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Early Childhood Education


Folsom Lake College Early Childhood Education

The Folsom Lake College early childhood education curriculum (ECE) offers a hands-on approach to learning skills in working with young children from birth through the age of 12. Certificates and degrees have been designed to prepare students for employment at the various levels within privately funded child care centers and publicly funded child development programs.

The program meets the course requirements for teachers and directors of private child care programs licensed by the California State Department of Social Services (Title 22). In addition, the program meets the coursework requirements for the Child Development Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Note: Students planning to enroll in Work Experience or practicum classes (ECE 320, ECE 321, and ECE 498) must show evidence of TB clearance and record of immunizations before working with children. Some lab placements may require fingerprinting.

Career Options

  • Administrator/Director of ECE Programs
  • Art Therapist
  • Child/Family Life Specialist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Children’s Librarian
  • Doula
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Family Engagement Advocate
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Home Visitor
  • Infant-Toddler Educator
  • Instructor/Trainer
  • Mentor/Coach
  • Nanny
  • Parks & Recreation Counselor
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Public Policy Advocate
  • Researcher
  • Social Worker
  • Special Education Teacher

    Some career options may require more than two years of college study.