Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Student Support

Supervised Student Teaching

There are several ways for you to complete your supervised student teaching practicum with the Early Childhood Education Department. Student Teaching Practicum classes are offered in the Cabrillo College Children's Center & Lab School, on the Aptos campus, and at various community programs approved as Mentor Sites, under the supervision of Mentor Teachers and ECE faculty. The Practicum placement, whether at the Cabrillo College Children's Center & Lab School or at a Mentor Site requires that you have successfully completed ECE 31/131 - Child Growth and Development. Additionally, you must concurrently enroll (or have previously completed) ECE 51 - Principles of Working with Young Children and ECE 53 - Introduction to Curriculum for the Young Child.


Interns serve as members of the CCCC&LS teaching team. They participate in many aspects of running a high quality early care and education classroom with the support of the Master Teacher and ECE faculty. This includes: responsibility for a primary care group of children; observation and assessment of children; portfolio development; building strong relationships with families including daily check-ins, conferences, home visits and more; environment and curriculum planning, development and implementation; staff meetings; family meetings and participation in the Intern course.

Most intern positions are for 6 hours per day and are paid an hourly wage. Interns also receive ECE credit while they are doing an Internship. Internships are available working with children between the ages of six months and five years of age. Applications for Internships are available in November and April.

Call 831-479-6352 for information.

Child Development Training Consortium

If you are working with children and families and taking classes at Cabrillo College, you may be eligible for a stipend that will pay for all or part of your tuition as an ECE major! Students must reapply for this stipend each semester. Students can collect the stipend even if they are on financial aid or are participating in another grant program. This stipend does not affect those awards.

The Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) is a program funded by the California Department of Education, Child Development Division (CDE/CDD) with Federal Block Grant Child Care and Development Quality Improvement Funds.

CDTC Stipend Eligibility

As an ECE Major you may qualify for a special stipend to help pay for all classes that lead to your ECE A.S. degree through the CDTC. Eligible students must be working in a licensed child care center, after school program, family child care home, kindergarten, or transitional kindergarten to receive the stipend. Stipends are based on how many units a student completes. All units that count toward a degree, certificate, or CA Child Development Permit are eligible, including ECE, ESL and General Ed classes.

The application is completed online in either Spanish or English. Paper applications are also available (please contact Michelle Chao at michao@cabrillo.edu for details.)

Cabrillo College Resources

  • Student Services: Assistance with finances, childcare, foster youth independence, as well as links for veterans' services and community resources.
  • WebAdvisor: Cabrillo College's online information system.
  • Counseling Services: Assistance with transferring to four-year universities and in planning for Cabrillo's occupational certificates and associate degrees, as well as providing other career services and personal counseling.
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships: Assistance with all financial needs.
  • The Hub: Learning Resource Center: Assistance with reading, math and writing, as well as tutoring in multiple areas.

Your ECE Faculty are available to meet with you to develop or update your academic plans leading to the ECE Certificate and to various levels of the California Child Development Permit. Call 831-479-6354 to set up an appointment. Or make an appointment with one of these counselors.

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