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CPIN Curriculum Certification Process

Spring/Summer Volume 1 schedule posted below.

The purpose of CPIN: Under the direction of the California Department of Education (CDE), Early Education & Support Division (EESD), the California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) provides high-quality professional development, technical assistance, and support to California’s preschool program administrators and teachers through its statewide network. CPIN increases the professional knowledge and skills of preschool administrators and teachers by conducting professional development on CDE publications and resources including the California Preschool Learning Foundations [PLF] and California Preschool Curriculum Framework [PCF] (Volumes 1-3) and Preschool English Learners: Principles and Practices to Promote Language, Literacy, and Learning [PEL Resource Guide].

The purpose of CPIN certification: The CPIN certification process has been developed to expand the capacity for the delivery of CPIN professional development on the foundations and framework throughout the eleven regions. It is the expectation that candidates who submit an application have previous experience conducting presentations and working in early learning settings.

The certification process: Through the certification process, agencies/programs that have the capacity to conduct professional development on the foundations and framework—using the CPIN modules—may become a CPIN certified partner. While this CPIN partnership will expand an agency’s capacity to conduct professional development on the foundations and framework, it does not include provisions for agencies to receive funding to conduct CPIN professional development.

Certification requires the successful completion of three phases:
Phase 1 and 2:

• Phases 1 and  2 focus on the California Early Childhood Online (CECO) Foundations and Framework Modules and CPIN Core Curriculum Segments. Cost: $200/domain (Phase 1 and 2 are completed using an online format.)
• Phase 3 is facilitated by Sacramento County Office of Education (only to be completed for the first certification process): Cost: ($5000)

Phase 3
Phase 3 is completed at face-to-face trainings and requires partner trainers to engage in applied practice and observation with a Regional CPIN Lead(s) as follows:
1. Observe or have attended a CPIN professional development session on the specific domain/module covered in phase two (A waiver may be requested based on individual circumstances).
2. Co-present a CPIN professional development on the specific domain/module covered in phase 2.
3. Demonstrate competency as a CPIN professional development trainer through an observation process on the specific domain/module covered in phase two. If  needed, an opportunity to receive an additional observation may be granted. 

For information on Phase 3 please contact Nancy Herota 916-228-3934.

Additional Information:

  • Participants may elect to complete phase 1 and 2 only in order to gain knowledge of the foundations and framework.
  • Completion of these two phases does not result in certification, however the course information may be applied to any type of work in the early childhood field.
  • Upon successful completion of all three phases, participants will earn a CPIN Certification in Training. (At this time, there is no CPIN Certification in Coaching.)

Click here to begin the application process.  Once accepted, qualified applicants will be sent a registration link in which participants may choose which domains to register for; there is a fee of $200 per domain. After completing the registration link participants will receive a confirmation email receipt. On the day the course registration closes participants will be sent the course welcome letter with more detailed course, cohort, and scheduling information.

NEW Schedule!

Late Spring/ Summer Volume 1:
• May 15–June 12, 2017 — Language & Literacy Development
• May 15–June 12, 2017 — English Language Development
• June 12 –July 24th — Social-Emotional Development
• June 12 –July 24th — Mathematics

Previous Schedule

Below you will find the 2016/2017 online schedule for Phases 1 and 2. 

Fall Volume 1: (Completed)
• August 15–September 19, 2016 — Language & Literacy Development 
• September 26–October 31,  2016 — English Language Development
• November 3–December 9, 2016 — Social-Emotional Development
• November 3–December 9, 2016 — Mathematics
July 31 — Application process closes

Volume 3 (Completed)
• January 11–February 22, 2017 — Science
• January 11–February 22, 2017 — History Social Science
January 6, 2017— Application process closes

Volume 2 (In session)
• March 8–April 5, 2017 — Visual and Performing Arts
• April 12 —May 17, 2017 — Physical Development and Health

* Participants may elect to complete phase 1 and 2 only in order to gain knowledge of the foundations and framework. Completion of these two phases does not result in certification, however the course information may be applied to any type of work in the early childhood field. Fees for phase 1, 2 and 3 are collected separately. The fee for phase 3 will not be collected until completion of phase 1 and 2 in at least one domain. Upon successful completion of all three phases, participants will earn a CPIN Certification in Training. (At this time, there is no CPIN Certification in Coaching.)