friends who had gone through the ECE program at SMC, Taylor-Mortoff knew what
to expect. “They loved it,” she said. “They got a tremendous education,
particularly for the value.”
value – and the programs offered – attracted Taylor-Mortoff to SMC. But one
more factor clinched the deal: the professors. “SMC has these teachers who have
both tremendous life experience and stellar academic qualifications,” she said.
ECE program has been especially valuable in helping Taylor-Mortoff keep pace
with how childhood education is evolving to prepare children for a rapidly
changing world. “A lot of what I’m being taught relates to child-directed
education,” she explained, “where you’re looking at overall goals for a class,
but you’re also looking at specific, individualized education plans for each
training includes ensuring that students in the ECE program know exactly what
is expected of them as professional educators – and that they meet or surpass
provide our students current information, and practical application of theories
– and support them through tutoring and mentoring – to help them develop into
reflective teachers.” said Laura Manson, ECE department chair.
children have diverse needs, SMC offers different educational tracks to meet
them. For example, the Early Intervention Assistant Associate Degree and
Certificate of Achievement prepares students to work with young children who
have disabilities and other special needs, as well as children at risk of
developmental delays and challenges. Students in this program build expertise
in early interventions and childhood special education from a culturally
sensitive, family-focused perspective.
students with hands-on experience is an important component of the ECE programs
at SMC. Most of the programs include intensive lab courses that require working for a specified number of hours or days in a
preschool or other early childhood setting. In the lab course Observation
and Assessment (ECE 21), students observe and document child development
and play, and learn how to join with families and others in promoting
children’s success. Another lab course – Practicum in Early Childhood
Education (ECE 22) – helps students turn theory into practice as they learn
how to design and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning.
aid students in the ECE programs, SMC offers the Teacher Resource Room, which
supports students academically while encouraging budding educators to learn
from each other as part of a collaborative community. The Teacher Resource Room
also provides supplemental instruction, a lending library, and access to
earning her Early Childhood Education certificate, Taylor-Mortoff plans to add
a Master’s degree to the solid career grounding and experience she is gaining
my ideal scenario, I would eventually be running my own school,” she said.
pursuing certification, an Associate degree, or a Bachelor’s degree, students
will find that all the coursework offered at SMC meets California’s stringent requirements
for professional licensing. Coursework also corresponds to the childhood
education programs offered through the California State University (CSU) and
University of California (UC) systems and other universities, making it
easier for SMC students to transfer.
offers a variety of Associate degrees and Certificates of Achievement in ECE.
The Associate in Science for Transfer degree in ECE gives students the
opportunity to get priority consideration for admission into many CSU campuses.
Associate degrees are also offered in ECE-Career, Early Intervention
Assistant, and Certificates of Achievement are offered in the same areas. A
Department Certificate in ECE (Core) is available and prepares students
to obtain an Associate Teacher permit.
birth to the first day of kindergarten, the human brain develops more quickly
than at any other stage of life. That is why educating children early in life
is so critical: ECE teachers set the course for a child’s first years of formal
K-12 education, and for success in later life. For more information on becoming
part of this challenging, yet rewarding profession, visit www.smc.edu/ece or call (310) 434-8109.