The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education Transfer degree is designed to provide students with a common core of eight early childhood education courses (approved by the Curriculum Alignment Project) that permit students to transfer smoothly to participating CSU’s to complete a Bachelor’s degree in child development or early childhood education.

The degree is designed to facilitate students’ successful transfer to certain California State University (CSU) campuses that prepare them for advanced study in a variety of graduate programs, as well as a variety of careers such as teaching, Child Development Specialist, Program Directors, and Child Life Specialists. With a BA in ECE/Child Development, students are eligible for the Master Teacher and Site Supervisor levels of the CA Child Development Permit, using the Alternative Qualifications category. 

This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon  satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, the student should be able to:

  • Exhibit skill in identifying the needs, the characteristics and multiple influences on the development of children birth to age eight.
  • Design, execute and evaluate environments and activities that support positive developmental play and learning outcomes for young children.
  • Establish and maintain safe and healthy learning environments for young children.
  • Observe, document, and use authentic assessment tools as a vehicle for child and program assessment and curriculum design.
  • Utilize ethical standards and professional behaviors that deepen understanding, knowledge, and commitment regarding the ECE profession.
  • Build family and community relationships and understand and value the importance and complex characteristics of families and communities in young children’s development.
  • Evaluate developmentally effective approaches to create positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation in working with children and families from diverse societies.
  • Upon completion of a program of study in Early Childhood Education students will, through planned and sequenced field experiences, develop the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children across the entire developmental period of early childhood in multiple early childhood age groups and in the variety of settings that offer early care and education.

Requirements

In addition to the 37-39 unit general education pattern for CSU or IGETC, students must complete the core courses listed below for the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree. Students must also obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a C or better in each major course, or a “P" if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Required Core
  • ECE 2* Child, Family, Community 3
  • ECE 7 Early Childhood Observation and Assessment 3
  • ECE 8 Teaching Practicum for Young Children 5
  • ECE 9*# Child, Growth and Development 3
  • ECE 15 Child, Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
  • ECE 17 Principles/Practices of Teaching Young Children 3
  • ECE 20 Introduction to Curriculum 3
  • ECE 28 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3

*May be used to fulfill CSU General Education requirements. See a counselor.

#May be used to fulfill IGETC requirements. See a counselor.

Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer Degree Requirements

Major: 26

General Education: 37-39

General Electives: 0-1

Degree Total Will Not Exceed: 60 Units

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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