Transitional Kindergarten Certificate

The Transitional Kindergarten Certificate consists of 24 units. More than 15 units should be completed at Vanguard University in order to receive a Transitional Kindergarten Certificate.

Any credentialed teacher assigned to teach Transitional Kindergarten (TK), or a combination class of Kindergarten and TK after July 1, 2015 will have until August 1, 2020 to meet an additional educational requirement of at least 24 units in early childhood education or child development, or both. All of California’s new TK teachers will need to meet this requirement. Students who are not credentialed teachers may enroll in this program. This certificate alone does not qualify students to teach TK.

ECED-101Child Growth and Development3
ECED-103Child, Family and Comm/Social3
ECED-106Intro to Curriculum for the Young Child3
ECED-108Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children3
ECED-126Teaching in a Diverse Society3
ECED-135Health, Safety and Nutrition for the Young Child3
ECED-137Observation and Assessment3
ECED-141Introduction to Transitional Kindergarten Programs3
Total Units24

Electives: After completion of 24 units, the courses below could be taken for the needs and self-improvement of each candidate.

ECED-109 Infant/Toddler Development

ECED-121 Admininistration of Early Childhood Education Programs I

ECED-123 Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs II

ECED-139 Adult Supervision and Mentoring

ECED-160 Infant/Toddler: Curriculum and Practicum


* At least 12 units should be taken at Vanguard in order to receive a TK certificate from Vanguard University.

**The above eight courses contain the core-courses that the State of California Commission on Teacher Credential requires for a Child Development Permit. Although taking the listed courses is recommended, an individual candidate could design her/his own program of study based on her/his needs utilizing the courses below.