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Core Curriculum

The California Core Curriculum is a series of self-paced, online courses available to teachers, leaders, administrators, and coaches to enhance knowledge of the preschool learning foundations and curriculum framework. The courses are designed for individuals who have demonstrated a base-level knowledge of the foundations and framework. In-depth coursework provides information and experiences that enable early childhood educators (ECE) and transitional kindergarten (TK) teachers, leaders, administrators, coaches, and professional learning specialists to seamlessly implement resources available to the early childhood workforce.

Discover how the preschool learning foundations and curriculum framework are based on research and connect to all other evidenced-based resources, including curriculum, assessment, and other teaching tools.

The Core Curriculum series offers

  • self-paced learning over a 14-16-week time span;
  • 60 professional learning hours through the California Early Care and Education Workforce Registry;
  • 2-4 academic units per series at $100 per unit from Cal State University Channel Islands;
  • online readings, videos, group discussions, assignments, and reflections; and
  • facilitation by an early childhood education instructor.

Spring 2023 semester runs from January 21-May 26. Must enroll by end of January.


Series 1

  • Social and Emotional Development: Inclusion Works, Powerful Role of Play, and Building Resiliency through Play
  • Language and Literacy Development: Integrated Nature of Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Development

Cost: $800

Registration: Course Enrollment

CA Workforce Registry for PD hours: Series 1 Registry Enrollment

Four (4) academic units through CSU Channel Islands (additional fee)**: Series 1 Fall 2022 Enrollment Form (Spring enrollment form available in mid-January)


Series 2

  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • History/Social Science: Family Partnerships and Culture and Responsive Early Education for Young Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness
  • Health: Trauma-Informed Care
  • Science: Integrated STEM in Early Childhood

Cost: $800

Registration: Link to Course Enrollment

CA Workforce Registry for PD hours: Series 2 Registry Enrollment

Four (4) academic units through CSU Channel Islands (additional fee)**: Series 2 Fall Enrollment Form (Spring enrollment form available in mid-January)


Series 3

English Language Development/ Multilingual Learners 

Cost: $200

Registration: Link to Course Enrollment 

CA Workforce Registry for PD hours: Series 3 Registry Enrollment

Two (2) academic units through CSU Channel Islands (additional fee)**: Series 3 Fall 2022 Enrollment Form (Spring enrollment form available in mid-January)


​* Optional introductory modules are available for free on California Early Childhood Online (CECO).

**Participants are eligible for academic units at the end of each series for that semester.