30 – Unit Certificate
The 30-Unit Certificate program is designed to equip you with a firm foundation of knowledge in the early education field. The certificate program is designed in collaboration with other California junior colleges to offer standardized lower-division coursework. The certificate is ideal if you are looking to complete the lower division early education units necessary to transfer towards an AA or BA in Child Development. You can also complete the certificate program to meet requirements for state permits or employer requirements. Choose to complete the 30-Unit Certificate and you can also apply for financial aid!

Coursework for Job Requirements
Vanguard’s Online Child Development Program makes it easy to stay current and up-to-date with early education principles and practices, as well as help you grow in your career. Take just one course to meet employer requirements or mix and match classes you find interesting for your own professional development. All of our classes can be taken individually and in any order.

California Permits
California has a series of requirements for California permits to work in an assortment of positions available in early education. Whether you want to be an associate teacher, teacher, master teacher, site supervisor, or program director, the CDP program has the early education classes you need to complete your education and apply for a California permit.

Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
Vanguard’s AA in ECE provides the necessary training to become an effective ECE professional and meets many professional requirements. Early educators with this degree find greater employment options and higher pay than their counterparts without degrees. Key ECE accrediting agencies are requiring higher educational degrees. The AA degree starts you on this journey.

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
Vanguard’s BA in ECE provides the necessary training to become an effective ECE professional and meets many professional requirements. Early educators with this degree find greater employment options and higher pay than their counterparts without or with lesser degrees. Currently, key ECE accrediting agencies are requiring early educators to have a BA degree or higher.