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Mission College offers an academic program for careers with children and a Child Development Center Lab that accommodates student training and provides childcare for faculty, staff, students, and the community.

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  • Look inside our Child Development Center with individualized classrooms, offices, and an outdoor play area.
  • Childcare is available for students.
  • Programs meet State Matrix Child Development and permit requirements.
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Child Development Department

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Choose the Best Early Childhood Education Program

Our degrees and certificates in Early Childhood Education are designed to help you land rewarding jobs that work with kids.

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Nutritional Science

Interested in making sure children eat properly? Check out our nutritional science classes to gain an advantage in the field.

Nutrition Science
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ESL for Childcare

Do you have trouble with the English language? Our ESL classes can help. Improve your proficiency in speaking and writing.

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Career Outlook

Skills Needed

  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Decision-making skills
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Organization skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Planning and instruction abilities
  • Ability to lead
  • Classroom management
  • Physical stamina

Select Jobs in the Field

  • Lead Teacher
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Program Director
  • Site Supervisor
  • Parent Educator
  • Social Worker
  • Child Psychologist
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Case Manager
  • Childcare Provider
  • Nanny or Au Pair