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Early Childhood Education for Transfer Degree (AS-T)

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (AS-T) degree is designed to facilitate transfer to a California State University in keeping with SB 1440. This degree reflects the Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) supported by the Statewide Academic Senate. A total of 24 units are required to fulfill the major portion of this degree. Students must also complete the California State University (CSU) General Education Breadth requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) (see the “General Education Requirements and Transfer Information” section of the catalog). Students planning to transfer to SDSU should consult with a counselor.

The following requirements must be met to be awarded an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (AS-T) degree:

  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 Requirement.
    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. Students are also required to earn a “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in all courses required for the major.

The Child Development Program is designed to provide courses which lead toward an Associate Degree and/or Certificate in Child Development and meet the requirements of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. It emphasizes program and curriculum planning for children from infancy through school age, guidance techniques, special needs of children and families, creative learning, health and safety education, administration of child development programs and current issues in the field.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program. Students will:

  1. Analyze and apply principles of scientific research to the study of human development; integrate and apply current theory and research to the observation, documentation, and unbiased analysis of human behaviors.
  2. Formulate practical applications of theory and research to developmentally appropriate practice in varying contexts: personal, classroom, agency and community.
  3. Critically examine societal and personal attitudes, beliefs, values and assumptions towards the diverse contexts of child and human development including: ethnicity, gender, language, family structure, socio-economic status, age and ability.
  4. Compare and examine differing social, economic, political, historical, cultural and family contexts and their effect on human development; demonstrate effective advocacy techniques related to current social issues pertaining to children, adults, and families.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
CD-123Principles and Practices of Programs and Curriculum for Young Children3
CD-125Child Growth and Development3
CD-130Curriculum: Design and Implementation3
CD-131Child, Family and Community3
CD-134Health, Safety and Nutrition of Young Children3
CD-153Teaching in a Diverse Society3
CD-212Practicum in Early Childhood Education3
CD-213Observation and Assessment3
Units for the major24
Plus General Education Requirements (CSU GE or IGETC)37-39
Total Units60

Complete transferable units as needed to reach 60.

Students completing IGETC may be awarded the degree, but they must complete a course from Area 1C: Oral Communication to meet CSU admission requirements.