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Social & Behavioral Sciences: Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer

Completion of the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (AS-T in Early Childhood Education) degree provides a clearly articulated curricular track for students who wish to transfer to a California State University under the provisions of SB 1440, the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act, and for employment in an early care and education program.  Students develop skills, knowledge, and attitudes that prepare them to work as teachers of young children or as administrators of ECE programs.  This degree exposes them to the core principles and practices of the field in order to build a foundation for their future, personal, academic or vocational paths.  Students who successfully complete this degree are guaranteed admission with junior status to the CSU system, but not to a specific campus or major. The student will receive priority admission to the local CSU campus and to a program or major that is similar to his or her community college major or area of emphasis.

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (AS-T in Early Childhood Education) degree meets the requirements of SB 1440 for Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT). These degrees are intended to make it easier for students to transfer to California State University campuses, but do not exclude admittance to other colleges or universities.

To earn an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (AS-T in Early Childhood Education) degree a student must complete the following:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
    • A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will integrate needs, characteristics, and multiple influences on the development of children birth to age eight as they develop, implement, and evaluate early childhood program practices.
  2. Students will intentionally use systematic observations, documentation, and other assessment strategies in the design, implementation, and evaluation of environments, curricula, and activities that support learning through developmental play and positive learning outcomes.
  3. Students will demonstrate positive interaction strategies that support all children’s learning, identity, and self-confidence.
  4. Students will develop strategies that promote respectful, reciprocal partnerships between program teachers, families, and their communities.
  5. Students will evaluate and incorporate ethical standards and professional behaviors that deepen understanding, knowledge, and commitment to the early childhood profession.

 

Required Core Courses Units
CFE 101, Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
CFE 102, The Developing Child 3
CFE 103, The Child in Family& Community Relationships 3
CFE 105, Discovery-Based Education for Children 3
CFE 116, Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
CFE 201, Child Development Practicum-Observation & Assessment 3
CFE 202, Child Development Practicum-Emergent Leadership 3
CFE 211, Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child 3

Except in cases of prerequisite requirement, it is not required that courses be taken in exactly this sequence; they are recommended in this order to facilitate success.

 

Recommended Plan of Study

 
First Semester Units
CFE 101, Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
CFE 102, The Developing Child (CSU GE Area D7) 3
CSU GE requirement Area A2 (ENGL 101) 3
CSU GE requirement Area D 3
CSU GE requirement Area C1 3
  Total 15
   
Second Semester Units
CFE 103, The Child in Family& Community Relationships 3
CFE 105, Discovery-Based Education for Children 3
CSU GE requirement Area B1/B3 3-4
CSU GE requirement Area B4 3-5
CSU GE requirement Area A1 (COMM 101 or COMM 103) 3
  Total 15-17
   
Third Semester Units
CFE 116, Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
CFE 201, Child Development Practicum-Observation & Assessment  3
CSU GE requirement Area A3 3
CSU GE requirement Area D 3
CSU GE requirement Area E 3
  Total 15
   
   
Fourth Semester Units
CFE 202, Child Development Practicum-Emergent Leadership 3
CFE 211, Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child 3
CSU GE requirement Area C 3
CSU GE requirement Area C2 3
CSU GE requirement Area B2/B3 3-4
  Total 15-16
  Degree Total 60

*Electives should be taken from other courses within the major or recommended course as noted.

Last updated: September 26, 2016