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College of Marin Career Education | Early Childhood Education Program

Career Options

  • Teacher
  • Head Teacher
  • Director

Career Profile

While many Early Childhood Educators work as teachers within the classroom, some work in upper-level administrative positions. The demand for Early Childhood Educators is high and will continue to increase over the next five years and beyond. get to choose which work environment best suits their wants and needs, making it an attractive career for many teachers.

Early Childhood Educators:

  • Must be credentialed
  • May teach children with special needs
  • Interact regularly with children, parents, and coworkers

Plan your Education

View the classes you need to take to complete your certificate or degree in Early Childhood Education at College of Marin.
Early childhood educator instructing a child

Available Certificates and Degrees

Certificate of Achievement, Early Childhood Education – 42.5 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 4 semesters.
  • Estimated Cost: $2,171 in tuition and fees; $1,100 in Books & Supplies.

Skills Certificate, Early Childhood Education – 12 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 1 semester.

Associate Degree or Associate Degree to Transfer (AS-T) – 60 units

  • Time to Complete: an be done in 4 semesters (two years for full-time students).
  • Transferable to the California State University.

Why College of Marin

  • High-Quality Instruction: Our instructors are highly experienced industry professionals recognized as experts in their respective fields who understand their industry’s needs and trends.
  • Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents. Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify.
  • Accredited: College of Marin’s Early Childhood Education classes are fully accredited and accepted as meeting requirements set by Community Care Licensing for child care programs and Commission on Teacher Credentialing for Child Development Permits.
  • Industry Expertise: All faculty are experienced early educators. They have a passion for helping other adults develop their knowledge and skills to provide high quality education to our youngest children.
  • Core Courses Taught in Spanish: The four Early Childhood Education core courses (ECE101, ECE112, ECE114, and ECE115) are taught in Spanish as well as English.
  • Small Class Size: Most classes have 10-22 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth.



Questions? Contact Counseling:

  • (415) 485-9432
  • (415) 485-9430

Early Childhood Education Dept.

  • Corinna Calica, Director of Child Development and ECE, (415) 457-8811 x7132
  • Peggy Dodge, ECE Coordinator (415) 457-8811 x7468
  • Shaquam Edwards, ECE Professor (415) 485-9613

Gainful Employment
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take to earn the certificate?

You can take all the classes in 4 semesters to earn a Certificate of Achievement.

A Skills Certificate can be completed within as little as 1 semester.


Are there any pre-requisites?
No, there are no requirements or prerequisites.


Which classes are available in Spanish?

You can complete the Core Skills Certificate in Early Childhood Education by taking the following courses in Spanish:

  • ECE 101 – Licensing and Permits: Introduction to Childcare Programs (3 units)
  • ECE 112 – Child, Family and Community
  • ECE 114 – Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children
  • ECE 115 – Introduction to Early Childhood Curriculum

Students taking ECE classes in Spanish must be also enrolled in appropriate level English as a Second Language (ESL) classes during the semester that they take the class in Spanish. Contact the College Skills Department at 415.485.9642 for information on
placement and registration for ESL classes.