates must have a paid subscription to Taskstream while taking Child Development courses.

Program Requirements

The School-Age Emphasis Authorization can be added to all child development permits by completion of additional approved coursework. Please see a credential analyst in the School of Education for details.

1. Assistant Permit Coursework

SEED 535Child Development: Birth through Adolescence3
SEED 556Early Childhood Curriculum3

2. Associate Teacher Permit Coursework

SEED 535Child Development: Birth through Adolescence3
SEED 556Early Childhood Curriculum3
SEED 557School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings3
SEED 559Observation and Assessment of Young Children3

Experience Requirement

The experience requirement includes at least 50 days of experience in an instructional capacity in a child care and development program, working at least 3 hours per day within the last 2 years. This experience must be verified by submitting an original letter from the employer on official letterhead. Fieldwork in early childhood coursework may be folded into the 50 days of required early childhood experience (minimum of 3 hours per day).

3. Teacher Permit Coursework

SEED 535Child Development: Birth through Adolescence3
SEED 556Early Childhood Curriculum3
SEED 557School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings3
SEED 558Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings3
SEED 559Observation and Assessment of Young Children3
SEED 579Early Childhood Practicum 13
1

 SEED 579 waived if 175 days of teaching experience is met.

Experience Requirement

The experience requirement includes at least 175 days of experience in an instructional capacity in a child care and development program, working at least 3 hours per day within the last 4 years. This experience must be verified by submitting an original letter from the employer on official letterhead. Fieldwork in early childhood coursework may be folded into the 175 days of required early childhood experience (minimum of 3 hours per day). Candidates who successfully complete 16 weeks of full-time student teaching pre-K through grade 3 may use these hours to fulfill the 175-day requirement.

General Education Requirement: Must complete 16 semester credits in general education. One course in each of the following areas: humanities and/or fine arts, social sciences, math and/or science, and English and/or language arts.

4. Master Teacher Permit Coursework

SEED 535Child Development: Birth through Adolescence3
SEED 556Early Childhood Curriculum3
SEED 557School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings3
SEED 558Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings3
SEED 559Observation and Assessment of Young Children3
SEED 579Early Childhood Practicum 13
1

 SEED 579 may be met by SEED 512 and SEED 513: Elementary Student Teaching (K through grade 3 classroom).

5. Site Supervisor Permit Coursework

SEED 535Child Development: Birth through Adolescence3
SEED 556Early Childhood Curriculum3
SEED 557School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings3
SEED 558Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings3
SEED 559Observation and Assessment of Young Children3
SEED 579Early Childhood Practicum 13
1

SEED 579 may be met by SEED 512 and SEED 513: Elementary Student Teaching (K through grade 3 classroom).

Degree Requirement

Complete a baccalaureate degree or higher or possess a valid Multiple Subject Teaching Credential or a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Home Economics.