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Education/ Early Childhood

Teacher Academy at Santa Monica College

​​​​​​Our Mission Statement

In collaboration with our community partners, our program provides students with opportunities to construct their identity as a teacher, 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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Educate, Collaborate, Ins​​pir​e, Transform

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Career Options

Child Development Assistant
Family Child Care Provider
Parent Educator
Youth Worker, Children and Family Services
Infant-Toddler Teacher
Early Childhood Education Teacher( Private)
Child Development Program Director (Private)
After School Instructor
Recreation Leader
Family Services Specialist​
Applied Education Behavioral Technician

Associate Degree Required:

Instructional Assistance
Child Development Assistant (Public)
Early Intervention Assistant
Child Development Director (Private)
Early Childhood Teacher (Private)
Home Visitor / Home Based Teacher
After School Program Leader
Parent Services Specialist
Family Development Educator(Early Head Start)

Baccalaureate Degree Required:

Child Life Specialist
Behavior Specialist (ABA)
Early Learning Mentor Coach
Lead Teacher (Public)
Child Care Resource and Referral Staff
Center based Site Supervisor (Public)
Child Development Program Director (Public)
Nutrition Specialist
Family Service Worker

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