​​​​​​​​​​​About the Child Development and Education Department 
Coursework in the Child Development and Education Department emphasizes the theoretical and practical knowledge needed for working with culturally diverse children birth through age eight. We offer a variety of certificate options depending on the age group you want to work with. The various certificates provide developmentally based courses designed to teach students how to provide competent care and interactions for children.
Employment Outlook
Recent social and economic trends have increased the need for trained, competent day care educators and personnel. Early childhood educators are in demand more than ever. Job opportunities are available as classroom teachers, child development specialists, early primary classroom aides, infant and toddler caregivers, early intervention assistants, and children’s center directors or administrators. Ample opportunities exist in a variety of public and private community based programs, and salaries are increasing.

Admissions & Registration
An application for admission into Orange Coast College is required for all students. Visit the admissions site for more information.

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For more specific inquiries, please contact us.

Laurie Campbell 

Program Coordinator and Professor of Child Development and Education



Jenny Chaiyakal

Professor of Child Development and Education



Jeanette Ellis 

Professor of Child Development and Education



Kara Jones

Instructor of Child Development and Education


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