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Early Childhood Education

Required Core Courses (26 units)

Course Number Course Title Units C-ID Descriptor
CHST 001 Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children 3 units ECE 120
CHST 002 Child Growth and Development 3 units CDEV 100
CHST 005 Diversity: Childhood and Culture 3 units ECE 230
ETHN 005 Diversity: Childhood and Culture 3 units ECE 230
CHST 035 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3 units ECE 210
CHST 035A Field Experience in Early Childhood Education 2 units ECE 210
CHST 063 Child, Family, and Community 3 units CDEV 110
CHST 066 Child Safety, Health and Nutrition 3 units ECE 220
CHST 080 Introduction to Curriculum 3 units ECE 130
CHST 087 Observation and Assessment 3 units ECE 200

Major Requirements: 26 units

CSU GE Breadth or IGETC for CSU Requirements: 37 – 39 units

Elective Units As Needed To Total 60 CSU Transferable Units

The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) is intended for students who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing this transfer degree:

  • will earn an Associate’s Degree from West Valley College
  • are guaranteed admission to a campus in the CSU system
  • will be prepared to start upper division coursework at the CSU
  • will not need to complete more than 60 units after transfer

CSUs with Similar Majors

A complete and up-to-date listing of the similar CSU majors can be found by visiting

For more information, please speak with a counselor from Counseling or Transfer.

Important Notes

  • Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units with an overall GPA of at least 2.0
  • While a minimum of 2.0 GPA is required for CSU admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
  • Completing courses prior to transfer that satisfy the U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement as part to the CSU GE-B or IGETC is highly recommended.

Learn more about Associate Degree for Transfer at West Valley College.

Last Updated 4/8/22