Why Choose Our Early Childhood Education Program?
The Early Childhood Education Program educates and trains students in developmentally appropriate practice guided by principles established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to work with children from infancy through middle childhood. Through a broad range of theoretical perspectives, students examine child growth and development, gain experience in observation and assessment, use of appropriate guidance techniques, understand child health safety and nutrition, learn to plan and implement curriculum and demonstrate knowledge of state licensing regulations for child care and development programs. The Early Childhood Education Program prepares students to teach in infant/toddler, preschool, child care and development programs. It also prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions, and to participate in the broader society as child advocates. Program curriculum is aligned with the Child Development Permit Matrix and with the Curriculum Alignment Project.
The associate degrees and certificates in Early Childhood Education boast breadth and depth, offering students instruction grounded in major theoretical perspectives of child development, family engagement, developmentally appropriate practice, and program administration along with the benefits of hands-on training through field experience coursework.
What are the degree options and certificate options
- Early Childhood Education Associate in Arts
- Early Childhood Education Associate in Science for Transfer
- Early Childhood Education Associate Teacher, Certificate of Achievement
- Early Childhood Education Master Teacher, Certificate of Achievement
- Early Childhood Education Site Supervisor, Certificate of Achievement
- Early Childhood Education Teacher, Certificate of Achievement
Early Childhood Education courses provide foundational and global perspectives of children and childhood. Those who are pursuing a career may choose to complete a certificate or one of two Associate in Arts degrees. The Associate in Science for Transfer was specifically designed for students planning to transfer to a California State University.
For Degree and Certificate requirements, please visit the College Catalog.
Consumer Information & Cost
For consumer information about the cost to complete certificate programs and completion rates, view our Gainful Employment Disclosures.
What can I do with my degree?
Employment opportunities with a major in Early Childhood Education:
Head Start/Early Head Start; State Preschool; First 5 Preschool; After School Programs; Public, private or faith-based Preschool Teacher Infant/toddler Teacher, Head Teacher; Public, private or faith-based Site Supervisor, Center Director; Child Care Resource and Referral Agency Counselor; Community Recreation Program staff; Family Child Care Provider; Group Home Counselor; Parent and Family Support Coordinator; and Family Literacy Coordinator.
- California Early Childhood Mentor Program
- California Community Care Licensing
- California Commission on Teacher Credentialing state permits page
- California Association for the Education of Young Children
- Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
- Child Development Division
- Child Development Training Consortium (webpage with state permits)
- Early Childhood Education Job Opportunities
- Family Resource & Referral Center
- First 5 California
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- San Joaquin County Office of Education, Early Childhood Education Department
- Zero to Three