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Early Childhood Education

Location: ROC

Program Description

Working with children is an opportunity to shape lives and ensure the future of our community.  ROC’s Early Childhood Education program prepares students for a career in a variety of fields working with children including preschool/day care, social work, and primary school experiences. 

This one year course focuses on child development concepts and early childhood education and career readiness skills.  During the second semester, students receive on-the-job training through internships at school sites in grades pre-school through first grade.

Early Childhood Education students learn:

  • Cognitive, social-emotional and physical growth characteristics for children
  • Classroom management techniques
  • Lesson plan development and teaching strategies
  • Resume, interview, and communication skills

Professional Certification opportunities

Certifications offered to students completing the Early Childhood Education program include:

  • CPR and First Aid certification
  • Teacher assistant certification which can be used to obtain a child development assistant permit
  • SISC Get Safety Trained online certification in:
    • Fire Extinguisher Safety
    • Food and Kitchen Safety
    • Playground Safety and Supervision
  • California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Mandated Reporter Training for Child Care Provider
  • California Department of Pesticide Regulations – Pest Management in the Schools and Child Care Settings  DPR-101


Early Childhood Education students should have average or better skills in reading and writing and a solid attendance record.

High School credit available

Students earn 15 units each semester toward their high school graduation (5 units of English, 10 units of elective credit). This course also satisfies the fine arts requirement for graduation.

College prep course. Meets area “G” approval for UC admissions.

Bakersfield College credit available

Early Childhood Education is a dual enrollment class with the following Bakersfield College courses:

  • CHDV B20 - Principles and Practices (3 units)
  • CHDV B36 - Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum (3 units) 

Students may simultaneously enroll with BC while taking this class at ROC in order to earn 6 units of BC credit in addition to the above high school credit.

Career Pathways and Related Occupations

This is a career awareness class which instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment.  Successful Early Childhood Education students often pursue careers in the following:

  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Family Childcare Provider
  • Teacher’s Aide
  • Children’s Nurse
  • Park and Recreation Aide
  • Child Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Family Service Advocate
  • Teacher