Start Your Journey to a Career as a Daycare Teacher or a Preschool Teacher! 

NOCE’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate Program provides the beginning steps to prepare for your new career. If you enjoy being around children and helping little kids learn and grow, enroll today! 

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The Early Childhood Education Certificate program from North Orange Continuing Education includes hands-on training focusing on childcare and learning how to better prepare children in their early years. Complete the program to earn a certificate and begin your childcare career. 

Early childhood educators play an important role in a child’s growth. They guide children through activities developed to improve social, physical, and mental wellbeing skills. What children learn and experience during their early years can shape who they grow up to be in this world. You’ll get the training to become a teacher or caregiver in a private licensed preschool center or home-based daycare center.

Program Information

  • Program Eligibility
    • Students must be 18 years or older 
    • Complete an NOCE Admissions Application   
    • Complete online general orientation at least 24 hours before registering
    • Recommended – Have basic English reading, writing, and speaking skills, and/or be at an ESL intermediate low level  
  • Skills You’ll Need to be Successful
    • English language – reading, writing, and speaking skills usually at or above an ESL (English as a Second Language) level of intermediate low 
    • Speaking – Talking to others 
    • Instructing – Teaching others how to do something 
    • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions 
  • Skills You’ll Learn
    • Describe and understand the developmental stages of children 
    • Describe family structures, and their relationship to the care and development of children 
    • Being able to find dangers and issues in a childcare facility 
    • Create lesson plans and activities that are appropriate for children 
    • Understand the importance of nutrition and how it affects children 
    • Positive communication skills 
    • Being able to self assess as a part of the teaching process 
  • Program Guide and Resources

Get Started!

NOCE’s programs can put you on the path for exciting new career opportunities and more earning potential.  Get started today!


  • School-Aged Teacher
  • Early Childhood Specialist
  • Infant/Toddler Caregiver
  • Childcare Director

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • What do I receive when finished and how long does it take?

    Students who complete the Early Childhood Education program receive a certificate. The program can be completed in as little as 8 months.

  • How much does it cost?

    The Early Childhood Education courses are tuition-free. However, students are responsible for covering the cost of textbooks, software, course supplies, and a parking pass. 

  • What are the jobs and how much do they pay in California?

    Career opportunities include positions such as teacher, caregiver, and assistant teacher. 

    • Number of jobs in 2018: 164,342 
    • 2018-28 projected job growth: 13% (much faster than average) 
    • Entry-level pay in 2018: $21,920/annually, $10.54/hour 
    • Median pay in 2018: $31,550/annually, $15.517/hour 

    Note: Salary and employment outlook is for Orange County, CA, and will vary depending on skill, experience, employer, and geographic location.   

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I am a disability support services student, but I also had goals to work in childcare. I was accepted into the College to Career Program and worked hard to earn an Early Childhood Education Certificate at NOCE. I was able to balance both of my DSS and Early Childhood Education Program classes with the help of the staff, my teachers, and counselors. I am happy that I was able to find a job in a childcare facility after I completed my ECE certificate! Caroline Llaban
CTE & DSS Program Graduate – Early Childhood Education Certificate