This program focuses on the theory and practice of early childhood care and education for children from birth to age eight for occupational preparation. The course of study will include the basic principles of educational and developmental psychology; the art of observing, teaching and guiding young children; planning and administration of developmentally appropriate inclusive educational activities; school safety and health issues; and the social and emotional foundations of early care and education. Students completing this program will have the potential of obtaining occupations in educational settings such as infant/toddler caregivers; preschool teachers; family home childcare providers; master teachers, site supervisors, program directors, child life specialists, and social services workers.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate thematic and emergent curriculum for children who are typical and atypical in the areas of physical, cognitive, language, creative and social/emotional growth.
  • Develop and apply appropriate practices and effective techniques that respect the cultural diversity of young children and their families.
  • Integrate an educational philosophy into classroom practices that reflects a personal belief supportive of theoretical principles regarding how and why young children should receive early educational experiences.
  • Develop and implement a system of ongoing observational practices that contributes toward the creation of learning environments conducive to the emergence of curriculum that adapts to the evolving needs of children.
Required Courses (25 units) Units
EAR-19 Observation and Assessment In Early Childhood Education 3
EAR-20* Child Growth and Development 3
EAR-24 Introduction to Curriculum 3
EAR-25 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
EAR-26 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
EAR-28 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3
EAR-30 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 4
EAR-42* Child, Family and Community 3

*Courses may also be used to fulfill general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern, please confer with a counselor.


Associate in Science for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements and with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (or a “P” if taken as Pass/No Pass).