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Education & Human Development
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
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
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