Early Childhood Studies

Program Level: Degrees, Certificates
Department: Mexican American Studies, Early Childhood Studies, Sociology, Social Work & History (MESSH)
Institute: Public Service
College: SAC

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What is the Early Childhood Studies program?

Early Childhood Studies programs prepares students for early childhood, early care and education professions.

What will I learn?

Students will explore their understanding of:

  • promoting child development and learning from birth through age 8
  • building family and community relationships
  • observing, documenting, and assessing to support young children and families
  • using developmentally effective approaches with young children
  • using content knowledge to build meaningful early childhood curriculum
  • becoming a professional in the field of early childhood

In addition, students will have multiple opportunities to observe and practice in at least two of three early childhood age groups (birth - 3, 3-5, 5-8).

Students will learn to have excellence in all facets of the early childhood classroom, how to stay current in early childhood education research and be advocates for children at the home, in the employment, in the community and at the national level.

Update for Spring 2021 Child Care services:

Students enrolled in CTE programs can apply for the CCAMPIS grant to help pay for off-campus care at select accredited early childhood programs.

Please email questions to Norma Padilla at npadilla@alamo.edu.
Child Care Application Link Spring 2021

Spring 2021 Class Schedule

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What can I do with this course of study?

A variety of opportunities exist for those who choose such a career:

  • early childhood teacher
  • early care and education director
  • early care and education specialist
  • teacher assistant

Students are recognized and sought out by local industry and higher education programs.

What's special about this program?

The Early Childhood Studies Associate Degree Program at San Antonio College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from March 2016 through March 2023.

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The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out.

-Bill Gates

Contact Us


Terri Sinclair
Program Coordinator

Early Childhood Studies Bldg. (ECSB-218)


Beatrice Canales
Academic Unit Assistant


Early Childhood Studies Bldg. (ECSB-206)

Julie Engel
Interim Chairperson


Chance Academic Center Bldg. (CAC-303)