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Welcome to Santa Monica College's Teacher Academy

Early Childhood/Education Department




Our Mission Statement Fall 2015

 The Early Childhood/Education program prepares students for careers in early care and education, including transfer to a four-year college/university. Our program values and builds upon the diverse  work experiences of our students, both aspiring early educators and other professionals working in the field. In collaboration with our community partners, our program provides students with opportunities to construct their identity as a teacher, by developing knowledge and skills and connecting theory to practice. Through coursework, site observations, fieldwork, mentoring, tutoring and professional development, students build their capacity for reflective practice and global citizenship, in order to serve the unique needs of children, families and communities.

Educate, Collaborate, Inspire, Transform

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Career Options
  • Child Development Assistant
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Parent Educator
  • Youth Worker, Children and Family Services
  • Infant-Toddler Teacher
  • Early Childhood Education Teacher( Private) 
  • Child Development Program Director (Private)
  • After School Instructor
  • Recreation Leader
  • Family Services Specialist
Associate Degree Required:
  • Instructional Assistance
  • Child Development Assistant            (Public)
  • Early Intervention Assistant
  • Child Development Director             Private)
  • Early Childhood Teacher (Private)
  • Home  Visitor / Home Based Teacher
  • After School Program Leader
  • Parent Services Specialist
  • Family Development Educator   (Early Head Start)
Baccalaureate Degree Required:
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Behavior Specialist ( ABA)
  • Early Learning Mentor Coach
  • Lead Teacher ( Public)
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Staff
  • Center based Site Supervisor ( Public)
  • Child Development Program Director         ( Public)
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Family Service Worker