Early Childhood Education

The Field

If you are looking to improve outcomes for children and families in your community, then Skyline College’s Early Childhood Education and Elementary/Special Education Program can offer you many career pathways in child development, special education and elementary education.  This field relies heavily on the commitment of dedicated individuals who are able to work collaboratively, use reflective practices, and link theory with hands-on classroom teaching and management.  Additionally success in the ECE/EDU profession requires commitment to the welfare of children, families, and ongoing professional growth.  

The Early Childhood Development Program at Skyline College

Our students graduate with knowledge of current research, community resources, as well as an understanding of relevant issues pertaining to diversity and inclusive practices in ECE. 

Students in our program also benefit from our Educator Preparation Institute Center (EPICenter), a one-stop place for all things related to early childhood, elementary and special education, including a resource library, computer work stations, and study area.

We offer Associates Degrees in Early Childhood Education, and Certificates of Achievement in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Early Intervention Assistant, and The School-Age Child as well as ADT Degrees in ECE and Elementary Ed, which will allow students to continue to pursue meaningful degrees in a State or UC Institution. 

Career Outlook

Students pursuing a degree or certificate in child development/education are able to choose from a variety of occupations that start at entry level while continuing to grow in both experience and education.  Our program is modeled to work cohesively with the California Teacher Credential Child Developments Permit allowing students to enter classrooms with as few as 6 units in Child Development as an Assistant Teacher and progressing towards Program Director (See TAB Child Development Permits). 

Additionally students enrolled in our certificate programs will be required to have 96 hours of hands on supervised field experience in their area of choice.  This experience can be the start of a career in infant-toddler, pre-school teaching, school age (after school care) or administration, special education, or elementary education.  Many students use these certificate as a step towards advanced degrees in fields such as social work, child psychiatry, or advocacy.

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