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Early Childhood Education

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​The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (AS-T) degree prepares students with the academic coursework necessary for a variety of child development permits issued by the State of California for students who wish to work while completing their education. Early Childhood Education introduces the theories of child development and principles of education focusing on children ages 0-5 years. The AS-T in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree is intended for students who plan to complete a baccalaureate degree in a similar program or major at a California State University campus. Students who complete this degree will gain priority admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. 

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (AS-T) degree will be awarded upon completion of the following:

The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), with “C”s or better in all coursework AND completion of Area 1C Oral communication (CSU admission requirement)

California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements (CSU GE). Areas A1, A2, A3, & B4 must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (CSU admission requirement)

  1. Completion of 60 transferable semester units to the California State University
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all transferable coursework.
  3. Full completion of one the following General education patterns
  4. A minimum of 24 semester units required for the major
  5. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass-No Pass” basis (Title 5 § 55063).

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon completion of the Degree program, students are able to:

  • Students will be able to synthesize child development research with principles and practices for early childhood teaching to create early learning environments that are respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children, from infancy through adolescence.
  • Students will be able to recommend developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant approaches to teaching and learning that include respectful, supportive relationships with children, and families.
  • Students will be able to apply developmentally appropriate practice and diverse philosophical approaches in early childhood settings.

Program Details

Award Title Award Type Required Course Units Total Major Units GE
Early Childhood Education AST 25 25  

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