Welcome to the Education & Human Development (EHD) Department at Cañada College. If you are interested in exploring a career in education, then you are in the right place!
The mission of the Department is to provide students with relevant coursework and engaging experiences working with children. With a focus on the “whole child,” students in the program will develop skills and teaching dispositions to support children’s development. There are a variety of certificates, Associate Degrees and Associate Degrees of Transfer to meet your educational or career advancement goals.
EHD has two distinct, but complementary, programs that provide a strong foundation based on a student’s age-specific interests:
- The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program - Are you interested in or currently working with children under the age of 5? The ECE program is focused on theory, research and applied content needed to work with both typically and atypically developing young children and their families in a variety of early care and education settings.
- The Youth and After School (YAS) Program - Are you interested in working with older children, age 5 and up? Maybe you are interested in becoming a credentialed teacher in a TK-12 setting? The YAS program focuses on providing students with a multidisciplinary background in youth and developmental theory. It supports professionals who work with older school aged children and youth in before and after school settings, as well as elementary school classrooms. With this foundation, students can go on to the necessary Bachelor’s Degree and Teacher Credential programs to become a classroom teacher.
We encourage you to explore the field of education with us! Tour this website to learn more about the Education & Human Development Department.
Melinda Day, MPH, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator