ROP Education Center
385 N. Muller Street, Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 502-5800


Careers with Children: Preschool Assistant 1

Play, learn, and grow!

Students prepare for employment as teacher assistants working with children from 33 months to 6 years old.  Students can obtain employment in educational programs, public or private preschools, and childcare centers.  Under the direction and supervision of a qualified, certificated lab teacher, students explore the role of the teacher assistant by obtaining knowledge and skills related to the teacher's role that includes developing professional communication skills, communication with the preschool child, and skills related to the role of the teacher which support and foster successful development for young children.  

This class is preparation for becoming a preschool teacher. Students do work-based learning in a preschool setting. This class articulates with local community colleges. Successful second-year students may be eligible for articulation with local community colleges; and those who complete 95 hours of classroom instruction, and 150 hours of field experience, with grades A or B may qualify to be hired as preschool teachers if they:

  • Possess a Careers With Children ROP Certificate of Achievement
  • Are currently enrolled for a minimum of six Early Childhood Education units at a community college (until 12 units are earned).
  • Are 18 years of age or older




  • Industry Sector: Education, Child Development, and Family Services
  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Prerequisite: TB Clearance, Statement of Good Health and Required Immunization Documentation Required; Child Development (recommended)
  • Class Hours: 180
  • Work-Based Learning Hours (WBL): Preschool Lab Required
  • Level: Concentrator
  • Articulation Agreement Details: Santa Ana College (2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018: Students must take Careers with Children 1 & Careers with Children 2)
    Westcliff University (2015-2019)
  • Meets UC/CSU A-G Requirement: G - General Elective (1 year required)
  • Certifications: See Careers with Children: Preschool Assistant 2
  • Class Location(s): Anaheim HS, Cypress HS, Katella HS, Loara HS, Los Alamitos HS
  • Notes:

    Refer to O*NET Online ( for a summary report of the detailed job description for this career.

    This course integrates the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Instruction reinforces core skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics. Course instruction emphasizes career ready behaviors in communication, ethics, interpersonal/team skills, critical thinking and problem solving, safety, technology, and employability skills.