Early Childhood Education

Associate in Science Degree: Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree and certificate programs give students the opportunity to prepare for careers in the field of early childhood education and/or transfer to a four-year university. Education and training prepares students for entry into a variety of careers in the field. The field of early childhood education needs trained, creative educators to provide high quality services to children and families in a variety of settings.

The Early Childhood Education program includes core courses in child development and electives from other departments. The purposes include: 1) educating students in the development of the young child; 2) preparing candidates for Child Development permits (awarded by the State Commission of Teacher Preparation and Licensing, Child Development Division); 3) providing a basis for further study (transfer) and preparation of teacher candidates; and 4) preparing students for work with children in a variety of community settings.

Student Learning Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required for employment as an Early Childhood Educator in a Title 22 or Title 5 licensed center in the field of Early Childhood.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 24
 

    Units
ECE-110 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECE-115 Curriculum and Classroom Management of Early Childhood Education  3.0
ECE-116A Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab A 1.0
ECE-125 Child, Family and Community 3.0
ECE-175 Childhood Health and Safety 1.0
ECE-120 Child Growth and Development 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172 Developmental Psychology 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172H Developmental Psychology - Honors 3.0
     
Plus ten units from the following:  
     
ECE-116B Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab B 1.0
ECE-116C Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab C 1.0
ECE-130 Infant/Toddler Development and Curriculum 3.0
ECE-135 School Age Child Care Programs and Curriculum 3.0
ECE-140 Recreational Leadership in School Age Child Care 3.0
ECE-144 Music and Motor Development for the Young Child 2.0
ECE-151 Art and Creativity for Young Children 2.0
ECE-155 Science and Math for the Young Child 2.0
ECE-156 Literature and Language Development for the Young Child 2.0
ECE-160 Understanding and Education of Exceptional Children 3.0
ECE-165 Teaching Children in a Diverse Community 3.0
ECE-201 Supervision and Administration of Children's Programs 3.0
ECE-202 Advanced Supervision and Administration of Children's Programs 3.0
ECE-220 Adult Supervision in ECE: The Mentoring Process 2.0


The Child Development program offers courses leading to a Core Certificate which meets State of California requirements to teach in preschool and childcare settings and several child development program certificates which are suggested for teaching positions in a variety of programs. These can reflect the student's interest in specialized areas such as preschool teaching, infant/toddler development and curriculum, school-age childcare and curriculum, special education and supervision, and administration of children's programs. Program certificate coursework assists students in meeting the State of California Child Development permit requirements. The Child Development permit awarded by the State Commission of Teacher Preparation and Licensing and is required by teachers in such funded programs as Children's Centers and Head Start programs.

Certificate of Specialization: Early Childhood Education - Core

Student Learning Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required for employment as a teacher in a Title 22 licensed center in the field of Early Childhood.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 14
 

    Units
ECE-110 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECE-115 Curriculum and Classroom Management of Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECE-116A Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab A 1.0
ECE-125 Child, Family and Community 3.0
ECE-175 Childhood Health and Safety 1.0
ECE-120 Child Growth and Development 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172 Developmental Psychology 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172H Developmental Psychology - Honors 3.0


Certificate of Achievement: Early Childhood Education - Infant/Toddler

Student Learning Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required for employment as an Infant/Toddler teacher in a Title 22 licensed center in the field of Early Childhood.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 23
 

    Units
ECE-110 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECE-115 Curriculum and Classroom Management of Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECE-116A Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab A 1.0
ECE-116B Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab B 1.0
ECE-116C Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab C 1.0
ECE-125 Child, Family and Community 3.0
ECE-130 Infant/Toddler Development and Curriculum 3.0
ECE-175 Childhood Health and Safety 1.0
ECE-120 Child Growth and Development 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172 Developmental Psychology 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172H Developmental Psychology - Honors 3.0
     
Plus four units from the following:  
     
ECE-144 Music and Motor Development for the Young Child 2.0
ECE-151 Art and Creativity for Young Children 2.0
OR    
ECE-155 Science and Math for the Young Child 2.0
ECE-156 Literature and Language Development for the Young Child 2.0


Certificate of Achievement: Early Childhood Education - Preschool

Student Learning Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required for employment as an Early Childhood Master Teacher in a Title 5 program.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 24
 

    Units
ECE-110 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECE-115 Curriculum and Classroom Management of Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECE-116A Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab A 1.0
ECE-116B Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab B 1.0
ECE-116C Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab C 1.0
ECE-125 Child, Family and Community 3.0
ECE-144 Music and Motor Development for the Young Child 2.0
ECE-151 Art and Creativity for Young Children 2.0
ECE-155 Science and Math for the Young Child 2.0
ECE-156 Literature and Language Development for the Young Child 2.0
ECE-175 Childhood Health and Safety 1.0
ECE-120 Child Growth and Development 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172 Developmental Psychology 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172H Developmental Psychology - Honors 3.0


Certificate of Achievement: Early Childhood Education - School-Age

Student Learning Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required for employment as a School-Age teacher in a Title 22 licensed center in the field of Early Childhood.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 25
 

    Units
ECE-110 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECE-115 Curriculum and Classroom Management of Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECE-116A Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab A 1.0
ECE-116B Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab B 1.0
ECE-116C Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab C 1.0
ECE-125 Child, Family and Community 3.0
ECE-135 School Age Child Care Programs and Curriculum 3.0
ECE-140 Recreational Leadership in School Age Child Care 3.0
ECE-175 Childhood Health and Safety 1.0
ECE-201 Supervision and Administration of Children's Programs 3.0
ECE-120 Child Growth and Development 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172 Developmental Psychology 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172H Developmental Psychology - Honors 3.0


Certificate of Achievement: Early Childhood Education - Special Education

Student Learning Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required for employment as a Special Education teacher in a Title 22 licensed center in the field of Early Childhood

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 30
 

    Units
ECE-110 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECE-115 Curriculum and Classroom Management of Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECE-116A Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab A 1.0
ECE-116B Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab B 1.0
ECE-116C Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab C 1.0
ECE-125 Child, Family and Community 3.0
ECE-130 Infant/Toddler Development and Curriculum 3.0
ECE-144 Music and Motor Development for the Young Child 2.0
ECE-151 Art and Creativity for Young Children 2.0
ECE-155 Science and Math for the Young Child 2.0
ECE-156 Literature and Language Development for the Young Child 2.0
ECE-160 Understanding and Education of Exceptional Children 3.0
ECE-175 Childhood Health and Safety 1.0
ECE-120 Child Growth and Development 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172 Developmental Psychology 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172H Developmental Psychology - Honors 3.0


Certificate of Achievement: Early Childhood Education - Supervision & Administration of Children's Programs

Student Learning Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required for employment as a Supervisor/Administrator in a Title 22 licensed center in the field of Early Childhood.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 30
 

    Units
ECE-110 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECE-115 Curriculum and Classroom Management of Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECE-116A Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab A 1.0
ECE-116B Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab B 1.0
ECE-116C Curriculum and Classroom Management Lab C 1.0
ECE-125 Child, Family and Community 3.0
ECE-144 Music and Motor Development for the Young Child 2.0
ECE-151 Art and Creativity for Young Children 2.0
ECE-155 Science and Math for the Young Child 2.0
ECE-156 Literature and Language Development for the Young Child 2.0
ECE-175 Childhood Health and Safety 1.0
ECE-201 Supervision and Administration of Children's Programs 3.0
ECE-202 Advanced Supervision and Administration of Children's Programs 3.0
ECE-120 Child Growth and Development 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172 Developmental Psychology 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172H Developmental Psychology - Honors 3.0


ECE 110 INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Introduces the study of early childhood education, including the history and philosophy of early education, issues of development, teacher roles, partnerships with parents, and the current issues and trends in the field of early childhood education. Field observation at sites designated by the instructor will be required. Meets the partial core requirement to teach in a Title 22 or Title V program and meets a core requirement for licensing and the Child Development Permit.


ECE 115 CURRICULUM AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: ECE-110
Covers planning and implementation of a developmentally appropriate preschool environment including curriculum and behavior management techniques. A continuation of ECE 110.


ECE 116A CURRICULUM AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT LAB A
Units: 1.00
CSU 54.00 hours lab
Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in or previous completion of ECE-110.
Provides hands-on experience observing and implementing developmentally appropriate practice as applied to ECE 110 by assisting master teachers in the classroom environment.


ECE 116B CURRICULUM AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT LAB B
Units: 1.00
CSU 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: CHLDEV-116A or ECE 116A Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in or previous completion of ECE-115
Provides hands-on experience observing and implementing developmentally appropriate practice as applied to ECE 115 by assisting master or mentor teachers in the preschool environment.


ECE 116C CURRICULUM AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT LAB C
Units: 1.00
CSU 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: ECE/CHLDEV-116A and 116B.
Third in a series of hands-on experience observing and implementing developmentally appropriate practice as applied to the theory classes ECE 110 and ECE 115. Student teachers assist in the ECE environment, plan, and implement weekly group activities as well as plan, facilitate and evaluate 2 full sessions(TBA).


ECE 120 CHILD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. Meets part of the Title XXII core requirements to work in a licensed early childhood program..


ECE 125 CHILD, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines the developing child in a societal context focusing on the interrelationship of family, school and community and emphasizing historical and socio-cultural factors. Meets the requirement for licensing and the Child Development Permit.


ECE 130 INFANT/TODDLER DEVELOPMENT AND CURRICULUM
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Surveys infant/toddler development and its implications for group child care settings, including principles of infant/toddler philosophy and care giving.


ECE 135 SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE PROGRAMS AND CURRICULUM
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines the need for and design of school age child care programs, emphasizing developmental stages of the child ages 5-13, curriculum development, the relationship of the family, and the special needs of the school age child.


ECE 140 RECREATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Presents different leadership techniques and styles as they apply to various recreational activities for school age children, emphasizing behavioral management skills, and recreational activities for large groups of children.


ECE 144 MUSIC AND MOTOR DEVELOPMENT FOR THE YOUNG CHILD
Units: 2.00
CSU 36.00 hours lecture
Provides the basic skills, methods and theory in music and motor activities relating to the young child, including developing a portfolio of materials, lesson plans and classroom demonstrations.


ECE 151 ART AND CREATIVITY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Units: 2.00
CSU 36.00 hours lecture
Explore arts and creativity in young children, including selection of developmentally appropriate media, motivational techniques and classroom arrangements. A creative art curriculum resource file will be developed.


ECE 155 SCIENCE AND MATH FOR THE YOUNG CHILD
Units: 2.00
CSU 36.00 hours lecture
Provides an experiential and discovery approach to learning in the areas of science and math. Students plan and implement developmentally appropriate math and science experiences for young children and apply theoretical concepts in a variety of ways.


ECE 156 LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE YOUNG CHILD
Units: 2.00
CSU 36.00 hours lecture
Emphasizes a basic understanding of how children learn language skills, including developing techniques to promote and establish a language and literature program in the preschool setting through the use of flannel board activities, stories, puppets, drama, finger plays and circle activities.


ECE 160 UNDERSTANDING AND EDUCATION OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Introduces the field of special education, emphasizing the developmental theories as they apply to the understanding and education of exceptional children through age eight. Overview of special needs categories as defined by PL94-142 (IDEA), inclusion, and preparation of Individual Education Plan (IEP).


ECE 165 TEACHING CHILDREN IN A DIVERSE COMMUNITY
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Covers the impact of social, political, economic and cultural issues that shape values, beliefs, and behaviors. Students explore their own experiences to increase their understanding of the impact these issues have on teaching children in a multicultural, multilingual, diverse community.


ECE 175 CHILDHOOD HEALTH AND SAFETY
Units: 1.00
CSU 18.00 hours lecture
Introduces common childhood illnesses, emphasizing safety issues, licensing regulations, and health codes pertaining to children and children's programs. American Red Cross certification for First Aid and Community CPR is included.


ECE 201 SUPERVISION AND ADMINISTRATION OF CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisites: ECE-110, ECE-120 or PSYCH-172/172H, & ECE-125
Principles and practices of supervision and administration of children's programs. Content includes Title XXII and Title V requirements regarding organizational structure, budgets, personnel policies and practices, record keeping, reporting, community relationships and resources, regulatory agencies and parents. Also reviews social and public policy and professional groups influencing child development today.


ECE 202 ADVANCED SUPERVISION AND ADMINISTRATION OF CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: ECE-201
Provides opportunities for administrators of children's programs to learn techniques in hiring and training staff. Covers philosophies of management and staff relations including team building and human resource development. Course meets one of the requirements of the Child Development Permits for Site Supervisor or Program Director as needed for Title V programs.


ECE 220 ADULT SUPERVISION IN ECE: THE MENTORING PROCESS
Units: 2.00
CSU 36.00 hours lecture
Covers all aspects of supervising the adult learner in a child care setting, as well as the use of the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (Harmes and Clifford), an instrument used to evaluate the quality of early childhood environments. Satisfies the adult supervision requirement for the Master Teacher level of the Child Development Permit from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Required for candidates of the Mentor Teacher Program.


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