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Early Childhood Education

Award Type: Associate in Science for Transfer

The associate in science in early childhood education for transfer degree is designed to prepare students for transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in early childhood education or similar major. Completion of an associate in science in early childhood education for transfer would qualify students up to a Master Teacher level permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This prepares the student to work in Title 5, Title XXII, and Federally funded programs. In addition, students will be prepared to enter the workforce as a teacher of young children, infancy through pre-school, a teacher of school age children in child education care, and/or a director of children program or centers. Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including the following: 1. Completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE). 2.  A minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district. 3, Obtainment of an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0. 4. Minimum grade of C, or P grade, for each course in the major. [The following Allan Hancock College graduation requirements will not be required: Health and Wellness, Multicultural Gender Studies and Allan Hancock College General Education.]

The graduate of the Associate in Science for Transfer in Early Childhood Education will:

  • Understand and apply child development theories and principles.
  • Identify and implement observation, documentation, and other assessment strategies.
  • Value and cultivate collaborative family and community relationships.
  • Identify, develop and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and teaching practices to positively guide children’s behavior and learning.
  • Develop self-reflective habits and grow as members of the Early Childhood profession to understand the complexities of working with diverse groups of families, children, staff and the community
  • Develop an environment that honors the diversity of the learning community (children families, staff and community) through empowerment, equity, respect and dignity.

Program Requirements

A major of 24 units is required for the degree. Required core courses (24 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
ECS 100 Child Growth and Development 3.0
ECS 101 Child, Family and Community 3.0
ECS 102 Child Health, Safety & Nutrition 3.0
ECS 104 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3.0
ECS 105 Observation and Assessment 3.0
ECS 106 Introduction to Early Childhood Curriculum 3.0
ECS 116 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3.0
ECS 118 Practicum: Preschool 3.0

General Education

Complete one of the following:

a) CSU General Education Breadth - 39 units


b) Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) - 37 units

Double counting:

A maximum of 6 units may be double counted for the major and CSU GE or IGETC.

Select additional CSU transferrable units as needed to achieve 60 units required for the degree.

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Last Modified Mar 29, 2024