Early Childhood Education


Full-time Faculty

  • Elvia Rivero, Early Childhood Education
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  • Patricia Mendez, Early Childhood Education

Part-time Faculty

The Oxnard College Early Childhood Education program embraces the diversity of the community as it provides an excellent and unique educational experience for individuals who are seeking a career in educating young children. The Child Development Program at Oxnard College is committed to quality instruction that is based on ethical standards of behavior as well as emphasizing respect for the dignity, worth, character, code of conduct, and uniqueness of each college student, each faculty member, each child and each family.

The curriculum focuses on theoretical foundations as well as practical applications, providing students with a competent and eclectic perspective of their future professional, educational, and vocational endeavors.

Early Childhood Education students may complete the following objectives:

  • To attain a Child Development Proficiency Award.
  • To obtain a Child Director Proficiency Award.
  • To become a Mentor Teacher.
  • To transfer to an upper division program at a
    four-year institution.

To complete various levels of the California Early Childhood Education Matrix Permit including areas of specialization: Infant/Toddler, Special Needs, Bilingual/Bicultural, and Administration.

The Early Childhood Education program is in alignment with the U.C. system.  Our classes are transferable to any U.C. campus. 

The Early Childhood Education Program is comprised of a multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-lingual faculty and seeks to prepare a multi-cultural, multi-racial, and multi-lingual professional workforce.

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Student Observation and Teaching Sites:

The Early Childhood Education faculty works closely with the Oxnard College Child Development Center staff to promote cooperation. The Child Development Center, located on the college campus, provides a laboratory in which college students, as future early childhood educators, can learn and prepare to work with young children from toddlerhood to school age. In addition, the Early Childhood Education Program utilizes selected Mentor Teacher sites in the Community to further expand the learning opportunities and experiences for college students.

Placement of student teachers is based on professional goals and individual demands of students:

  • Oxnard College Child Development Center offers several options ranging from age of children served, times including morning and afternoon and days of the week (Monday-Friday).
  • Many other quality Early Childhood Education programs are used for observations or special projects.


  • The California Early Childhood Mentor Teacher Program has a program at Oxnard College. Experienced preschool teachers can apply to serve and receive stipends from the State Department of Education. Mentor Teachers must be holding a Master Teacher Permit and submit an application that will be reviewed and approved by the Selection Committee.
  • Many Child Development programs in the community are regulated by Community Care Licensing. They follow Title XXII requirements for staff working in child development centers. Title XXII requires that centers serving infants and toddlers must hire teachers who have at least 6 units of Infant/Toddler. Oxnard College provides the necessary units to meet this requirement.

Career Opportunities:

With many others working the need for child care has dramatically increased. This has resulted in an increased demand for a well-trained work force of early childhood educators. The students from Oxnard College find employment in a variety of program types including but not limited to:

  • Non-profit and Profit Child Development Centers.
  • Federally Funded or State Funded Children’s Programs
  • Family Child Care
  • Campus Child Care
  • Migrant Education Programs
  • Early Intervention Programs
  • Employer-sponsored Programs
  • Respite Care/Day-Care Provider
  • Foster Care

Student Support:

  • Financial support through the Child Development Training Consortium (tuition reimbursement and permit fees).
  • Financial support for students who are eligible for the CAREERS Project.
  • Financial support and first level of certification free through First 5 Project.
  • Textbooks are available at the Oxnard Library reference desk.

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