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Early Childhood Studies: General

Award Type: Associate in Science

Completion of Early Childhood Studies: General would quality 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.

The graduate of the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Studies: General 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 43 units is required for the degree. Required core courses (31 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 149 Cooperative Work Experience: Occupational 1.0 - 8.0 units
ECS 103 Introduction to Early Childhood 3.0

Plus a minimum of 12 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
ECS 114 Parent/Child Relationships 3.0
ECS 115 Care and Education for Infants and Toddlers 3.0
ECS 117 Teaching Strategies for Dual Language Learners 3.0
ECS 120 Adult Supervision and Mentoring In Early Childhood Education 2.0
ECS 122 Positive Child Guidance 3.0
ECS 125 Curriculum for School-Age Children 3.0
ECS 151 Infant and Toddler Development 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
ECS 320 Administration: Staff Leadership 1.0
ECS 321 Administration: Professional Ethics 1.0
ECS 322 Administration: Parents as Partners 1.0
EMS 102 First Aid & Safety 3.0

General Education Requirements

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Last Modified Apr 30, 2024