Build Your Future With An Early Childhood Education Certificate
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate Program is designed to train individuals to work as a Childcare Assistant Teacher or Childcare Teacher in licensed, private, infant/toddler/preschool/child daycare centers. The ECE curriculum is approved by the State Department of Community Care Licensing and is a noncredit program based upon instructional hours rather than college units. The required and elective ECE courses are equivalent to two or three units of ECE in compliance with state licensing requirements for private facilities only.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Describe the physical, cognitive, linguistic, and social/emotional developmental stages of children from prenatal to middle childhood
- Describe family functions, structures, and their relationship to the care and the development of children
- Identify major hazards and issues in a childcare facility
- Prepare lesson plans and activities that are developmentally appropriate for all children, including those with diverse needs
- Understand the importance of nutrition and how it affects the different needs of children
- Communicate positively and develop reciprocal relationships with parents
- Use observation, assessment, and evaluation as part of the curriculum development process
Additional Eligibility Requirements Include:
- Must be 18 years or older to enroll
- Must complete an NOCE Admissions Application
- Must complete an online Orientation at least 24 hours prior to registering
- Should have basic English reading, writing, and speaking skills and/or be at an ESL level of intermediate low (recommended)
For more information about the certificate program, view the ECE Program Guide
Frequently Asked Questions
Upon completion of this program, students will be awarded a certificate.
All NOCE Early Childhood Education Certificate Courses are tuition-free. However, students are responsible for covering the cost of textbooks, course supplies, and a parking pass.
The ECE Program can be completed in as little as eight months.
Average salary per year in this field ranges from $21,920 to $31,550 per year.
This certificate program meets state licensing requirements for private facilities under the State Department of Community Care Licensing Title 22. Students are not eligible to work in Title 5, public facilities.
Career opportunities upon completion of this certificate include:
- Assistant Teacher
|Number of Jobs in 2018||164,342|
|2018-28 Job Growth||13 % (Much Faster Than Average)|
|Entry-Level Pay in 2018||$21,920/ Annual, $10.54/ Hour|
|Median Pay in 2018||$31,550/ Annual, $15.17/ Hour|
Salary and employment outlook is for Orange County, CA and will vary depending on the skill, experience, employer, and geographic location.
Degrees & Certificates
Early Childhood Education Program Certificate
Students who enjoy being around children, planning daily activities and experiences that develop intellectual and motor skills, building relationships, and introducing children to the world around them should consider the Early Childhood Education Program at North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) as the first step to a career in the education and childcare industry.
Early childhood educators play a vital role in the development of the children in their care. They instruct children through activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth. What children learn and experience during their early years can shape their views of themselves and the world, while having a profound effect on later successes in school, work, and their personal lives.
Students in this field should have good communication skills and have basic English reading, writing, and speaking skills. ESL students should be at an ESL level of at least intermediate low.
People in this career often have these skills:
- Speaking – Talking to others
- Instructing – Teaching others how to do something
- Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
People in this career need skills such as:
- Concern for Others
There are many benefits to completing the ECE program. This program exceeds the state training requirements for teachers and caregivers in licensed, proprietary daycare centers. Additionally, students can increase their marketability by completing enhancement courses, such as Infant-Toddler Care.
Early Childhood Educators have careers that often grow into the following positions:
- Childcare Director
- Early Childhood Specialist
- Infant/Toddler Caregiver
- School-Aged Teacher