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Early Childhood Education Department

​​​​​​​​​​​About the Early Childhood Education Department 
Coursework in the Early Childhood Education Department emphasizes the theoretical and practical knowledge needed for working with culturally diverse children birth through age eight. We offer a variety of certificate options depending on the age group you want to work with. The various certificates provide developmentally based courses designed to teach students how to provide competent care and interactions for children.
Employment Outlook
Recent social and economic trends have increased the need for trained, competent day care educators and personnel. Early childhood educators are in demand more than ever. Job opportunities are available as classroom teachers, child development specialists, early primary classroom aides, infant and toddler caregivers, early intervention assistants, and children’s center directors or administrators. Ample opportunities exist in a variety of public and private community based programs, and salaries are increasing.

Admissions & Registration
An application for admission into Orange Coast College is required for all students. Application forms may be accessed through the OCC web site, picked up in person at the OCC Admissions Office, or by requesting it by mail at this address:

Orange Coast College
Office of Admissions & Records
2701 Fairview Road, P.O. Box 5005
Costa Mesa, Ca. 92628-5005