Academic Catalog

Early Childhood Education, AS-T

Program Description

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree prepares students for transfer to California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to CSUs for early childhood education majors and majors in related disciplines. The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific CSUs.

The Child Development Program deepens the student's understanding of children, their families and developmentally appropriate practices while preparing students for careers in early childhood education. In addition to ensuring preferential transfer status to CSUs for Early Childhood Education majors and majors in related disciplines, the program offers a strong foundation in child development that allows students to immediately take classroom and lab learning into the workplace to create quality developmentally appropriate learning environments.

Learn more about the program on the Child Development and Education website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the needs and characteristics of children from birth through middle childhood and the multiple influences on their development as related to the high-quality care and education of young children.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of ethical standards and professional behaviors that deepen knowledge and commitment to the field of early care and education as related to National Association for the Education of Young Children Code of Ethical Conduct.

Units Required

  • Major: 37

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)1 (49-58 units) (full certification is required)
  • Core courses (37 units, of which 8-12 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
CHLD 1CHILD GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT: PRENATAL THROUGH EARLY CHILDHOOD4
CHLD 2CHILD GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT II: MIDDLE CHILDHOOD THROUGH ADOLESCENCE4
CHLD 8CHILD, FAMILY & COMMUNITY4
CHLD 51AAFFIRMING DIVERSITY IN EDUCATION4
CHLD 56OBSERVATION & ASSESSMENT4
CHLD 56NPRINCIPLES & PRACTICES OF TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN4
CHLD 86BPRACTICUM STUDENT TEACHING IN AN EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM5
CHLD 89CURRICULUM FOR EARLY CARE & EDUCATION PROGRAMS4
CHLD 95HEALTH, SAFETY & NUTRITION IN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS4
Total Units37