Become an Advisor

Reprinted from page 9 of “The California Professional Growth Manual for Child Development Permits” (1996).

To serve as a professional growth advisor, you must meet the requirements outlined on pages 6 .8 and complete the appropriate eligibility form on page 20 or 21, along with verification materials, and give them to each permit holder you are advising. Employing agencies may designate certificated individuals to serve as professional growth advisors on behalf of credential holders who must fulfill the professional growth requirements. The following paragraphs outline the responsibilities and rights of professional growth advisors.

  1. Know the requirements.
    A professional growth advisor should know the contents of this manual, discuss these with the permit holder, and answer questions about them. The advisor should serve as a source of helpful information about the permit holder’s obligations.
  2. Recommend activities.
    An advisor should discuss the staff development needs of the employing agency and the school with the permit holder. The advisor has a right to recommend professional growth activities, but does not have a right to compel the permit holder to pursue particular activities.
  3. Advise credential holders.
    An advisor should advise permit holders about their professional growth plans and activities. He or she may ask questions, make observations and suggestions, and assist permit holders in obtaining information about professional growth opportunities.
  4. Use the standards.
    An advisor has a responsibility to determine whether activities identified on a Professional Growth Plan and Record meet the standards that are explained on pages 8-9 of this manual. The advisor has a right to ask a permit holder to explain how or why the planned activities satisfy the standards. If the planned activities are consistent with the standards, the advisor has a responsibility to sign item 19 on the Professional Growth Plan and Record. If one or more of the planned activities does not satisfy the standards, the advisor has a responsibility to inform the permit holder.
  5. Include the categories of activities.
    When an advisor discusses the professional growth plan with the permit holder, the advisor should indicate that the Professional Growth Plan and Record must include activities in two or more categories if two or more categories are not reflected in the original plan.
  6. Initial additions to a Professional Growth Plan and Record.
    An advisor has the responsibility to initial any addition to a plan that is consistent with the standards on pages 8-9. The advisor should initial added goals in item 10 and added activities in item 15 of the plan.
  7. Consider activities already begun before signing.
    An advisor is not required to sign item 19 on the Professional Growth Plan and Record if the permit holder has already begun one or more of the activities identified on the plan. The advisor may sign item 19 if he or she believes that the permit holder had a good reason for beginning the activities before the plan was signed.
  8. Verify time spent.
    An advisor has a responsibility to examine items 16 and 18 on a permit holder ’s Professional Growth Plan and Record. He or she has a right to require the permit holder to provide reasonable verification that items 16 and 18 are accurate. The actual hours spent on an activity should be recorded. Such records are for the use of you and your advisee and need not be sent to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. If a permit holder needs to change advisors before completing the activities in a signed plan, the original advisor should initial each activity in item 17 for which he or she has seen reasonable verification.
  9. Sign a Professional Growth Plan and Record.
    An advisor has a responsibility to sign item 21 on a Professional Growth Plan and Record if he or she believes all of the information is accurate, based on verification by the permit holder or a previous advisor, and the activities were identified on the Professional Growth Plan and Record signed by an advisor. If the Professional Growth Plan and Record does not satisfy these conditions, the advisor has an obligation to inform the permit holder.
  10. Maintain independence from performance evaluations.
    A professional growth advisor must discharge his or her responsibilities independently of any evaluation of the permit holder’s performance that is conducted to determine the permit holder’s employment status.

Professional Growth Advisor Qualification Criteria

To be eligible to serve as a Professional Growth Advisor for the Child Development Permit, an applicant must posses:

  • A Child Development Permit at the Teacher Level or above, and have three years of experience teaching;
    OR applicant must be serving as a director in an early childhood education setting. This includes any authorizing instruction or supervision in a child development program issued under previous regulations as long as it is a full permit (rather than an emergency, limited, postponed or provisional permit).
  • An Early Childhood Education Specialist Credential
  • A Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education
  • A Standard Early Childhood Teaching Credential
  • An Elementary (General, Standard or Ryan) Teaching Credential with: at least 12 semester units of child development or early childhood education course work
    OR at least 2 years of experience in an early childhood education/child development setting.
  • A Secondary Teaching Credential with a major in Home Economics with: at least 12 semester units of child development or early childhood education course work
    OR at least 2 years of experience in an early childhood education/child development setting.

Other Options for advisor qualifications are:

  • A master’s degree or above in early childhood education or child development
  • At least five years of experience as a director of a privately funded (Title 22) child development center

When the permit holder submits a renewal application, along with the original Professional Growth Plan and Record Form, and the application fee, the applicant must send a signed copy of the Professional Growth Advisor’s Eligibility Form.