ECE Course Requirements

Degree and Certificate Options

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program provides an academic and experiential foundation offering students occupational and transfer degree options and a variety of certificates.  Students will study child development in the context of the family and the community as well as best practices for teaching and learning. Observation and participation opportunities allow students to apply their emerging skills under the supervision of select teachers and mentors in both public and private settings, including the Child Development Center on campus.

The ECE program offers the AS-T degree for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus.  The AA degree is designed for students desiring an occupational or transfer course of study, providing more depth than the transfer degree.  In addition, a variety of certificates are offered, as well as coursework for continuing education for child care providers, teachers and parents.

This major prepares students for a broad range of career options in the field.  Positions are available nationwide in preschools, child care facilities, private homes, recreation programs and human service agencies.

Students are encouraged to work closely with a program advisor to determine which options best meet their career and educational goals. Once a goal is selected, the following advising sheets can be used by students to help plan and select the appropriate courses in the major.

Degrees

Associate of Science in ECE for Transfer (AS-T)  
Associate in Arts in ECE

Certificates  
Certificate of Achievement in EC 36 units
Certificate of Achievement – Teacher 24 units
Certificate of Specialization – Associate Teacher 12 units
Certificate of Specialization – Administration  8 units
Certificate of Specialization for Master Teacher Permit  

Special Needs

6 units

School Age Care

6 units

Creative Curriculum

6 units
Certificate of Entrepreneurship 15 units

A.A. in ECE


Course Number

Course Name

Units

Semesters Offered

ECE 150

Observational Studies

3

S13/S15

ECE 152

Introduction to Curriculum

3

S12/S14

ECE 153

Child, Family and Community

3

All

ECE 157

Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children

3

F12/F13

ECE 158

Practicum

3

S12/S14

ECE 159

Health, Safety and Nutrition

3

F13/F15

ECE 160

Teaching in a Diverse Society

3

F12/F14

ECE 162

Child Growth and Development

3

All

ECE 051
OR ECE 055

Administration of Programs for Young Children OR Supervisions:  Parent/Staff Relations

3

F12/F14
F13/F15

ECE 080

Pediatric First Aid/CPR

.5

ALL

ECE 098

Succeeding in an ECE Career

1.5

S12/S14

ECE 154

Creative Activities for Children

3

F13

ECE electives

Courses selected from elective list in catalog

4

Varies

 

Total Required ECE units

36

 

To earn an Associate in Arts in Early Childhood Education:

  1. Complete ECE requirements and electives as outlined above.
  2. Complete FRC General Education requirements, or CSU General Education Breadth, or IGETC requirements.
  3. Complete additional elective courses when major units plus GE units total is less than sixty (60) units.

Certificate of Achievement
Early Childhood Education
36 units

Complete major requirements only for the A.A. degree as outlined in the above table.                               

A.S. in ECE for Transfer

Course Number

Course Name

Units

Semesters Offered

ECE 150

Observational Studies

3

S13/S15

ECE 152

Introduction to Curriculum

3

S12/S14

ECE 153

Child, Family and Community

3

All

ECE 157

Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children

3

F12/F13

ECE 158

Practicum

3

S12/S14

ECE 159

Health, Safety and Nutrition

3

F13/F15

ECE 160

Teaching in a Diverse Society

3

F12/F14

ECE 162

Child Growth and Development

3

All

 

Total Required ECE units

24

 

To earn an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer:

  1. Complete Major Core Requirements as outlined above with a grade of C or better.
  2. Complete CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC requirements to total sixty units.
  3. Maintain a minimum GPA 2.0 for all transferable courses.
  4. ECE 153 and ECE 162 may be double counted for the major and general education requirements.

Certificate of Achievement
Teacher
24 Units

Complete major requirements only for the A.S. degree as outlined in the above table.

Certificate of Specialization
Associate Teacher
12 Units

Course
Number

Course Name

Units

Semesters
Offered

ECE 152
OR ECE 154

Introduction to Curriculum
OR Creative Activities for Children

3

S12/S14
F13

ECE 153

Child, Family and Community

3

All

ECE 157
OR ECE 158

Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Child
OR Practicum

3

F12/F13
S12/S14

ECE 162

Child Growth and Development

3

All

Certificate of Specialization
Administration of ECE Programs
8 Units

Course Number

Course Name

Units

Semesters Offered

ECE 051

Administration of Programs for Young Children

3

F12/F14

ECE 055

Supervision:  Parent/Staff Relations

3

F13/F15

ECE 156

Mentoring and Supervising Adults in the Classroom

2

S13/S15

Certificate of Specialization
Child Care Entrepreneurship
15 Units

Course
Number

Course Name

Units

Semesters
Offered

BUS 121

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

1

F12

BUS 122

Entrepreneurial Marketing

1.5

F12

BUS 123

Financial Management for entrepreneurs

2

S13

BUS 124

Preparing Effective Business Plans

1.5

S13

ECE 051
OR ECE 055

Administration of Programs for Young Children
Supervision:  Parent Staff Relations

3

F12/F14
F13/F15

ECE 152
OR ECE 154

Introduction to Curriculum
OR Creative Activities for Children

3

S12/S14

ECE 153
OR ECE 159

Child, Family and Community
OR Health, Safety and Nutrition

3

All
F13/F15

Certificate of Specialization
Master Teacher – Special Needs
6 units

Course Number

Course Name

Units

Semesters Offered

ECE 140

Teaching Young Children with Special Needs

3

Variable
See advisor

ASL 130
OR ASL 132

Beginning American Sign Language I
OR Beginning American Sign Language II

3

F12/F13
S13/S14

Certificate of Specialization
Master Teacher – School Age
6 Units


Course Number

Course Name

Units

Semesters Offered

ECE 063

Programs for School Age Children

3

Variable
See advisor

ORL 120

Recreation Program Planning

3

 

Certificate of Specialization
Master Teacher – Creative Curriculum
6 Units
Select 6 units from the following:

Course
Number

Course Name

Units

Semesters
Offered

ECE 072

Science Curriculum for the Young Child

1

Variable

ECE 075

Math Curriculum for the Young Child

1

Variable

ECE 083

Children’s Storytelling and Puppetry

1

Variable

ECE 085

Emerging Literacy

1

Variable

ECE 154

Creative Activities for Children

3

F13

ECE 166

Music with Children

3

S13