Program Overview

The Early Childhood Education/Child Development program is designed to meet the needs of people planning a career working with young children and/or those who are already employed. Certificates are aligned with the Child Development Permit Matrix. Caring for children from birth through school-age, in professional settings outside of the home are the primary focus. Current research and practical applications highlight the variety of career choices that students completing certificates and degrees can pursue. Children's growth, developmentally appropriate practice, cultural diversity, observational skills, family support and professional development within the ECE field are major components of the program. In order to meet the diverse needs of ECE students, courses are offered mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends; we encourage students to develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) so that they can complete specific program requirements including certificates, degrees, and transfer.

Early Childhood Education/Child Development (AS-T) Requirements

AS-T Degree Requirements Major: Core and Selective Requirements
Complete Core Courses, 24 units Units
ECE. 201 Child Development 3 units
ECE. 210 Early Childhood Education Principles 3 units
ECE. 211 Early Childhood Education Curriculum 3 units
ECE. 212 Child, Family, and Community 3 units
ECE. 254 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3 units
ECE. 313 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 units
ECE. 333 Observation and Assessment of Young Children 3 units
ECE. 366 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3 units
Total Required Major Units: 24
General Education - certified completion of one of the following:
  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth),
  • OR
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC/CSU) pattern
Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.