Early Childhood Education Associate in Arts Degree

PROGRAM CODE: 2A16838

The Early Childhood Education Associate in Arts Degree (ECE AA), provides students with preparation for employment working with children from birth through age 8 in early care and education programs, public and private preschools, and children’s centers. The ECE AA courses meet the basic course requirements for teachers in private preschools licensed by the California State Department of Social Services. With the completion of the ECE AA degree and the required minimum number of field experience hours, the student will be able to apply for the Title V Child Development Permit at the Associate Teacher level. In many of the courses included in the ECE AA degree, students study, observe and learn utilizing the Child Development Laboratory Instructional Classrooms. A grade of C or better is required in each course taken. The total number of CDES units in this program is 23. (See catalog for General Education requirements).

Required Courses (23 units):
CDES 115 F Introduction to Early Childhood Education Curriculum3
CDES 120 FChild Development3
CDES 122 F Principles of Early Childhood Education3
CDES 125 F Observation and Assessment for Early Learning and Development3
CDES 201 F Child in the Home and Community3
CDES 210 F Anti-Bias Perspective/Diversity Seminar3
CDES 121 F Introduction to Early Childhood Education: The Assistant Teacher3
or CDES 225 F Early Childhood Student Teaching Practicum
Restricted Electives (4 units):4
Art Education in Early Childhood (formerly CDES 123AF)2
Literacy and Language in Early Childhood2
Science and Math Education in Early Childhood (formerly CDES 123CF)2
Music Education in Early Childhood (formerly CDES 123DF)2
Total Units25

Outcome 1: Know and understand the established as well as recent theories of child development.


Outcome 2: Recognize and challenge issues of bias that children, individuals and families experience, therefore generating a comprehensive portfolio of the student’s journey becoming an anti-bias educator that includes academic journals and evidence of further research from multiple perspectives.


Outcome 3: Analyze and think critically about the teacher’s comprehensive role in early learning and development settings.


Outcome 4: Design quality early childhood programs and curriculum.