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Education, Children & Family Services

Remember your favorite teacher? Remember how that teacher influenced your life? With a large number of employees predicted to retire from education, child development, and family
services in the next decade, a wealth of career opportunities will be available. You might be able to affect others as your favorite teacher affected you. If you enjoy teaching children from
preschool to high school, or you want to be a college professor, this sector is for you. Jobs are available for all levels of education. Training combines classroom instruction with hands-on community work experience.

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Degrees & Certificates at ARC

Early Childhood Education

This program covers all aspects of child development and gives you the opportunity to get right in the classroom working with children. You can choose to work in areas such as child care or work toward getting your teaching credential. 


  • Associate Teacher 
  • Culture and Diversity Specialist 
  • Infant Specialist
  • Management Specialist
  • Master Teacher 
  • School Age 
  • Site Supervisor
  • Teacher


  • A.A. Early Childhood Education 

Learn more about Early Childhood Education


Gerontology covers a variety of services for the elderly including health care, recreation, business and social services, environmental design, and social advocacy. Enjoy the satisfaction of facilitating the highest quality of life possible for the senior segment of our population. 

Degrees & Certificates 

A.A. Gerontology concentrations: 

  • Business 
  • Case Management/Social Services 
  • Environmental Design 
  • Health Care 
  • Recreation 
  • Social Policy/Advocacy

Learn more about Gerontology

Human Services

This program has two areas to choose from: you can learn about the social services field on a broad level, or you can focus on chemical dependency studies. Both areas will provide you with a knowledge of working with client screenings, assessments, counseling, consultation, client’s rights, confidentiality, crisis intervention, and reports and record keeping. 


  • Human Services 
  • Chemical Dependency Studies 


  • A.A. Human Services 
  • A.A. Chemical Dependency Studies 

Learn more about Human Services

Healthcare Interpreter

This program will take your existing American Sign Language abilities to the next level by providing an integrated approach to ASL/English interpretation. While applying various linguistic and interpretation theories, you will develop practical skills in communicating with colleagues, consumers and employers in an interpreting context. You’ll also focus on putting theory into action in areas such as human relations, language and interpreting skills, and professionalism.


  • Interpreter Preparation Program 


  • A.A. Interpreter Preparation Program 

Learn more about Interpreter Preparation

Start your application

Whether your educational goal is to earn an Associate degree or certificate, transition into a new career, or transfer to a 4-year institution, American River College is dedicated to helping you reach that goal.

Application Process

American River College

American River College is a public community college that primarily serves residents of the six-county Greater Sacramento region. The college offers traditional classroom instruction, off-campus centers, and distance education online. Visit the ARC website

(916) 484-8011