Does nurturing others come naturally to you? Do you love working with children? If so, the OCC Career Advantage Early Childhood Education programs offer the training and experience you need to launch your career in the classroom or to move into administration at a child care, elementary school or other program for children aged 5 and younger. If you picture yourself as someone with a mission to hep children learn, grow and thrive, read on to learn how OCC can help you get there.

A sampling of courses for these careers

  • Creativity for Children
  • Teaching in a Diverse Society
  • Child Abuse I.D. and Referral 
  • Inclusion of Children with Disabilities
  • Current Issues in Early Childhood
  • Family, School, and Community Partnerships

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Did you know?

Projected employment for preschool teachers in the U.S. is expected to increase by 11 percent through 2024.


Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in early childhood education, and earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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Infant and Toddler Teacher

Prepare for an entry-level position as a professional infant or toddler teacher. Learn theoretical and practical skills needed to work with children from birth to 2 years. Courses fulfill Title 22 licensing requirements and Title 5 early childhood education course requirements for the Child Development Permit at the teacher level.

Preschool Teacher

Prepare for an entry-level position as a professional preschool teacher. Courses emphasize strong theoretical and practical skills needed to work with children 2-5 years. Courses fulfill Title 22 licensing requirements and Title 5 early childhood education course requirements for the Child Development Permit at the teacher level.

Associate Preschool Teacher

Prepare for a position as an associate teacher of preschool children. Courses emphasize strong theoretical and practical skills needed to work with children 2-5 years. Courses fulfill Title 22 licensing requirements and Title 5 early childhood education course requirements for the Child Development Permit at the teacher level.

Early Childhood Administration

Build on your early childhood certificate and prepare to become a child care director or administrator at an early childhood center.

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Infant and Toddler Teacher

Complete the Infant and Toddler Teacher Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. This program prepares you for an entry-level position as a professional infant or toddler teacher. Learn theoretical and practical skills needed to work with children from birth to 2 years. Courses fulfill Title 22 licensing requirements and Title 5 early childhood education course requirements for the Child Development Permit at the teacher level.

Preschool Teacher

Complete the Preschool Teacher Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. This program prepares you for an entry-level position as a professional preschool teacher. Courses emphasize strong theoretical and practical skills needed to work with children 2-5 years. Courses fulfill Title 22 licensing requirements and Title 5 early childhood education course requirements for the Child Development Permit at the teacher level.

Early Childhood Administration

Complete the Early Childhood Administration Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. This program builds on your Early Childhood certificate and prepares you to become a child care director or administrator at an early childhood center.

Elementary Teacher Education AA-T

Earn an Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer Degree to be well-positioned to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major within the California State University system. Students who complete the Elementary Teacher Education AA-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.

Early Childhood Education AS-T

Earn an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer Degree to be well-positioned to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major within the California State University system. Students who complete the Early Childhood Education AS-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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