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Educator Preparation Institute

Start making a difference in children's lives.

The Educator Preparation Institute (EPIcenter) is a resource center for Early Childhood Education and Education (ECE/EDU) students and faculty, as well as a place for students to collaborate and study together. The EPICenter provides a variety of educational resources, computers, and other support materials to ECE/EDU students and faculty. .

Have a question about ECE/EDU courses, certificates and degrees? Come visit the EPICenter and speak with the ECE/EDU Program Services Coordinator or one of our EPICenter assistants!

Hours and Contact Info

Mon/Wed: 12:10pm - 4:00pm
Tues/Thurs: 8:30 - 11:00am; 12:30 - 5:00pm

Call Us: 650-738-4304

Building 8, Room 8317

The Early Childhood Education Program at Skyline College

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at Skyline College offers courses designed for students interested in working with children from birth through age 8, in a pre-school, family childcare, or after-school setting. Students can earn certificates in ECE or an Associate’s Degree for Transfer in Early Childhood Education.  The program also partners with the Child Development Laboratory Center on campus to offer students hands-on experiences observing and engaging with young children.

Learn more about our Early Childhood Education Career Advancement Academy, a one semester program towards a Career Certificate!

The Education Program at Skyline College

Students interested in pursuing a career in Elementary Education or Special Education can begin their academic preparation by completing an Early Childhood Special Education Certificate or School-Age Certificate, or the Associate Degree for Transfer in Elementary Education. The EPICenter continues to expand its support and resources for future teachers in all grades (K12 and Special Education) by partnering with interdisciplinary Skyline College faculty, university professionals, and community programs and agencies. The EPICenter at Skyline College seeks to establish and promote a teacher preparation culture on campus and to support future teachers.

Career Outlook

Students pursuing a degree or certificate in child development or education are able to choose from a variety of occupations that start at entry level while continuing to grow in both experience and education.  Our program is modeled to work cohesively with the California Teacher Credential Child Developments Permit allowing students to enter classrooms with as few as 6 units in Child Development as an Assistant Teacher and progressing towards Program Director (See TAB Child Development Permits). 

Additionally students enrolled in our certificate programs will be required to have 96 hours of hands on supervised field experience in their area of choice.  This experience can be the start of a career in infant-toddler, pre-school teaching, school age (after school care) or administration, special education, or elementary education.  Many students use these certificate as a step towards advanced degrees in fields such as social work, child psychiatry, or advocacy.

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