EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

(Associate in Science for Transfer Degree)

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related major at a CSU campus. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system with junior status, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept this degree will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop and refine both non-verbal and verbal communication skills to enhance professionalism when working with children, families, and co-workers in the child care field.
  • Evaluate and analyze the use of different developmental theories and instructional strategies that encourage development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills when working with children and families.
  • Students will learn and practice professional ethics, personal and social responsibility, and effective team membership in their work as child care professionals.

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree requirements (as stated in SB1440 law) requires students to complete the following:

  • A minimum of 18 semester in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • 60 semester CSU transferable units
  • California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern of 39 units; or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern of 37 units.
  • Obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • Earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Required Courses for Major Units

ECE 1A Principals & Practices of Teaching Young Children 3

ECE 1B Introduction to Curriculum 3

ECE 3 Child Growth and Development 3

ECE 10 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3

ECE 11 Observation and Assessment 3

ECE 27 Teaching in a Diverse Society

ECE 31 Child, Family, Community 3

ECE 45 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3

Total major units required 24

Total units that can be double counted 6

CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 37-39

Additional transferable elective units (if needed) 3-5

Total units required 60

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

(Associate in Science) Effective Fall 2020 only

Required Courses for Major Units

First Semester

ECE 1A Prin. & Practices of Teaching Young Child 3

ECE 3 Child Growth and Development 3

ECE 11 Observation and Assessment 3

Second Semester

ECE 1B Introduction to Curriculum 3

ECE 31 Child, Family, Community 3

ECE 46 Practicum Field Experience – Preschool 3

Third & Fourth Semesters

Additional ECE Electives 6

Total units required for degree major 24

Additional Recommended Courses:

ECE 2A Administration of Children’s Centers 3

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

(Associate in Science) – Effective Spring 2021

The degree prepares students for a variety of careers in early Childhood Care and Education.  The degree includes General Education courses, which are required for most California Child Development Permits, and can lead to higher wages and more opportunities for career advancement.  Positions are available nationwide in preschools, child care facilities, private homes, recreation programs, child development centers on K-12 schools sites, and human services agencies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop and refine both non-verbal and verbal communication skills to enhance professionalism when working with children, families, and co-workers in the child care field.
  • Evaluate and analyze the use of different developmental theories and instructional strategies that encourage development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills when working with children and families.
  • Students will learn and practice professional ethics, personal and social responsibility, and effective team membership in their work at child care professionals.

Required Courses for Major Units

(18 Courses Required)

ECE 1A Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children 3

ECE 1B Introduction to Curriculum 3

ECE 3 Child Growth and Development 3

ECE 11 Observation and Assessment 3

ECE 31 Child, Family, Community 3

ECE 45 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3

Electives:  (Choose 6 Units) Units

ECE 4 Positive Social Development in Young Children 3

ECE 7 Creative Materials 3

ECE 8 Worldwide Arts for Children 3

ECE 10 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3

ECE 27 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3

ECE 37 Adult Supervision 2

ECE 39 Children’s Literature 3

Specialization: Choose 6 units in the same specialization:

Site Supervisor Specialization

ECE 2A Admin I: Programs in Early Childhood Education 3

ECE 2B Admin II: Personnel and Leadership in ECE 3

Infant and Toddler Specialization

ECE 42 Infant/Toddler Development 3

ECE 43 Care and Education for Infants and Toddlers 3

School Age Children Specialization

ECE 14 The School Age Child 3

ECE 25 Group Experiences in Outdoor Environment 3

Special Needs Specialization

ECE 17 Introduction to Children with Special Needs 3

ECE 18 Curriculum and Strategies for Children with

Special Needs 3

Total units required for degree 60

The California Child Development Site Supervisor Permit (required for jobs at state- and federally-funded programs) also requires 350 days of experience at 3+ hours per day within 4 years, including at least 100 days of supervising adults.

The California Child Development Master Teacher Permit (required for jobs at state- and federally-funded programs) also requires 350 days of experience at 3+ hours per day within 4 years.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE TEACHER

(Certificate of Achievement)

This certificate prepares students to work as Associate Teachers in Early Childhood Care and Education programs.

Students with this certificate may be able to get jobs as teachers at private organizations; state- and federally funded centers require a state Child Development Permit, which has additional requirements (see Program Requirements).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop fundamental knowledge of early childhood care and education.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with professional ethics, personal and social responsibility, and effective team membership in their work as child care profession.

Required Courses Units

(12 Required)

ECE 1A Principles and Practices of

Teaching Young Children 3

ECE 1B Introduction to Curriculum 3

ECE 3 Child Growth and Development 3

ECE 31 Child, Family, Community 3

Total units required 12

The California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit also requires 50 days of experience at 3+ hours per day within 2 years.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT TEACHER

(Certificate of Achievement)

This certificate builds on the Associate Teacher Certificate of Achievement, requiring additional courses that prepare students to work as teachers in Early Childhood Care and Educational programs.

Students with this certificate may be able to get jobs as teachers at private organizations; state- and federally-funded centers require a state Child Development Permit, which has additional requirements (see Program Requirements).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop and refine both non-verbal and verbal communication skills to enhance professionalism when working with children, families, and co-workers in the child care field.
  • Evaluate and analyze the use of different developmental theories and instructional strategies that encourage development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills when working with children and families.
  • Students will learn and practice professional ethics, personal and social responsibility, and effective team membership in their work as child care professionals.

Required Courses Units

ECE 1A Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3

ECE 1B Introduction to Curriculum 3

ECE 3 Child Growth and Development 3

ECE 11 Observation and Assessment * 3

ECE 31 Child, Family, Community 3

ECE 45 Practicum in Early Childhood Education * 3

Electives: Choose 6 units 6 Units Required

ECE 4 Positive Social Development in Young Child 3

ECE 7 Creative Materials 3

ECE 8 Worldwide Arts for Children 3

ECE 10 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3

ECE 17 Introduction to Children with Special Needs 3

ECE 27 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3

ECE 39 Children’s Literature 3

ECE 42 Infant/Toddler Development 3

Total units: required 24

The California Child Development Teacher Permit (required for jobs at state- and federally-funded programs),requires an additional 16 units of General Education (one course in each of four categories: English/Language Arts; Math or Science; Social Science; Humanities/Fine Arts).

Students should see a counselor for help selecting General Education courses.

The California Child Development Teacher Permit also requires 175 days of experience at 3+ hours per day within 4 years.

PLUS GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES. 16 diversified units with at least one course in each of the following General Education (graduation requirement) areas: Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics or Natural Science, and English 1A

EXPERIENCE. In addition to specified courses, 175 days (3 or more hours per day) of experience. Renewals are issued for five-years with verification of 105 hours of professional development.

*ECE 1C, 7, 10, 11, 46 are required for certificate only. The Child Development Teacher Permit can be obtained with ANY 12 ECE elective units after completion of ECE 3, 31, 1A, 1B.

INFANT AND TODDLER

(Certificate of Achievement)

Required Courses Units

ECE 1A Principles & Practices of Teaching

Young Children 3

ECE 1B Introduction to Curriculum 3

ECE 3 Child Growth and Development 3

ECE 10 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3

ECE 11 Observation and Assessment 3

ECE 31 Child, Family, Community 3

ECE 33 Infants and Toddlers 3

ECE 46 Practicum Field Experience – Preschool 3

Total units required 24

Additional Recommended Courses:

ECE 17 the Exceptional Child 3

ECE 23 Cultural Diversity in ECE Classrooms 0.5

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

(Certificate of Achievement)

Required Courses Units

ECE 1A Preschool Teaching Practices (Programs) 3

ECE 1B Introduction to Curriculum 3

ECE 3 Child Growth and Development 3

ECE 7A Creative Materials 3

ECE 11 Observation and Assessment 3

ECE 14 The School Age Child 3

ECE 31 Child, Family, Community 3

ECE 46 Practicum Field Experience – Preschool 3

Total units required 24

Additional ECE Electives Recommended:

ECE 1C Positive Social Develop. in Young Children 3

ECE 25 Group Experience in Outdoor Environment 3

ECE 5 Physical Activities for Young Children 3