Pending approval from the Chancellor's Office.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Studies will prepare graduates with the requisite knowledge and skills to effectively work with young children and their families from birth through eight years of age.  Students will acquire knowledge and skills in order to serve typically developing young children and those with disabilities within the natural settings of home, community, and schools.

The academic program will offer core curricula and practica in early childhood development and pedagogy while highlighting the contextual influences of family, culture, language, and society.  Embedded in the program are the following competencies set forth by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing:

  • Childhood Development Permit
  • Subject Matter Preparation for the Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential
  • Cross-culture, Language, and Academic Development Teacher Preparation Certificate (CLAD)

The Early Childhood Studies Program is distinctive in that the major emphasizes the first eight years of life as extremely significant in children's development.  The philosophy implicit in the Early Childhood Studies Program is reflective of the Position Statements and Early Childhood Professional Preparation Standards of the national Association for the Education of Young Children that include:

  • Promoting child development and learning
  • Building family and community relationships -- whatever their structure, language, ethnicity, and child's ability or disability
  • Delivering developmentally effective assessment and teaching practices
  • Preparing early childhood professionals beyond a foundational level in order to support the acquisition and application of advanced knowledge and skills.

There is a specific programmatic focus on the preparation of graduates who posses knowledge and skills in second language acquisition and literacy for your English learners.


The program will prepare graduates for multiple career paths in the fields of teacher education, health and human services.  These careers include infant/toddler and preschool teachers, early interventionists, administrators of centers for young children and families.  The program will provide the subject matter preparation for the multiple subjects and special education teaching credentials, as well as related professional programs in health and human services such as child life specialists and counselors.  Graduates will also be prepared to pursue graduate studies in related fields such as, education, social work, human development, and counseling.


  • Students can teach and administer in programs serving young children (with and without disabilities) from birth through eight and their families
  • Students are able to teach all subjects in their area of specialty
  • Students understand and relate to diversity of languages and cultures in and among children and families
  • Students can meet the diverse needs of all children including those with special needs
  • Students are reflective and deliberative practitioners
  • Students actively engage children in their learning
  • Students integrate research, theory and best practice into their teaching



Merilyn Buchanan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Bell Tower West 2235
(805) 437-8579

Robert Bleicher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Bell Tower West 1112
(805) 437-8508

Manuel Correia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Bell Tower West 2105
(805) 437-3292

Maria Denney, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education
Bell Tower West 2295
(805) 437-2766

Joan Karp, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education
Chair, Education Program
Bell Tower West 2125
(805) 437-8871

Jill Leafstedt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education
Bell Tower West 1178
(805) 437-2792

Lillian Vega-Castaneda, Ed.D.
Professor of Education
Bell Tower West 2205
(805) 437-8872



Community in the English Language & Critical Thinking (9 units)

Students must take a minimum of one course in each of the three subcategories: Oral Communication; English Writing; Critical Thinking.

Major Courses (30 units)

ART 102 Multicultural Children's Art (3) G.E. C1, C3b
BIOL 100 Exploring the Living World (4) G.E. B2
BIOL 170 Foundations of Life Sciences (4) G.E. B2
PHSC 170 Foundations in Early Childhood Education (4) G.E. B1
COMP 101 Computer Literacy (3) G.E. B4
ECS 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3) G.E. D
HIST 211 World Civilizations: Origins to 1500 (3) G.E. D
ENGL 212 Introduction to Children's Literature (3)
MATH 208 Modern Mathematics for Elementary Teaching I: Numbers & Problem Solving (3) G.E. B3
PSY 210 Learning, Cognition, & Development (3) G.E. D, E
PSY 213 Developmental Psychology (3) G.E. D, E
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I (4) G.E. C3a
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish Ii (4) G.E. C3a
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I (4) G.E. C3a, C3b or
SPAN 211 Spanish for Heritage Speakers I (4) G.E. C3a
SPAN 212 Spanish for Heritage Speakers II (4) G.E. C3a
SPAN 301 Advanced Spanish: Part I (3)
SPAN 302 Advanced Spanish: Part III (3)

American Institutions Requirements (6 units)

HIST 275 The United States to 1900 (3) (U.S. History & Constitution Requirement)
POLS 150 American Political Institutions (3) State and Local Government Requirement


ECS 320 Early Childhood Service Delivery Models & Programs for Young Children (3)
ECS 322 Early Childhood Program Administration (3)
ECS 325 Typical & Atypical Development: Birth-Age 9 (3)
ECS 460 Infant/Toddler Student Teaching & Seminar (4)
ECS 468 Early Numeracy & Literacy for Children Ages 3-8: Multicultural/Multilingual (3)
ECS 470 Preschool/Primary Assessment & Teaching Strategies (3)
ECS 471 Preschool/Primary Student Teaching & Seminar (4)
EDMC 550 Theory & Methods of Bilingual Education (2) Senior standing
EDMC 560 Application of Mainstream & ELD Methods (2) Senior standing
EDUC 512 Equity, Diversity & Foundations of Schooling (3) G.E. C3b Senior standing
ENGL 475 Language in Social Context (3)
HIST 369 California History & Culture (3)
PHED 302 Motor Learning, Fitness & Development in Children (2) G.E. E
HLTH 322 Health Issues in Education (2) G.E. E
SPED/ 345 Individuals with Disabilities in Society (3) PSY G.E. D,E, Interdisciplinary SPED 546 Consultation & Collaboration with Families and Professionals (3) Senior standing


Electives (17) (Students preparing for multiple subjects or special education credentials are strongly urges to take MATH 308)
Interdisciplinary Electives (6) G.E. C2


1. Lower Division Requirements  47-48
2. Upper Division Requirements  49
3. University Electives                     23-24
Total                                                   120