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Early Childhood Education

Overview

The Early Childhood Education A.A. degrees and certificates offer an interactive approach to acquiring the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to work with young children, birth to 12 years old. Students are guided by experienced and qualified faculty in an in-depth study of the theories, principles and practices of early childhood, and child development. 

The Early Childhood Education department strives to bring innovative research-based, current information and knowledge to students. Reflective practices and opportunities to practice critical thinking skills are woven into all coursework. Emphasis is placed on developing professional and ethical dispositions that foster positive relationships among children, families, and colleagues. Additionally, students are immersed in practices inclusive of all children; including children who are culturally and linguistically diverse and children with special needs.

The Early Childhood Education department believes in the importance of promoting an engaging, intellectually challenging, and creative learning environment. The Early Childhood Education’s philosophy is sustained through the Early Childhood Education Pathways to Success program. This program promotes a student centered, strength-based approach to foster the professional disposition to be a successful student and lifelong learner. 

The Early Childhood Education Program is aligned to the Child Development and Early Childhood Education majors offered by several California State Universities and the Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP) which align early childhood programs across California Community Colleges. Coursework fulfills the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) fulfill requirements leading to Child Development Permits and early childhood units needed to work as a Transitional Kindergarten Teacher.