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Young children, including dual language learners and those with special needs, fascinate you. You’re curious about how they develop and learn. You want to work with them and their families—in homes, schools and communities. By studying Early Childhood Studies at California State University Channel Islands (CI), you’ll receive an education that’s creative, and innovative—and that will prepare you to work with children, from birth to age 8, and their families.

We offer:


Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies

Your program

CI is known for its interdisciplinary approach to learning and our early childhood studies program is no exception. The program focuses on giving you knowledge and skills in language acquisition and literacy for young dual language learners. You’ll gain a strong foundation and the critical thinking and communication skills you need to be successful. You’ll also benefit from:

  • Small classes so you get personalized attention from your professors
  • Hands-on learning opportunities—both in class and through field placement with experienced teachers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties
  • Access to state-of-the-art resources

Your future

You’ll be prepared for a variety of career paths, from teacher education, including administration and educational leadership, to health and human services, including working with families in a variety of contexts. You’ll also be prepared to pursue graduate studies in areas such as education, social work, human development, and counseling.

Top careers include:

  • Administrator of children and family centers
  • Infant & Toddler teacher
  • Preschool teacher
  • Various positions working with young children with special needs
  • Educational specialists with Community Organizations
  • Curriculum for young learner specialists with public and private agencies

Your future income

Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics to learn more about the outlook for your future career.