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Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer



Early Childhood Education

The Associate in Science Degree in Early Childhood Education for transfer is a 60 unit degree program designed to prepare students to transfer and study child development, human development, and early childhood education. The program, which requires 25 units of lower division work in Child Development is combined with the California State university General Education pattern of 40-42 units. Up to 6 units may be double-counted toward the 25 unit major coursework in the CSU GE pattern so the degree can be achieved in 60 units.   Students will be prepared to take upper division courses their first semester after transferring.  Typically, students who complete this program will be able to complete their upper division coursework in only two additional years.


The Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education for Transfer also prepares students for entry and mid-level career options in child care, preschool education, special education, and before-and-after school programs. Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible to apply for the Teacher level permit on the Child Development Permit Matrix from the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Students will complete lower division courses in child growth and development, principles and practices in early childhood education, curriculum, observation, assessment, child/family/community relationships, diversity, health and safety, and a culminating student teaching practicum.


Required Courses:


Child Growth and Development

3 Units


Child Family and Community

3 Units


Introduction to the Study of Early Childhood Education

3 Units


Curriculum Foundations for the Young Child

3 Units


Observation and Assessment

3 Units


Student Teaching in Local Child Development Programs

4 Units


Health, Safety and Nutrition for the Young Child

3 Units


Teaching in a Diverse Society

3 Units

Total units required for major is 27-28 Units plus CSU General Education Requirements for a total of 60 units




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