Early Childhood Education

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.S.-T. in Early Childhood Education

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer is designed to provide a clearly articulated curricular track for Sacramento City College students preparing to transfer in Child Development or Early Childhood Education while also serving the diverse needs of students interested in the breadth and depth of the field. Additionally, this program will expose students to the core principles and practices of the field in order to build a foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational paths. In addition to transfer, this foundation would be appropriate for students working in early care and development programs.

The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) student completion requirements (as stated in SB1440 law):

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

(2) 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.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
1st Semester:
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development 3
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
2nd Semester:
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
3rd semester:
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation and Documentation 3
4th semester:
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
Total Units: 26

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (AS-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Enrollment Eligibility

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

  • students should be aware they will need to show proof of negative Tuberculosis as well as immunizations or immunity to Tetanus, Pertussis, and Diphtheria. Annual flu shots or physician's exemption from the flu shot are also required prior to volunteering or being employed to work with children.
  • have the ability to pass a background check through the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to employment. Exemptions are granted by the Department of Social Services and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing on an individual basis.

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • students should meet with the Early Childhood Education Coordinator prior to declaring this major.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate foundational knowledge of child development and the socializing factors in childrens' lives.
  • model appropriate interactions with children in an early care and education setting with the guidance and support of more experienced staff.
  • integrate knowledge of the theories of high quality appropriate care and education of young children into their coursework and teaching interactions with young children.

Career Information

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer is designed for transfer to a California State University. Students completing the degree would be prepared to work as teachers in an early care and education program.

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Child Development with ECE Emphasis

This program provides preparation for employment in early care and education settings and for further study in child development. The coursework includes foundational courses in the field including the areas of typical and atypical development, the ecology of childhood, culture, and developmentally appropriate practices. This degree was designed in collaboration with the Child Development faculty of California State University Sacramento to provide a foundation for transfer into the Child Development program at CSUS for students specializing in Early Childhood Education. Students are advised to meet with the Early Childhood Education Coordinator during the development of their education plan to learn about the requirements of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Child Development Permit process as well as the opportunities to transfer into the California State University Sacramento Child Development Department with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development 3
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 400 Children with Exceptional Needs (3) 3
   or ECE 402 Infants with Atypical Development (3)
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
ECE 322 Promoting Children's Social Competence (3)
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation and Documentation (3)
ECE 330 Infant and Toddler Development (3)
ECE 342 Constructive Math and Science in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 343 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood (3)
ECE 350 Introduction to Elementary Teaching with Field Experience (3)
ECE 360 Art and Music in Early Childhood (3)
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
Total Units: 32

The Child Development with ECE Emphasis 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.

Enrollment Eligibility

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

  • students should be aware they will need to show proof of negative Tuberculosis as well as immunizations or immunity to Tetanus, Pertussis, and Diphtheria. Annual flu shots or physician's exemption from the flu shot are also required prior to volunteering or being employed to work with children.
  • have the ability to pass a background check through the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to employment. Exemptions are granted by the Department of Social Services and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing on an individual basis.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • provide service in the care, development, and education of culturally and linguistically diverse children in early care and education settings.
  • demonstrate knowledge of typical and atypical development of children and the many factors influencing development.
  • compare and contrast developmentally appropriate educational practices with those that are inappropriate.
  • evaluate and assess research, curriculum, program practices, developmental assessments, and other issues in the field of child development and early childhood education.

Career Information

Students receiving an A.A. degree in Child Development are eligible for employment in the diverse early care and education field. Students who successfully complete this program may serve as educators in classrooms or as employees in other settings that require knowledge of child development and best practices in early care and education. This degree prepares students for further study in child development by offering foundational theoretical courses.


A.A. in Early Childhood Education Administration

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 settings licensed by the California State Department of Social Services. Experience working in early care and education is usually required for administrative positions.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development 3
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 322 Promoting Children's Social Competence 3
ECE 400 Children with Exceptional Needs (3) 3
   or ECE 402 Infants with Atypical Development (3)
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
ECE 420 Administration I: Programs in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 422 Administration II: Personnel and Leadership in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 424 Adult Supervision: Mentoring in a Collaborative Learning Setting 2
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ECE 343 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood (3)
   or ECE 342 Constructive Math and Science in Early Childhood Education (3)
   or ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation and Documentation (3)
   or ECE 302 Computer Skills for Educators (3)
   or ECE 360 Art and Music in Early Childhood (3)
Total Units: 40

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.

Enrollment Eligibility

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

  • students should be aware they will need to show proof of negative Tuberculosis as well as immunizations or immunity to Tetanus, Pertussis, and Diphtheria. Annual flu shots or physician's exemption from the flu shot are also required prior to volunteering or being employed to work with children.
  • have the ability to pass a background check through the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to employment. Exemptions are granted by the Department of Social Services and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing on an individual basis.

Student Learning Outcomes

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.

Career Information

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 practices for programs. Students are advised to meet with the Early Childhood 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.


A.A. in Early Childhood Education Teacher

The Early Childhood Education Teacher A.A. Degree provides preparation for employment as a teacher in early care and education settings. Upon completion of the degree students will be eligible for the Teacher Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The coursework in this program focuses on typical and atypical development, the culture and ecology of children and its relationship to learning, curriculum development, assessment, and program planning and implementation.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development 3
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 322 Promoting Children's Social Competence (3) 3
   or ECE 400 Children with Exceptional Needs (3)
ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation and Documentation 3
ECE 342 Constructive Math and Science in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 343 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood 3
ECE 360 Art and Music in Early Childhood 3
ECE 419 Healthy Young Children in Group Care 1
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
Total Units: 36

The Early Childhood Education Teacher 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.

Enrollment Eligibility

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

  • students should be aware they will need to show proof of negative Tuberculosis as well as immunizations or immunity to Tetanus, Pertussis, and Diphtheria. Annual flu shots or physician's exemption from the flu shot are also required prior to volunteering or being employed to work with children.
  • have the ability to pass a background check through the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to employment. Exemptions are granted by the Department of Social Services and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing on an individual basis.

Student Learning Outcomes

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 assistants and aides as well work with parents and volunteers in early care and education settings.
  • 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 with 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 diverse children and families, including children with special needs, into their early care and education setting.

Career Information

Students with the Early Childhood Education Teacher A.A. Degree are eligible for employment as teachers in early care and education programs. With the addition of an Infant Certificate or a School Age Certificate, they are also able to work with those specific age groups in care and education settings. Additional administration units are required to manage a program. Students are advised to meet with the Early Childhood 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.

Certificates of Achievement

Family Child Care Certificate

This program prepares students to operate early care and education programs within their own homes. The courses listed exceed the course requirements for the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing. Students may wish to learn more about specific age groups by enrolling in additional courses focusing on infancy, preschool, or school age children.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 305 Introduction to Family Child Care 1
ECE 312 Child Development 3
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education (4) 1 - 4
   or ECE 498 Work Experience in Early Childhood Education (1 -4)
ECE 322 Promoting Children's Social Competence (3) 3
   or ECE 400 Children with Exceptional Needs (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ECE 342 Constructive Math and Science in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 343 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood (3)
ECE 360 Art and Music in Early Childhood (3)
Total Units: 20 - 23

Enrollment Eligibility

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

  • students should be aware they will need to show proof of negative Tuberculosis as well as immunizations or immunity to Tetanus, Pertussis, and Diphtheria. Annual flu shots or physician's exemption from the flu shot are also required prior to volunteering or being employed to work with children.
  • have the ability to pass a background check through the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to employment. Exemptions are granted by the Department of Social Services and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing on an individual basis.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • research the feasibility of opening a family child care business in their home.
  • design the policy and regulations for their family child care home.
  • organize and plan a developmentally appropriate program for the children attending the family child care home.
  • operate within the regulations of the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing for their family child care home.
  • explain and describe to their potential clients the learning outcomes for the children attending their family child care home.
  • supervise and guide assistants.

Career Information

Students completing this certificate will have the required units to open and operate a family child care business in their homes. Community Care Licensing requires additional background checks, home inspection, etc. before a provider may become licensed to provide care in their home. These courses are also acceptable for work in licensed centers and count toward the Child Development Permit.


Infant Care and Education Teacher Certificate

This program provides preparation for employment in early care and education settings. The program meets the course requirements for staff at the teacher level working with infants in private early care and education settings licensed by the California State Department of Social Services. Students will also have appropriate units for an Associate Teacher Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 312 Child Development 3
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 322 Promoting Children's Social Competence 3
ECE 331 Care and Education of Infants and Toddlers (3) 3
   or ECE 402 Infants with Atypical Development (3)
ECE 334 Laboratory with Infants and Toddlers (1) 1
   or ECE 419 Healthy Young Children in Group Care (1)
ECE 400 Children with Exceptional Needs (3) 3
   or ECE 402 Infants with Atypical Development (3)
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
Total Units: 22

Enrollment Eligibility

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

  • students should be aware they will need to show proof of negative Tuberculosis as well as immunizations or immunity to Tetanus, Pertussis, and Diphtheria. Annual flu shots or physician's exemption from the flu shot are also required prior to volunteering or being employed to work with children.
  • have the ability to pass a background check through the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to employment. Exemptions are granted by the Department of Social Services and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing on an individual basis.

Student Learning Outcomes

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 with a special emphasis on working with children from birth to three years of age.
  • supervise assistants and aides in private early care and education settings.
  • 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 (emphasis on infancy) 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 and explain and define the developmental learning outcomes of activities offered to children in their care.
  • distinguish the unique needs of children less than three years of age from those older in areas of health, safety, environmental design, curriculum design, and social and emotional development.
  • show appreciation and support for parents of diverse cultures in the parent/child relationship and for the parent's knowledge of child development and care.

Career Information

Students with the Infant Care and Education Teacher Certificate are eligible for employment as teachers with infants in private early care and education programs. Students are advised to meet with the Early Childhood Education Coordinator during the development of their education plan to learn about the requirements of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Child Development Permit Process.


School-Age Care and Education Teacher Certificate

This program provides preparation for employment in school-age care and education settings in before and after school programs. The program meets the course requirements for staff at the teacher level in private school-age care and education settings licensed by the California State Department of Social Services. There is an alternative degree in Education Studies for students working to transfer for a teaching credential.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 312 Child Development 3
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 322 Promoting Children's Social Competence (3) 3
   or ECE 400 Children with Exceptional Needs (3)
ECE 350 Introduction to Elementary Teaching with Field Experience (3) 3 - 4
   or ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 419 Healthy Young Children in Group Care 1
ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
EDUC 360 Working with the School-Age Child 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education (4)
ECE 322 Promoting Children's Social Competence (3)
ECE 342 Constructive Math and Science in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 343 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood (3)
ECE 360 Art and Music in Early Childhood (3)
ECE 400 Children with Exceptional Needs (3)
ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
Total Units: 22 - 23

Enrollment Eligibility

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

  • students should be aware they will need to show proof of negative Tuberculosis as well as immunizations or immunity to Tetanus, Pertussis, and Diphtheria. Annual flu shots or physician's exemption from the flu shot are also required prior to volunteering or being employed to work with children.
  • have the ability to pass a background check through the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to employment. Exemptions are granted by the Department of Social Services and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing on an individual basis.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • provide service in the care, development, and education of children in school-age care and education settings.
  • supervise assistants and aides in private school-age care and education settings.
  • create a developmentally appropriate learning environment for children in school-age 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 school-age care and education settings.
  • recognize the importance of 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 school-age care and education setting.
  • recognize and respect the diversity of the cultures of children and families in early care and education programs.
  • integrate the activities of before or after-school programs with the activities and academic work of the children's school day.

Career Information

Students with the School-Age Care and Education Teacher Certificate are eligible for employment as teachers in private school-age care and education before and after school programs. Students are advised to meet with the Early Childhood Education Coordinator during the development of their education plan to learn about the requirements of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Child Development Permit Process. The School-Age Care and Education Teacher Certificate offers opportunities that would be excellent preparation for transfer into a K-12 teacher preparation program or a career in recreation programs for children.