About the Early Intervention Program
Explore a rich and rewarding career that starts with Santa Monica College’s Early Childhood Intervention Training Program. Our experienced faculty will guide and support you as you learn to work with young children with disabilities and other special needs, or those who may be at risk for developmental delays and disabilities from 0-8 years of age.
Our specialized early childhood intervention program equips you with the knowledge, tools, and experience you need to support children from a culturally sensitive and family-focused perspective. We emphasize a strengths-based learning approach for individuals across all abilities and backgrounds.
Upon program completion, many students begin working with children ages 0-8 years as a special education assistant, classroom aide or 1:1 aide in public and private educational settings. With additional coursework at the university level, students go on to work in a variety of fields, including special education teaching, specialized therapies within early intervention (occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, etc.), or even start their own business as an early intervention consultant or advocate.