Career Options

  • Childcare Worker
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Administrator of a Childcare Center

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:

  • Care for children under five years old
  • Need strong personal skills including patience, good communication, and creativity
  • Interact regularly with children, parents, and coworkers
  • Work early morning, day, or early evening hours
  • Have an associate or bachelor’s degree
  • Need to know CPR

Available Certificates and Degrees

Certificate of Achievement, Early Childhood Education – 42.5 credits

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

Associate Degree to Transfer (AS-T) – 60 credits

  • 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.
  • Accessible: Class meeting times and locations are convenient to the working student’s schedule.
  • 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.


The Early Childhood Education Program is designed to prepare students to become teachers or directors in children’s centers, nursery and preschools, pre-kindergartens, infant-toddler programs, employer-supported children’s centers, extended day-care or family day-care programs.


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    • (415) 485-9432

Early Childhood Education Dept.

(415) 457-8811 x7468

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.

Are there any pre-requisites?

No, there are no requirements or prerequisites.