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Welcome to the Education & Human Development (EHD) Department at Cañada College.  If you are a “people person” and you are interested in exploring a career in education, social work or youth and family support 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, families and the community.

Education Pathways:

EHD has three distinct, but complementary, education pathways that provide a strong foundation based on a student’s age-specific interests. 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.

  • 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. As you earn your certificate and degree you will become eligible to apply for a Child Development Permit issued by the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • The Youth and After School (YAS) Program - Are you interested in working with older children, age 5 and up? Maybe you are interested in working for an after school program, as a para-educator in an elementary school, or in a community-based youth program. 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.

  • The Elementary Education Program - If you are interested in becoming an elementary school teacher you are in the right place. The Associate in Arts Degree in Elementary Education acknowledges that the student has established a foundation of interdisciplinary knowledge to prepare them for the field of Education. It is intended for students who plan to complete a baccalaureate degree in a similar major at a CSU campus and move on to an Elementary Credential Program.

Social Work & Human Services Pathway:

  • The Social Work & Human Services Program at Cañada College was developed in cooperation with State and County Departments of Mental Health, Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Human Services. The Program is designed to train personnel to provide value-based services for families in need of social, health, and economic assistance. State and county agencies, nonprofit and private providers of services, social workers, psychologists, and medical personnel work in this field. We offer an AA-T Degree in Social Work and Human Services. With this foundation, students can go on to jobs in public and private social service agencies and will be prepared to go on to Bachelor’s Degrees and advanced degrees in Social Work and clinical practice.


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