Early Childhood Education Degrees + Certificates

Associate Degrees

Early Childhood Education | Early Childhood Education for Transfer | Montessori Education Preschool Teacher |

Certificates of Achievement

Early Childhood Education | Associate Teacher – Preschool | Associate Teacher – School Age Children | Violence Intervention and Counseling | Montessori Education Introductory Level | Montessori Education Preschool Teacher

Associate in Science Transfer Degree Early Childhood Education 26 Units

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education (ECE) for Transfer (AS-T) provides a clearly articulated curricular track for students who wish to transfer to a CSU campus, while also serving the diverse needs of students interested in the breadth and depth of the field of early childhood education. Additionally, this degree exposes students to the core principles and practices of the field in order to build a foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational paths.

The degree was designed to facilitate students’ successful transfer to certain California State University (CSU) campuses that prepare them for advanced study in a variety of graduate programs, as well as a variety of careers such as teaching, child development specialist, program directors, and child life specialists. With a BA in ECE/Child Development, students are eligible for the Master Teacher and Site Supervisor levels of the CA Child Development Permit, using the Alternative Qualifications category.

The AS-T in ECE provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to certain California State University campuses. The ECE courses required in this program are part of the CA Curriculum Alignment Project, lower division and coursework.

Course required for the major:

3 units ECHD-121 Child Growth and Development

3 units ECDH-220 The Child, Family and Community

3 units ECHD-120 Introduction to Principles and Practices of
Early Childhood Education

3 units ECHD-124 Curriculum Development

3 units ECHD-109 Observation, Assessment, and Child Guidance

5 units ECHD-290 Student Teaching/Practicum

3 units ECHD-133 Health, Nutrition and Safety

3 units ECHD-144 Teaching in a Diverse Society

Associate in Science Degree Early Childhood Education 32 Units

An Associate in Science Degree may be earned by completing a minimum of 60 units of degree credit coursework, including the major requirements and breadth requirements, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students must complete all courses for the major with a grade of C or better.

Required courses, with suggested sequence:

1st semester

3 units ECHD-121 Child Growth and Development (DS1)

3 units ECHD-123 Creative Activities (DS3)

3 units ECHD-220 Child, Family and Community (DS2)

2nd semester

3 units ECHD-109 Observation, Assessment & Child Guidance

3 units ECHD-120 Introduction to Principles & Practices
of Early Childhood Education

3 units ECHD-124 Curriculum Development (DS3)

3rd semester

3 units ECHD-144 Teaching in a Diverse Society

3 units ECHD-161 Violence and Its Impact on Children and Families: An Early Childhood Education Counseling Perspective

4th semester

3 units ECHD-133 Health, Nutrition and Safety (DS7)

5 units ECHD-290 Student Teaching/Practicum (DS3)

Certificate of Achievement Early Childhood Education 32 Units

A certificate of achievement may be earned by completing all the courses required for this major with a grade of C or better.

Required courses, with suggested sequence:

1st semester

3 units ECHD-121 Child Growth and Development (DS1)

3 units ECHD-123 Creative Activities (DS3)

3 units ECHD-220 Child, Family and Community (DS2)

2nd semester

3 units ECHD-109 Observation, Assessment & Child Guidance

3 units ECHD-120 Introduction to Principles & Practices
of Early Childhood Education

3 units ECHD-124 Curriculum Development (DS3)

3rd semester

3 units ECHD-144 Teaching in a Diverse Society

3 units ECHD-161 Violence and Its Impact on Children and Families: An Early Childhood Education Counseling Perspective

4th semester

3 units ECHD-133 Health, Nutrition and Safety (DS7)

5 units ECHD-290 Student Teaching/Practicum (DS3)

Associate in Science Degree Early Childhood Education: Montessori Education Preschool Teacher… 28 Units

An Associate in Science Degree may be earned by completing a minimum of 60 units of degree credit coursework, including the major requirements and breadth requirements, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students must complete all courses for the major with a grade of C or better.

Courses required for the major/certificate:

3 units ECHD-121 Child Growth and Development (DS1)

3 units ECHD-125 Introduction to the Montessori Method and Curriculum: Philosophy and Practical Life

3 units ECHD-126 Montessori Method and Curriculum: Sensorial, Art and Gross Motor

3 units ECHD-127 Montessori Method and Curriculum: Language, Geography, and Social Science

3 units ECHD-128 Montessori Method and Curriculum: Mathematics, Biological & Physical Sciences

1-4 units ECHD-139 Montessori Method: Student Teaching/
Practicum

3 units ECHD-144 Teaching in a Diverse Society

3 units ECHD-220 The Child, Family and Community (DS2)

3 units ECHD-222 Supervision and Management (DS6)

or

3 units ECHD-223 Administration and Management of Early Childhood Programs (DS6)

Certificate of Achievement Early Childhood Education: Montessori Education Preschool Teacher… 28 Units

A certificate of achievement may be earned by completing all the courses required for this major with a grade of C or better.

Courses required for the major/certificate:

3 units ECHD-121 Child Growth and Development (DS1)

3 units ECHD-125 Introduction to the Montessori Method and Curriculum: Philosophy and Practical Life

3 units ECHD-126 Montessori Method and Curriculum: Sensorial, Art and Gross Motor

3 units ECHD-127 Montessori Method and Curriculum: Language, Geography, and Social Science

3 units ECHD-128 Montessori Method and Curriculum: Mathematics, Biological & Physical Sciences

1-4 units ECHD-139 Montessori Method: Student Teaching/
Practicum

3 units ECHD-144 Teaching in a Diverse Society

3 units ECHD-220 The Child, Family and Community (DS2)

3 units ECHD-222 Supervision and Management (DS6)
or
3 units ECHD-223 Administration and Management
of Early Childhood Programs (DS6)

Certificate of Achievement Early Childhood Education: Associate Teacher – Preschool……… 12 Units

A certificate of achievement may be earned by completing all the courses required for this major with a grade of C or better.

Course required for the certificate:

3 units ECHD-120 Introduction to Principles & Practices of Early Childhood Education

3 units ECHD-121 Child Growth and Development (DS1)

3 units ECHD-123 Creative Activities (DS3)

or

3 units ECHD-124 Curriculum Development (DS3)

3 units ECHD-220 The Child, Family and Community (DS2)

Certificate of Achievement Early Childhood Education: Associate Teacher School Age Children….. 12 Units

A certificate of achievement may be earned by completing all the courses required for this major with a grade of C or better.

Course required for the certificate:

3 units ECHD-120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 units ECHD-145 Development of the School Age Child

3 units ECHD-146 School Age Curriculum

3 units ECHD-220 The Child, Family and Community (DS2)

Certificate of Achievement Early Childhood Education: Montessori Education – Introductory Level.. 12 units

A certificate of achievement may be earned by completing all the courses required for this major with a grade of C or better.

Required courses, with suggested sequence:

Fall semester

3 units ECHD-121 Child Growth and Development (DS1)

3 units ECHD-125 Introduction to Montessori Method and
Curriculum: Philosophy and Practical Life

Spring semester

3 units ECHD-220 The Child, Family and Community (DS2)

3 units ECHD-126 Montessori Method and Curriculum: Senosorial, Music and Gross Motor

Certificate of Achievement Early Childhood Education: Violence Intervention and Counseling……… 15 Units

A certificate of achievement may be earned by completing all the courses required for this major with a grade of C or better.

Course required for the certificate:

3 units ECHD-121 Child Growth and Development (DS1)

3 units ECHD-144 Teaching in a Diverse Society

3 units ECHD-161 Violence and its Impact on Children

3 units ECHD-162 Violence Intervention and Counseling

3 units ECHD-220 The Child, Family and Community (DS2)