West Valley College

  • West Valley is about success. It’s about helping students create a future for themselves so they can contribute to a world that needs their talents, drive, and enthusiasm. We do that by providing as much one-on-one interaction with students as possible. The results speak for themselves.

    The School of Continuing Education at West Valley College currently offers FREE classes, open to ALL students and community members, and requires no proof of residency. Our classes and programs give you skills and training to help you achieve your personal, career, and educational goals.

    CA Associate Teacher Permit program

    West Valley College and Silicon Valley Adult Education are partnering to offer the Pathway to Permit program starting this Fall 2022 on August 31st. By completing 2 classes by Dec. 15th, you can receive your California Assistant Teacher Permit, and starting February 2023, take 2 more to get your California Associate Teacher Permit! 

    What is the California Associate Teacher Permit?  The California Associate Teacher Permit qualifies you to work in early childhood education to provide service in the care, development, and instruction of children in a childcare and development program and supervise a Child Development Program Assistant and an aide. 

    Many students continue in the career pathway to becoming a Child Development Teacher, Master Teacher, Site Supervisor, and Program Director. 

    Details about the Pathway to Permit program and classes for Fall 2022

    • Free textbook loan 

    • Free laptop and hotspot/Wi-Fi rental

    • Staff assistance with applying for a CA Assistant and Associate Teacher permit

    • Staff assistance to gain employment


    Dates: August 31 – December 15

    Days/Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 - 11:05 a.m.

    Location: Rm. 16 at Silicon Valley Adult Education, 760 Hillsdale Ave., San Jose. 



    CHST 1: Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children

    CHST 63: Child Family and Community


    Contact information: 

    Patty Lopez 

    Transition Specialist