Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program provides an educational and practical foundation for students interested in working with children from infancy through third grade. In addition to theoretical principles, the curriculum offers practical skills and on-site training that will prepare students for employment in the field of Early Childhood Education. The program leads to certificates in Early Childhood Education and/ or an Associate of Science Degree. The EAR courses will also fulfill the required child development coursework for the state-issued Child Development Permit.

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Early Childhood Education
ADT
Major Units
25
Typical Time to Completion
2 years
Program Map
Early Childhood Education
AS
CE
Major Units
25
Typical Time to Completion
1 year
Program Requirements
Assistant Teacher
CE
Major Units
6
Typical Time to Completion
1 semester
Program Requirements
Twelve Core Units
CE
Major Units
12
Typical Time to Completion
1 semester
Program Requirements
Early Childhood Intervention Assistant
AS
CE
Major Units
28
Typical Time to Completion
1 year
Program Requirements

If you are interested in Education and Teacher Preparation, you can explore other instructional pathways in Education and Teacher Preparation.

Teach Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is part of the Pre-K-12 public school system and is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.

Credentialed teachers interested in taking the required 24 units in early childhood education can consider the following classes. Please visit the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website for more information on TK.

Strongly Recommended Core Four Units
EAR-20  Child Growth and Development 3
EAR-24  Introduction to Curriculum 3
EAR-28  Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3
EAR-42  Child, Family, and Community 3
Total units 12
Additional Recommended Classes Units
EAR-25  Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
EAR-26  Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
EAR-40  Introduction to Children with Special Needs 3
EAR-43  Children with Challenging Behaviors 3
EAR-46  Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs 3
EAR-47  Childhood Stress and Trauma 3
EAR-53  Parenting: Guiding Young Children-Approaches to Discipline 3
EAR-54  Parenting: Contemporary Parenting Issues 1
Total units 22