Child Studies Degrees

Associate in Science for Transfer Degree 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.

  • Integrate an understanding of the needs, characteristics, and multiple influences on the development of children birth to age eight as it is related to high quality care and education of young children.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate environments and activities that support positive, developmental play and learning outcomes for all young children.
  • Develop strategies that promote partnerships between programs, teachers, families, and their communities.
  • Demonstrate ethical standards and professional behaviors that deepen understanding, knowledge and commitment to the Early Childhood profession.

Required Core Courses

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

Fall, Year 1 (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHST 1 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3 units
CHST 2 Child Growth and Development 3 units
CHST 63 Child, Family, and Community 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHST 66 Child Safety, Health and Nutrition 3 units
CHST 80 Introduction to Curriculum 3 units
CHST 87 Observation and Assessment 3 units

Fall, Year 2

Course Number Course Title Units
CHST 35 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3 units
CHST 5 Diversity: Childhood and Culture 3 units

Required Core: 24 units

AS Degree: 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:

  • Integrate an understanding of the needs, characteristics, and multiple influences on the development of children birth to age eight as it is related to high quality care and education of young children.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate environments and activities that support positive, developmental play and learning outcomes for all young children.
  • Develop strategies that promote partnerships between programs, teachers, families, and their communities.
  • Demonstrate ethical standards and professional behaviors that deepen understanding, knowledge and commitment to the early childhood profession.

Required Classes: 24 units

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

Plus 12 units from the following list

Course Name Course Title Units
CHST 34A Introduction to the Child With Special 3 units
CHST 53 Contemporary Education in a Changing Society 3 units
CHST 58 Language and Literacy Development 3 units
CHST 59 Music and Movement for Young Children 3 units
CHST 60 Children’s Ways of Thinking and Knowing 3 units
CHST 64 Supervision and Administration I 3 units
CHST 65 Supervision and Administration II 3 units
CHST 67 Creative Art Experiences and Development 3 units
CHST 70 Infant/Toddler Development & Care 3 units
CHST 85 Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs 3 units
CHST 86 Technology for Administrators 3 units
CHST 88 Early Childhood Environments 3 units
CHST 88A The Outdoor Environment 1 unit

Total Major Units: 36 units

GE Units: 25 units

Total Degree Units: 61 units

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

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

***CHST 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:

  1. Humanities and/or Fine Arts
  2. Social Sciences
  3. Math and/or Science
  4. English/Language Arts

Fall, Year 1 (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHST 1 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3 units
CHST 2 Child Growth and Development 3 units
CHST 63 Child, Family, and Community 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHST 66 Child Safety, Health and Nutrition 3 units
CHST 80 Introduction to Curriculum 3 units
CHST 87 Observation and Assessment 3 units

Fall, Year 2 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHST 5 Diversity: Childhood and Culture 3 units
CHST 35 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3 units

Electives (12 units)

Fall, Year 1; Fall, Year 2; Spring, Year 2 (12 Units)

Choose from 12 unit Course List

Required Core: 36 units

Electives: 12 units

Certificate of Achievement: Early Childhood Education

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.
  • Apply for and receive one of the permits from the California Department of Education Child Development Teacher Permit Matrix.

Required Classes: 24 units

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

Elective Classes: 12 units

Course Name Course Title Units
CHST 53 Contemporary Education in a Changing Society 3 units
CHST 58 Language and Literacy Development 3 units
CHST 59 Music and Movement for Young Children 3 units
CHST 60 Children’s Ways of Thinking and Knowing 3 units
CHST 67 Creative Art Experiences and Development 3 units
CHST 70 Infant/Toddler Development & Care 3 units
CHST 86 Technology for Administrators 3 units
CHST 88 Early Childhood Environments 3 units
CHST 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

Fall, Year 1 (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHST 1 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3 units
CHST 2 Child Growth and Development 3 units
CHST 63 Child, Family, and Community 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHST 66 Child Safety, Health and Nutrition 3 units
CHST 80 Introduction to Curriculum 3 units
CHST 87 Observation and Assessment 3 units

Fall, Year 2 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHST 5 Diversity: Childhood and Culture 3 units
CHST 35 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3 units

Spring, Year 2 – Elective Courses (6 Units)

Choose from Elective Course List

Required Core: 24 units

Electives: 6 units

Program Director Specialization

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

  • Supervise a licensed early childhood program operated in a single site or multiple-sites by coordinating curriculum and staff development.

Required Core Classes: 12 units

Course Name Course Title Units
CHST 64 Supervision and Administration Part I 3 units
CHST 65 Supervision and Administration Part II 3 units
CHST 85 Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs 3 units
CHST 86 Technology for Administrators and Teachers 3 units
Total Certificate Units   12 units

Course Substitution and Waivers

Course substitution and waivers are approved by the department upon review of transcripts, course description, and evidence of proficiency in the subject matter.

Fall, Year 1 (9 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHST 64 Supervision and Administration Part I 3 units
CHST 85 Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs 3 units
CHST 86 Technology for Administrators and Teachers 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (3 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHST 65 Supervision and Administration Part II 3 units

Required Core: 12 units

Last Updated 9/26/19