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About the Infant and Toddler Program

Embark on a rich path of growth and professional development in our Early Childhood Education Infant & Toddler program. Infant and toddler professionals work in early childhood education centers, child development facilities and family child care homes.

Early childhood professionals support children’s ability to:

  • Learn
  • Be self-confident and have high self-esteem
  • Have positive social skills
  • Develop a sense of empathy

Santa Monica College’s Early Childhood Education Infant & Toddler specialization is a rewarding pathway full of discovery where you will impact very young children as a caregiver and teacher during the critical first 3 years of life. You will develop and foster emotionally nourishing relationships with young children, which lay the foundation for infant and toddler brain development, lifelong health and well-being.

Our early childhood curriculum is centered on caregiving routines that support children’s social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical development. We connect theory to practice, providing experiential opportunities including site observations, mentoring, tutoring and more to teach you how to serve the unique needs of children, families, and communities.

The SMC Infant & Toddler career path prepares you to work with young children 0-36 months and their families in public and private settings. You will develop the skills needed to create respectful and responsive relationships that support, empower and involve families in their children’s learning and development.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science Degree Icon Associate in Science More information on the Associate in Science Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Certificate of Achievement More information on the Certificate of Achievement

Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Associate in Science Degree - Infant/Toddler Teacher Associate in Science Degree Icon

30 units + General Education

Certificate of Achievement - Infant/Toddler Teacher Certificate of Achievement Icon

30 units

This program prepares students to work with infants/toddlers (0-36 months) enabling the student to assist a teacher in a public infant/toddler program or teach infants/toddlers in a private child care setting. In addition, students will develop skills to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support, empower, and involve families in their children's learning and development. Early Childhood Education professionals adhere to the guidelines as well as the Professional Code of Ethics of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) providing developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for the enhancement of the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and creative domains of young children.

PDF FileView Requirements for the Associate in Science Degree and Certificate of Achievement - Infant/Toddler Teacher

SMC Resources

Potential Career Options

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Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Child, Family, and School Social Workers Bachelor's Degree $57,255
Teacher Assistants A Certificate $34,294
Childcare Workers High School Diploma or More $20,218