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The ECE/CD program is the right place for people who are planning a career or currently working with children birth to approximately 8 years of age, in early care and education settings outside of a formal elementary grade school setting. A degree in Early Childhood Education is an excellent start on a path to a fulfilling career.

Students plan to be preschool teachers and early childhood specialists, other students plan to work in the field of early education while they continue their education in preparation for careers in the fields of elementary and special education, child psychology, counseling, criminal justice, family support, and a variety of other child focused vocations.

I invite you to explore this site and learn more about Early Childhood Education at Cañada College.

Patty Hall, EdD
ECE/CD Program Coordinator

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Program Learning Outcomes:

Students completing this program will be able to:

  • Communicate their understanding of Early Childhood Education/Child Development concepts professionally through written, oral and visual presentations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of early childhood education theories and trends and of the needs of young children by developing and maintaining healthy, safe, respectful, challenging and culturally responsive learning environments.
  • View themselves as an early childhood education professional and, through the practice of reflection, critically assess their own teaching experiences to continuously guide and inform their practice.


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