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. A “P” (Pass) grade is also an acceptable grade for courses in the major if the course taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

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 Curriculum 23
CHLD 11Child and Adolescent Development 23
CHLD 50Teaching in a Diverse Society3
CHLD 64Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children3
CHLD 66Early Childhood Development Observation and Assessment 12
CHLD 66LEarly Childhood Development Observation and Assessment Laboratory 11
Select one of the following sequences: 13
Early Childhood Education Practicum
and Early Childhood Education Practicum Laboratory
Infant Toddler Practicum Seminar
and Infant Toddler Practicum Field Work Experience
Total Units for Major24
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 339-42
Total Units60

 Students must provide documentation of influenza, pertussis (TDap), and measles immunization, as well as TB clearance, as required by SB792 prior to being permitted to enroll in this class. Instructions on submitting documentation are available at Child Development Center 


Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) clearance is required.


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

Program Learning Outcomes

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
CHLD 5 Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 3
CHLD 11 Child and Adolescent Development 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
CSU ARTS CSU GE C1 Arts Crse 3
AREA C1:Arts faculty recommendation ARTB 14 4  
Winter Term 1
CHLD 6 Introduction to Child Development Curriculum 3
Spring Term 1
CHLD 1 Child, Family, School and Community 3
CHLD 64 Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children 3
CSU MATH CSU GE B4 Mathematics Crse 3
CHLD 66 Early Childhood Development Observation and Assessment 2
CHLD 66L Early Childhood Development Observation and Assessment Laboratory 1
Immunizations Req'd: CHLD 66, 67, 69, 91, 86, 87 7  
Certificate: Child Development, L1 M0663 3  
Submit certificate petition to AR via portal #45 5  
visit: https://www.mtsac.edu/cdc/immunization/ visit: https://www.mtsac.edu/cdc/immunization/  
If CHLD 66/66L is not taken Spring, must enroll in 6  
CHLD 61 63 in Spr CHLD 62/66, 66L Fall 2023. 3  
Summer Term 1
Fall Term 2
CHLD 50 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
CSU SCNC1 CSU GE B1 Physical Sc Crse 3
CSU CRTTH CSU Area A-3 Crit Thnkg Course 3
CSU LAB CSU GE B3 Phy/Life Sc Lab Crse 1
GEOL 8 is preferred B1: Physical Science 1  
ENGL 1C is preferred for A3: Critical Thinking 3  
Certificate: Child Development, LII - N0656 6  
Certificate: Child Development, LIII - N0655 5  
Submit petition to Admissions Records Submit petition to Admissions Records  
(CHLD 67 AND CHLD 67L) OR (CHLD 86 AND CHLD 87) 3  
Winter Term 2
CSU HUM CSU GE C2 Humanities Crse 4
CSU ETHS CSU GE Area F Ethnic Studies 3
SPAN or other world language (Area C-1) 1  
Spring Term 2
CSU SCNC2 CSU GE B2 Life Sc Crse 4
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3
CSU ART/H CSU GE C-1 or C-2 Art/Hum Crse 3
BIOL 3 preferred for B2 and BLab 2  
 Total Units58
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