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Welcome to Santa Monica College's Teacher Academy

Early Childhood/Education Department




Our Mission Statement


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 range of life and work experiences of our students, both aspiring early educators and professional working in the field. In collaboration with our community partners, our program provides students with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills by 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
Assistant Teacher* 
Children’s Librarian**
Preschool Teacher 
Primary grade Teacher**
Licensed Family Child Care Provider  
Kindergarten Teacher**
Program / Center Director* 
Site Supervisor*
After School Program Staff 
Parks and Recreation Aide
Early Childhood Special Education** 
Home  Visitor
Community College Instructor** 
Speech Pathologist**
Infant / Toddler Teacher 
Play Therapist**
Parent Educator 
Curriculum Specialist / Coordinator
Early Intervention Specialist** 
Child Life Specialist**
Associate Teacher* 
Community Care Licensing Analyst
Instructional Aide

*Levels on the Child Development Permit Matrix 
**These job opportunites generally require a Bachelor’s