Early Childhood Education Administration

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

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The Early Childhood Education Administration A.A. Degree provides preparation for employment in early care and education settings in an administrative position. The program meets the educational requirements for directors in private early care and education set- tings licensed by the California State Department of Social Services. Experience working in early care and education is usually required for administrative positions.

Career Opportunities

Students receiving an ECE Administration A.A. degree are eligible for employment at many levels in the diverse early care and education field. Students who complete the program may serve as teachers or as directors in privately owned settings. Students interested in working with infant or school age programs will need to add courses specific to those age groups or complete the certificates aligned with those age groups. Graduates would also be prepared for employment in other settings that require knowledge of child development and best prac- tices for programs. Students are advised to meet with the Early Child- hood Education Coordinator during the development of their education plans to learn about the requirements of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Child Development Permit Process.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be Eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • ability to pass the Criminal Record Clearance or receive an exemption proving eligibility to work with children
  • test negative for tuberculosis

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • provide service in the care, development, and education of children in early care and education settings.
  • supervise a child care and development program operating at a single site (with appropriate experience); provide service in the care, development, and instruction of children in a child care and development program; serve as coordinator of curriculum and development.
  • supervise assistants, aides, and teachers in private early care and education settings; supervise Assistant, Associate, Teacher, and Master Teacher Permit holders after receiving the Site Supervisor Permit.
  • create a developmentally appropriate learning environment for children in early care and education settings.
  • assess the development of children for the purposes of curriculum planning and implementation; compare and contrast the development of typical children to those with atypical development.
  • demonstrate knowledge of best practices in guidance, curriculum selection, and health and safety for early care and education settings.
  • recognize the importance of early childhood as a unique time in children’s development that requires specialized developmentally appropriate activities, routines, interactions, and guidance.
  • distinguish developmentally appropriate practices from other types of teaching strategies.
  • cite and define the developmental learning outcomes of activities offered to children in their early care and education setting.
  • recognize, respect, and integrate the individualized needs of the diverse children and families into their early care and education program.
  • prioritize, organize, and manage the logistics of an early care and education setting including staff training, evaluation, budget, and public relations.
  • facilitate and support the professional development of staff under their supervision.

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

The Early Childhood Education Administration Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60- unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.