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DEGREE: AS-T Early Childhood Education for Transfer
Code #1982

Note to Transfer Students: The Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) for Transfer provides a clearly articulated curricular track for students who wish to transfer to a CSU campus, while also serving the diverse needs of students interested in the breadth and depth of the profession of early childhood education.

Additionally, this degree exposes students to the core principles and practices of the profession in order to build a foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational paths. The degree is designed to facilitate students’ successful transfer to certain California State University (CSU) campuses that prepare them for advanced study in a variety of graduate programs, as well as a variety of careers such as teaching, Child Development Specialist, Program Directors, and Child Life Specialists.

With a BA in ECE/Child Development, students are eligible for the Master Teacher and Site Supervisor levels of the CA Child Development Permit, using the Alternative Qualifications category. The Associate in Science degree in ECE for Transfer provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to certain California State University campuses.

The Associate in Science degree in ECE for Transfer (A.S.-T.) may be obtained by the completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program outlined below (earning a C or better in these courses) and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education Breadth Requirements. The ECE courses required in this program are part of the CA Curriculum Alignment Project, Lower Division 8 coursework. 

*Major courses which also fulfill a transfer General Education (GE) requirement (“double-counting”). Please note that there are limitations on double-counting - consult a Counselor when planning your courses to maximize the number of courses that fulfill both the requirements for the major and GE.

Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (A.S.-T ) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including: (a) 18 units in the major (earning a C or better in these courses); and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education Breadth requirements. 

DEGREE: A.A. Early Childhood Education
Code #1089

This degree is aligned to the Child Development Permit issued by the Child Development Division issued by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing. California law requires that teachers in state funded child care and development programs possess a Child Development Permit. This degree can also lead to a number of professional opportunities with additional education and certification.

This degree provides students with an in-depth study both in general education, and principles and practices in child development and in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy. 

Suggested Electives:
ANTH 300, 310; ART 430; BIOL 350; BUS 330; COMM 321, 325, 331, 361; ECE 350, 498; ENGCW 400; ENGED 320; ENGLT 370; ENGWR 300; FCS 324; HEED 350; HORT 300; NUTRI 300; PSYC 312, 320; SOC 305, 321; TA 401.

Associate Degree
The Early Childhood Education Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program and general requirements as well as sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.

DEGREE: A.A. Early Childhood Education, Site Supervisor
Code #1330

Administration of early care and education programs is the main focus of this degree. Topics include administration, supervision and coordination of staff in early childhood settings. Additionally, it provides the educational coursework that serves as the core curriculum for the early childhood education field. Along with documented experience, this certificate leads to the Site Supervisor Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and is required of those individuals supervising a publicly funded early childhood education site.

Upon completion of this certificate, the student exceeds the minimum requirements to work as a director/site supervisor in a privately funded early care and education program. With documented experience supervising staff, the student also meets the requirements to work as a director/site supervisor in a publicly funded early care and education program.

Suggested Electives:
ART 430, ENGLT 370, MUSM 370, TA 401, COMM 321, ECE 350, ECE 415, ECE 498, ENGED 320, NUTRI 300, ANTH 300, BIOL 350, GEOG 306, HORT 300, ANTH 310, COMM 325, SOC 321, ECE 356, ECE 402

Associate Degree
The Early Childhood Education, Site Supervisor Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program and general requirements as well as sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.