Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer Degree (A.S.-T in Early Childhood Education

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree (AS-T in Early Childhood Education) is a 60 unit program which provides students the lower division coursework required for transfer to a CSU institution for the major in Child Development. Students who complete the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree (AS-T in Early Childhood Education) will be able to apply ethical guidelines and advocacy skills to maintain standards of high quality care and education for young children.

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the College.

Required Core Classes

CHS 1 Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children 3 units
CHS 2 Child Growth and Development 3 units
CHS 5 Diversity: Childhood and Culture 3 units
CHS 35 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3 units
CHS 63 Child, Family, and Community 3 units
CHS 66 Child Safety, Health and Nutrition 3 units
CHS 80 Introduction to Curriculum 3 units
CHS 87 Observation and Assessment 3 units
  Total Major Units 24 units
  GE Units (CSU GE or IGETC) 37–39 units
  Total Degree Units 60 units


Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT): Early Childhood Education
An ADT is a guaranteed pathway for transfer into the California State University (CSU) system. After earning an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Transfer degree students will be guaranteed admission to a CSU campus with junior standing. While admission to your campus of choice is not guaranteed, students will be given priority consideration for admission to their local CSU campus and to any CSU campus that offers a program that has been designated as “similar” by CSU.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education is a vital component to our local, state, and national system of care and education for young children and offers many exciting career opportunities. The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare students to qualify for a variety of permits issued by the Teacher Credentialing, State of California. These permits include a master teacher, site supervisor, and program director permit. Receiving an A.S. in Early Childhood Education also meets the requirement to teach in a National Head Start Program.

Possible Career Options are:

  • Assistant Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Master Teacher
  • Site Supervisor
  • Parent Educator
  • Program Director
  • Early Intervention Assistant

After completing an Early Childhood Education A.S. Degree, a student will be able to:

  • Design developmentally appropriate curriculum and environments using child development theory, observations of children, and health and safety standards.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative partnerships with children, families, colleagues, and the community.
  • Apply ethical guidelines and advocacy skills to maintain standards of high quality care and education of young children.

Required Classes: 24 units

CHS 1 Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children 3 units
CHS 2 Child Growth and Development 3 units
CHS 5 Diversity: Childhood and Culture 3 units
CHS 35 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3 units
CHS 63 Child, Family, and Community 3 units
CHS 66 Child Safety, Health and Nutrition 3 units
CHS 80 Introduction to Curriculum 3 units
CHS 87 Observation and Assessment 3 units

Plus 12 units from the following list

CHS 34A Introduction to the Child With Special 3 units
CHS 34B Inclusion of the Child with Special 3 units
CHS 53 Contemporary Education in a Changing Society 3 units
CHS 58 Language and Literacy Development 3 units
CHS 59 Music and Movement for Young Children 3 units
CHS 60 Children’s Ways of Thinking and Knowing 3 units
CHS 64 Supervision and Administration I 3 units
CHS 65 Supervision and Administration II 3 units
CHS 67 Creative Art Experiences and Development 3 units
CHS 70 Infant/Toddler Development & Care 3 units
CHS 83 Documentation of Children’s Learning 2 units
CHS 84 Advocacy for Children 1 unit
CHS 85 Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs 3 units
CHS 86 Technology for Administrators 3 units
CHS 88 Early Childhood Environments 3 units
CHS 88A The Outdoor Environment 1 unit
  Total Major Units 36 units
  GE Units 25 units
  Total Degree Units 61 units

*CHS 70 is required to work with infants/toddlers.

**CHS 85 is required for students applying for the Title 5 California Department of Education Master Teacher, Site Supervisor, or Program Director permit.

***CHS 64 and 65 are required for students applying for the Title 5 California Department of Education Site Supervisor or Program Director permit.

****CHS 34A and 34B are required to work as an Early Intervention Assistant. NOTE: Students must also complete AS degree general education requirements for college graduation.

**18 diversified semester units in general education should include at least one course in each of the following areas:

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Math and/or Science
  • English/Language Arts

Certificate of Achievement

Communication and the Arts Specialization

Gainful Employment Disclosure

After completing a certificate in Communication and The Arts, a student will be able to:

  • Design curriculum related to visual, written, and oral communication

Required Core Classes: 12 units

CHS 58 Language, Literacy and Development 3 units
CHS 59 Music and Movement for Young Children 3 units
CHS 67 Creative Art Experiences and Development 3 units
CHS 86 Technology for Administrators and Teachers 3 units
  Total Units 12 units

Early Intervention

Gainful Employment Disclosure

This certificate requires the successful completion of 33 semester units in coursework listed below plus 18 units in general education. This certificate satisfies the State Department of Education Title 5 coursework requirements for the Child Development Master Teacher Permit. This certificate is appropriate for adults who are interested in working as an assistant or paraprofessional in early intervention programs, early childhood special education and child development programs serving infants, toddlers, and young children with special needs and their families.

Required Classes: 27 units

CHS 2 Child Growth and Development 3 units
CHS 34A Introduction To The Child With Special Needs 3 units
CHS 34B Inclusion of the Child With Special Needs in Ed Settings 3 units
CHS 35 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3 units
CHS 63 Child Family and Community 3 units
CHS 66 Child Health and Safety 3 units
CHS 70 Infant Toddler Development and Care 3 units
CHS 85 Adult Supervision 3 units
CHS 87 Observation and Assessment 3 units

Elective Classes: Complete six units from the following list

CHS 5 Diversity: Childhood and Culture 3 units
CHS 53 Contemporary Education in a Changing Society 3 units
CHS 58 Language, Literacy and Development 3 units
CHS 59 Music and Movement for Young Children 3 units
CHS 60 Children's Ways of Thinking and Knowing 3 units
CHS 67 Creative Art Experiences and Development 3 units
CHS 83 Documentation for Children's Learning 2 units
CHS 84 Advocacy for Children 1 unit
CHS 86 Technology for Administrators and Teachers 3 units
CHS 88 Early Childhood Environments 3 units
CHS 88A The Outdoors Environment 1 unit
  Total Major Units 33 units
  GE Units 18 units
  Total Degree Units 51 units

General Education

18 diversified semester units in general education should include at least one course in each of the following areas:

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Math and/or Science
  • English/Language Arts

Early Childhood Education

Gainful Employment Disclosure

This certificate requires the successful completion of the required 8 courses listed and 6 units of electives (30 units) plus 18 units of general education. This certificate satisfies California Department of Education Title 5 coursework requirements for the Child Development Teacher Permit. In addition, it also satisfies the Department of Social Services Title 22 Community Care Licensing requirements for qualified pre-school teachers in a licensed early childhood program.

After completing an Early Childhood Education Certificate of Achievement, a student will be able to:

  • Design developmentally appropriate curriculum and environments using child development theory, observations of children, and health and safety standards.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative partnerships with children, families, colleagues, and the community.
  • Apply ethical guidelines and advocacy skills to maintain standards of high quality care and education of young children.

Required Classes: 24 units

CHS 1 Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children 3 units
CHS 2 Child Growth and Development 3 units
CHS 5 Diversity: Childhood and Culture 3 units
CHS 35 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3 units
CHS 63 Child, Family, and Community 3 units
CHS 66 Child Safety, Health and Nutrition 3 units
CHS 80 Introduction to Curriculum 3 units
CHS 87 Observation and Assessment 3 units

Elective Classes: Complete six units from the following list

CHS 53 Contemporary Education in a Changing Society 3 units
CHS 58 Language and Literacy Development 3 units
CHS 59 Music and Movement for Young Children 3 units
CHS 60 Children’s Ways of Thinking and Knowing 3 units
CHS 67 Creative Art Experiences and Development 3 units
CHS 70 Infant/Toddler Development & Care 3 units
CHS 83 Documentation of Children’s Learning 2 units
CHS 84 Advocacy for Children 1 unit
CHS 86 Technology for Administrators 3 units
CHS 88 Early Childhood Environments 3 units
CHS 88A The Outdoor Environment 1 unit
  Total Major Units 30 units
  GE Units 18 units
  Total Degree Units 48 units

General Education

18 diversified semester units in general education should include at least one course in each of the following areas:

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Math and/or Science
  • English/Language Arts

Program Director Specialization

Gainful Employment Disclosure

After completing a certificate in Program Director, a student will be able to:

  • Design developmentally appropriate curriculum and environments using child development theory, observations of children, and health and safety standards.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative partnerships with children, families, colleagues, and the community.
  • Administer A program according to the current Title 22 regulations.

Required Core Classes: 24 units

CHS 64 Supervision and Administration Part 1 3 units
CHS 65 Supervision and Administration Part 2 3 units
CHS 85 Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs 3 units
CHS 86 Technology for Administrators and Teachers 3 units
  Total Certificate Units 12 units
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