Early Childhood Education, AS-T

Business Division
Degree S0401
The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer requires students to critically analyze child development theory, developmentally appropriate approaches, and instructional strategies that positively influence children’s learning and development.   Students explore the importance of developmental domains and use their knowledge to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful curriculum and environments that promote comprehensive developmental learning outcomes for children.  Child observation, documentation, and assessment are explored as essential practices in order to develop effective curriculum and interventions.  The California Title 22 regulations, standards, and policies required for early care and education programs are examined.  Ethical guidelines, professional practices, and advocacy are assessed to inform future practitioners of standards in the early childhood profession. The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree qualifies students for transfer to a California State University (CSU) to complete a Baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education or related majors.

To earn an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU including only CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 24 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • understand the practice of early care and education is informed and guided by theory and research of human growth and development.
  • demonstrate an understanding that children learn and develop at individual rates, in various ways, and typically in a predictable sequence across all developmental domains including social-emotional, language, cognitive, and perceptual and motor domains.
  • demonstrate knowledge that children develop in the context of families and communities and foster respectful, reciprocal relationships with family members that sustain a child’s progress in early education.
  • integrate knowledge of Child Development theory of young children to create learning environments that are interactive, respectful, supportive and challenging for each child.
  • implement a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to engage with children and families and positively influence each child's development and learning.
  • discern that  socialization and guidance are on-going processes, and they include a variety of strategies to help children learn appropriate behaviors and problem solving techniques.  Children’s development and learning is aided by supportive, consistent, and responsive relationships with adults.
  • recognize that systematic observation, documentation, screening and assessment are central to the practices of all early childhood professionals and use these essential tools to develop learning experiences that support children’s development, learning, interests, strengths, and needs.  
  • identify and conduct themselves as professionals who follow ethical standards and understand the importance of professional guidelines, professional development and reflective practice, advocacy, and collaborative partnerships.   

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Required Courses

Core Courses
CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community 3
CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 3
CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum 3
CHLD 11Child and Adolescent Development 3
CHLD 50Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
CHLD 64Health, Safety and Nutrition of Children 3
CHLD 66Early Childhood Development Observation and Assessment 2
CHLD 66LEarly Childhood Development Observation and Assessment Laboratory 1
CHLD 67Early Childhood Education Practicum 2
CHLD 67LEarly Childhood Education Practicum Laboratory 1
Total Units for Major24
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
Total Units60

 Courses may be double-counted with either CSU-GE or IGETC.

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