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CPIN Curriculum Certification Process

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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 Requirements

Phase 1: 

  • Focuses on the California Early Childhood Online (CECO) foundations and framework modules
  • Training conducted online at www.caearlychildhoodonline.org
  • No fee for training

Phase 2:

  • Focuses on the CPIN Core Curriculum segments
  • Training conducted online 
  • Cost: $200/domain

Phase 3

  • Face-to-face trainings  
  • Facilitated by Sacramento County Office of Education (only to be completed for the first certification process)
  • Cost: $5000.00
  • 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 2. (A waiver may be requested based on individual circumstances.)
  2. Co-present for CPIN professional development on one of the specific domains/modules 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 2. If needed, an opportunity to receive an additional observation may be granted. 

After completing phase 1 and 2, or to initiate phase 3, please contact Stacy Sewell: ssewell@scoe.net.

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.)


Example Scenarios for Cost and Certification Choices

As described above, participants may elect to earn certification in one or more domains. 

Volume 1 Certification Example: 

A participant may elect to earn certification in all Volume 1 domains (Social Emotional, Language and Literacy, English Language Development and Mathematics). This certification requires participant to:
1) Complete phase 1 which includes completing all 9 domain modules on CECO at no cost.
2) Complete phase 2 for the four domains in volume 1 for a fee of $200.00/domain for a total cost of $800.00.
3) Complete phase 3 (which includes the two steps listed above for one of the specific domains/modules covered in phase 2 for a cost of $5,000.00).
In this sample scenario to become certified in all four domains of volume 1, the participant cost would be $5800.00. 

Single Domain Certification Example:

A participant may elect to earn certification in a single domain. This certification requires participant to:
1) Complete phase 1 which includes completing all 9 domain modules on CECO at no cost.
2) Complete phase 2 for the single domain for $200.00.
3) Complete phase 3 which includes the two steps listed above for one of the specific modules in the single domain for a cost of $5000.00.
In this scenario the total cost of certification for the single domain would be $5200.00. 

All Domain Certification Example:

A participant may elect to earn certification in all 9 domains. All domain certification requires:
1) Complete phase 1 which includes completing all 9 domain modules on CECO at no cost.
2) Complete phase 2 for the 9 domains  for a fee of $200.00/domain resulting in $1600.00*.
3) Complete phase 3 which includes the three steps listed above for on one of the specific domains/modules covered in phase 2 for a fee of $5,000.00.
In this sample scenario to become certified in all nine domains  the participant cost would be $6600.00.

Phase 1 and 2 Only for all Nine Domains: 

A participant may elect to complete only phase 1 and 2 which DOES NOT result in a certification, but does deepen knowledge. Phase 1 and 2 only requires:
1) Complete phase 1 which includes completing all 9 domains modules on CECO at no cost.
2) Complete phase 2 for all 9 domains for a cost of $1600.00*.
Again, phase 1 and 2 only does not result in a certification, but does provide information on the foundations and framework to deepen understanding.

*The online Core Curriculum for the domains of Health and Physical Development are combined resulting in a fee of only $200.00 per these two domains. 

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 details about the course, cohort, and scheduling information.

NEW Schedule!

Late Spring/ Summer Volume 1:
May 15–June 27, 2017 — Language & Literacy Development COMPLETED
• May 15–June 27, 2017 — English Language Development COMPLETED

• July 20 –Aug 30th — Social-Emotional Development COMPLETED
• July 20 –Aug 30th — Mathematics COMPLETED

Volume 1: 2017 Fall Cohort
Language and Literacy: August 28th-September 25th COMPLETED
English Language Development: October 2nd-October 30th COMPLETED
Social Emotional Development: November 6th-November 28th COMPLETED

Math: December 4th-January 16th

Volume 2: 2018 Winter Cohort
Visual Performing Arts: January 22nd- February 19th
Physical Development and Health: February 26th-March 19th

Volume 3: 2018 Spring Cohort
Science: March 26th-April 19th
History Social Science: April 23rd-May 21st

* Participants may elect to complete phase 1 and 2 only to learn about 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.)