Early Childhood Education Associate in Science Degree for Transfer

PROGRAM CODE: 2S36563

The Associate in Science for Transfer in Early Childhood Education, also called the ECE AS-T, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor's degrees in Early Childhood Education. Ed Code Section 66746-66749 states students earning the Early Childcare Education AS-T degree will be granted priority for admission as an Early Childcare Education major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 24 units in the major, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students earn a grade of C or better in all major coursework. A P (Pass) grade is an acceptable grade for a course in the major only if the P is defined to be equivalent to a C or better. There are no additional graduation requirements. The ECE AS-T Degree requires a total of 24 units of required courses as listed below. The program is designed to prepare students for working with young children from birth through the age of 8 and for employment in child development programs, public and private pre-schools, and children's centers.

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees, and there are no additional graduation requirements:

  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:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
    2. 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.
  3. ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A P (Pass) grade is an acceptable grade for a course in the major only if the P is defined to be equivalent to a C or better.
Required Core Courses (24 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 215 F Health, Safety, Food, and Nutrition for Children3
CDES 225 F Early Childhood Student Teaching Practicum3
Total Units24

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.


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


Outcome 4: Recognize and evaluate the interrelationships of the child, family, school and greater community.


Outcome 5: Apply human development theory to observation and practice.


Outcome 6: Design and implement quality early childhood programs and curriculum.