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Early Childhood Education Program

Why Choose Our Early Childhood Education Program?   

The Early Childhood Education Program educates and trains  students in developmentally appropriate practice guided by principles established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to work with children from infancy through middle childhood.  Through a broad range of theoretical perspectives, students examine child growth and development, gain experience in observation and assessment, use of appropriate guidance techniques, understand child health safety and nutrition, learn to plan and implement curriculum and demonstrate knowledge of state licensing regulations for child care and development programs.  The Early Childhood Education Program prepares students to teach in infant/toddler, preschool, child care and development programs. It also prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions, and to participate in the broader society as child advocates.  Program curriculum is aligned with the Child Development Permit Matrix and with the Curriculum Alignment Project.

The associate degrees and certificates in Early Childhood Education boast breadth and depth, offering students instruction grounded in major theoretical perspectives of child development, family engagement, developmentally appropriate practice, and program administration along with the benefits of hands-on training through field experience coursework.

What are the degree options?

Degrees:

   Early Childhood Education Associate in Arts
  
Early Childhood Education Associate in Science for Transfer

Certificates:

   Early Childhood Education Associate Teacher, Certificate of Achievement
   Early Childhood Education Master Teacher, Certificate of Achievement
   Early Childhood Education Site Supervisor, Certificate of Achievement  
   Early Childhood Education Teacher, Certificate of Achievement

Early Childhood Education courses provide foundational and global perspectives of children and childhood. Those who are pursuing a career may choose to complete a certificate or one of two Associate in Arts degrees. The Associate in Science for Transfer was specifically designed for students planning to transfer to a California State University.

What can I do with my degree?

See the Employment Requirements, Labor Market Information and the Child Development Permit Matrix for qualifications to work in most Early Childhood Education environments.

Employment opportunities with a major in Early Childhood Education: 

Head Start/Early Head Start; State Preschool; First 5 Preschool; After School Programs; Public, private or faith-based Preschool Teacher Infant/toddler Teacher, Head Teacher; Public, private or faith-based Site Supervisor, Center Director; Child Care Resource and Referral Agency Counselor; Community Recreation Program staff; Family Child Care Provider; Group Home Counselor; Parent and Family Support Coordinator; and Family Literacy Coordinator.

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For more information contact: Dr. Vivian Harper vharper@deltacollege.edu

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Stockton, California 95207
(209) 954-5151

 

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