Early Childhood Education, Associate in Science for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree prepares students to work with children from infancy through middle childhood, to teach in child care and development programs, to participate in the broader society as child advocates, and to transfer into the California State University.

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. Through a broad range of theoretical perspectives, students examine child growth and development, gain experience in observation and use of appropriate guidance techniques, learn to plan and implement curriculum, and demonstrate knowledge of state licensing regulations for child care and development programs. Program curriculum is aligned with the Child Development Permit Program Matrix and with the Curriculum Alignment Project.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate understanding of early childhood principles and practices required for employment including maintaining health and safety standards, creating appropriate early learning environments, complying with state licensing regulations and guiding childrens' behavior with respectful and supportive method.
  2. Students will utilize various observational techniques to assess childrens' learning and development and use the results to plan developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate curriculum.
  3. Students will describe and distinguish major theories of child development to support in planning appropriate early experiences for children.

General Education

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

  1. California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern - 40 units
  2. Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum - CSU Version (IGETC-CSU) pattern - 37 units

Students are advised to double-count courses in the major to also satisfy general education when possible. Course subject credit will be awarded in satisfaction of both major and lower division general education requirements, but the units will only be counted once in computing the total number of units for the degree. Students must double-count CDEV 021 and CDEV 026 to remain within the prescribed 60-unit limit.

Core Requirements

Complete 24 units

CDEV 021

Child and Adolescent Development


CDEV 025

Observation and Assessment


CDEV 026

Child, Family, and Community


CDEV 027

Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education


CDEV 028

Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition



Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children



Introduction to ECE Curriculum



ECE Practicum-Field Experience


Minimum Major Units Required: 24

Complete all courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Minimum Degree Units Required: 60