Welcome to the Education/Early Childhood Program

Attention Education/ECE Students: The Santa Monica College campus has announced new actions to help limit coronavirus (COVID-19). As local, national and global public health recommendations shift to include mitigation of transmission, the campus is proactively taking steps to help protect our community. Effective immediately, many campus operations are being suspended and/or modified.  We realize that these steps are extremely disruptive but we ask for your patience and flexibility during these uncertain times.


In complying with this directive, the Education/Early Childhood Department will be closed for walk-in services and for in-person counseling appointments until further notice. To schedule a phone counseling appoi​ntment or for all other questions, call (310) 434-8109 or email aragon_michelle@smc.edu.

Educate, Collaborate, Inspire, Transform

The Education/Early Childhood program prepares students for careers in early care and education, including transfer to a four-year college/university. Our program values and builds upon the diverse work experiences of our students, both aspiring early educators and other professionals working in the field.

In collaboration with our community partners, our program provides students with opportunities to construct their identity as an early-care and education professional, by developing knowledge and skills and connecting theory to practice. Through coursework, site observations, fieldwork, mentoring, tutoring and professional development, students build their capacity for reflective practice and global citizenship, in order to serve the unique needs of children, families, and communities.

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