Global and Human Studies

Early Childhood Education

Fall 2022 Featured Courses

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Early Childhood Education is a profession full of purpose and personal reward. Earning a certificate or degree opens up a wide array of career opportunities for working with children and their families.

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Department at Cabrillo College offers an occupational and transfer program which deepens understanding of children, their families, and the teaching and learning process.

Our program offers

  • Two Associate Degrees

  • Eight Certificates of Achievement

  • One Skills Certificate

  • Mentorships in the field

  • Support for earning and obtaining California Child Development Permits

  • Assistance for alumni

  • Partnerships with the community, including employers

Career opportunities include becoming a:

  • preschool teacher

  • infant/toddler caregiver

  • site supervisor

  • small business owner

  • nanny

  • parent educator

  • and more

Crucial to our mission of educating and preparing the Early Care workforce is our relationship with the on-site Cabrillo College Children's Center & Lab School (CCCC&LS). This program serves infants, toddlers, and preschool age children, and it provides a model of high quality care for children and their families and for ECE student observers. The Infant and Toddler classrooms of the CCCC&LS are a Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) demonstration site.

Would you like to get more information about this program?


Fall 2022 Featured Courses

Get ahead with these Early Childhood Education classes! Whether you're new to Cabrillo or a returning student, ECE classes and certificates can help advance your career.

Our flexible classes are offered in-person, online, or hybrid at both our Aptos and Watsonville campuses.

Check out our Fall class offerings or view them online

View the ECE Fall Schedule
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Go from Cabrillo to Career with Early Childhood Education. Classes start on Aug 29!

If you don’t need to earn college credit, you can build your skills for FREE when you take the non-credit version of these classes. Visit the Cabrillo College Noncredit Application or email us for more details.