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Welcome to Opportunities in Child Development & Education

Saddleback College’s Child Development and Education Studies program is proud to provide the foundation for a diverse variety of career pathways in childhood education. 

Graduates also attain the knowledge and skills they need to advance toward a bachelor’s degree in virtually any education-related discipline, while earning fully transferable, money-saving credits.

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Potential Salaries

$26,360 - $124,410

Per Year

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Preschool Teacher  

Child, Family & School Social Worker

Special Education Teacher

Education Administrator

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KinderCare Education

Tutor Time Learning Center

JCC of Orange County

Many More!

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Yes! Make a difference… and a great living. Here are a few of the many careers and their average salaries.

Preschool Teacher - $34,600

Child, Family & School Social Worker - $55,460

Special Education Teacher, Preschool - $43,270

Childcare Worker - $26,360

Education Administrator, Preschool & Childcare - $50,250

Education Administrator, Elementary & Secondary (w/ further education) - $124,410

Saddleback College offers three associate degrees, five certificates of achievement, and one occupational skills award, in addition to a fast-tracked processing program for California Child Development Permits.

For more information about these programs, you can also visit the main Saddleback website’s Child Development & Education page.

  • Early Childhood Education (Associate in Science for Transfer)
  • Elementary Teacher Education (Associate in Arts for Transfer)
  • Early Childhood Teacher (Associate in Science)
  • Early Childhood Teacher (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Infant Toddler Teacher (Certificate of Achievement)
  • School Age Care and Recreation (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Site Supervisor (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Master Teacher (Certificate of Achievement)
  • General Education CSU-GE (Certificate of Achievement)
  • General Education IGETC (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Associate Teacher (Occupational Skills Award)
  • Child Development Permit

KinderCare Education * EasterSeals Southern California * JCC of Orange County * Bright Horizons Family Solutions * Tutor Time Learning Center * Behavioral Health Works, Inc. * Foundation for Early Childhood Education * YMCA of Orange County * And Many More! *

The Child Development & Education Department (BGS 314) can be contacted at (949) 582-4773.

Barbara Tamialis, Department Chair - Child Development - (949) 582-4561

June Millovich, Ph.D, Faculty - (949) 582-4576

Christina Smith, Department Chair - Education - (949) 582-4208

Brenda Plascencia-Carrizosa, Faculty - (949) 582-4754

Saddleback College is proud to be Orange County’s premier provider of low-cost career education. See the 2019 Cost of Education Statement for the most recent information on cost of attendance.

For financial aid, visit the Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office online, for details on financial assistance sources, including grants, loans, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and more!

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