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.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Science Degree Icon Associate in Science More information on the Associate in Science Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Certificate of Achievement More information on the Certificate of Achievement

Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Associate in Science Degree - Early Intervention Assistant Associate in Science Degree Icon

33 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Early Intervention Assistant Certificate of Achievement Icon

33 units

The Early Intervention Assistant program will prepare students for career placements in public and/or private early intervention and educational settings that serve typically and atypically developing young children. Specific jobs and responsibilities may include serving as an early childhood educator with a specialization in working with children with exceptionalities, special education assistant for children birth to eight years of age, a one-to-one aide for a child (e.g., “inclusion facilitator”), classroom aide with expertise in special needs, or as an assistant on the early intervention team serving infant

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Potential Career Options

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Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Special Education Teachers, Preschool N/A $34,627
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School Bachelor's Degree $85,710
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education Some College $31,515