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El Camino’s accounting degree and certificate programs prepare you for entry-level work in accounting immediately after graduation. You can also choose to continue your education at another college or university. They’re accessible, affordable paths to a rewarding career.

Approximate cost for an El Camino College AS degree in accounting
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $27,000 to $129,000 with an average salary of $55,000
Career opportunities for this program are expected to grow 4.7% nationwide from 2016 to 2026

Our Accounting Associate of Science (AS) degree typically takes two years, and the certificate program can be completed in less than a year. Accounting education at El Camino will challenge you to be your best. We’ll be here to help.

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Choose a Degree Designed for an Accounting Career or Transfer

Certificates/Degrees Description: Many El Camino accounting students want to start their careers as soon as possible after graduation. Others wish to continue their education at a four-year college or university. We offer options perfect for either goal.


Prepare for entry-level work in accounting immediately after graduation or transfer to a four-year college or university.

  • Learn important theories, principles, and practices of the accounting cycle for unincorporated and corporate forms of business, financial, and managerial accounting.
  • Practice cost accounting and cost procedures used in business and industry.
  • Apply income tax regulations to individual and business income tax preparations and planning.
  • Meet most common transfer requirements.
  • Start your journey toward a bachelor’s degree and even graduate study.
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Prepare for a career in public accounting or managerial accounting. Upon successful completion of the program, students will meet the California Board of Accountancy’s 24-unit educational requirement for “Accounting Subjects” and possess skills needed for various entry-level accounting positions.


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Interested in entering the tax preparation profession?  Upon completion of the program, students will have the basic skills for entry-level tax preparation positions working with certified publish accountants (CPA’s), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) enrolled agents (EA’s) or California Tax Education Council (CTEC) registered tax preparers.  Students will have the knowledge to pursue certifications with the Internal Revenue Service or CTEC.


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The Accounting Clerical Certificate program is designed to provide students with basic accounting knowledge and computer skills necessary to obtain entry-level accounting clerical and support positions in small and medium sized businesses.


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Pursue an Entry-Level Accounting Job or Further Education

Opportunities/Outcomes Description: As an El Camino accounting graduate, you’ll be ready to start work immediately or pursue a bachelor’s degree at another school. We’ll help you build the knowledge and skills for any path you choose.

  • Prepare for work in positions such as an accountant, auditor, bookkeeper, accounting clerk, payroll/timekeeping clerk, and tax preparer.
  • Take classes such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, and income tax accounting – all designed to prepare you to succeed in your career.
  • Learn strategies for working in a variety of positions and office locations, from public agencies to private industry.
  • Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $27,000 to $129,000 with an average salary of $55,000.

Build Your Network Beyond the Classroom

As an El Camino accounting student, you become part of a professional community. The knowledge and connections you develop here will prove valuable throughout your career.

  • Join the ECC Business Society, a student club committed to community involvement and social networking.
  • Sharpen your critical skills for professional advancement while learning to solve a variety of financial and managerial accounting problems.
  • Learn from our experienced instructors who have a background in a variety of accounting fields.
  • Take advantage of an internship.

Questions? Contact Us

Accounting Department