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Early Childhood Studies: Elementary Education

Award Type: Associate in Science

Completion of Elementary Education program would qualify students for a Teacher-level permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The program also provides the students with experiences in working with children in the elementary school setting. This prepares the student to work in Transitional Kindergarten, Title 5, Title XXII and federally-funded programs.

The graduate of the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Studies: Elementary 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 through empowerment, equity, respect and dignity.

Program Requirements

A major of 44 units is required for the degree. Required core courses: 38 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
ECS 119 Practicum: Infant/Toddler 3.0
ECS 125 Curriculum for School-Age Children 3.0
ECS 130 Exploring Teaching 3.0
EDUC 130 Exploring Teaching 3.0
ECS 132 Child Identity and Learning 3.0
EDUC 132 Child Identity And Learning 3.0
ECS 103 Introduction to Early Childhood 3.0

Plus a minimum of 6 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
ECS 114 Parent/Child Relationships 3.0
ECS 117 Teaching Strategies for Dual Language Learners 3.0
ECS 122 Positive Child Guidance 3.0
ECS 310 Art for Young Children 0.5
ECS 311 Creating Learning Materials 0.5
ECS 312 Music for Early Childhood Educators 0.5
ECS 313 Science for Young Children 0.5
ECS 314 Engineering and Technology for Young Children 0.5
ECS 315 Math for Young Children 0.5
EMS 102 First Aid & Safety 3.0
ENGL 137 Children's Literature 3.0
MUS 110 Music Fundamentals 2.0
SPAN 104 Intermediate Spanish II 5.0

General Education Requirements

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