Early Childhood Education (AS-T Degree S0401)

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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.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Core Courses
CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs3
CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum3
CHLD 11Child and Adolescent Development3
CHLD 50Teaching in a Diverse Society3
CHLD 64Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children3
CHLD 66Early Childhood Development Observation and Assessment2
CHLD 66LEarly Childhood Development Observation and Assessment Laboratory 11
CHLD 67Early Childhood Education Practicum2
CHLD 67LEarly Childhood Education Practicum Laboratory 11
Total Units for Major24
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
Total Units60

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