ADT in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education focuses on the teaching and care of young children by providing the theoretical background of child development and developmentally appropriate practices of education of young children. Students who complete this degree may enter with junior status to the California State University system, and will be given priority admission to our local CSU campus.

A.S.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Early Childhood Education A.S.-Transfer Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, and apply theories of early childhood education and child development.
  2. Demonstrate global consciousness as they work with diverse cultures, families, and individuals and teach children.
  3. Acquire knowledge and foundational teaching skills necessary to work in the teaching profession.
  4. Apply effective guidance and teaching strategies that support social growth, learning and identity development, and promote self-confidence.
  5. Design, implement and evaluate environments and activities that support positive relationships, social skills and learning outcomes for children.
  6. Apply ethical standards and professional behaviors that demonstrate an understanding knowledge, and a deepening commitment to the child development profession and early childhood education.

Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following 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.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 

Required courses:
CHLD 112Principles of Early Childhood Education I3
CHLD 114Home-Child-Community Relations3
CHLD 116Introduction to Curriculum3
CHLD 144Health, Safety and Nutrition for Young Children3
CHLD 150Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
CHLD 154Observing and Recording Behavior3
PSY 206Child Growth and Development3
Required practicum (fieldwork) course and lab:
CHLD 156Practicum in Early Childhood Education2
CHLD 156LPracticum Lab1
Total Units24

2-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Co-requisite MATH course (2 units) and/or substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
PSY 206 Child Growth and Development 3
CHLD 112 Principles of Early Childhood Education I 3
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
COUN 160
Strategies for College Success
or Pathways to Careers in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
or Fitness for Life
or Health and Wellness in Society
or Health and Wellness in Society - Honors
or Introduction to Nutrition
Winter Term 1
MATH 165
Introductory Statistics
or Introductory Statistics - Honors
Spring Term 1
CHLD 114 Home-Child-Community Relations 3
CHLD 116 Introduction to Curriculum 3
ENGL 103
Composition and Critical Thinking
or Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors
or Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking
or Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking - Honors
or Philosophy/Logic
SPCH 100
Interpersonal Communication
or Interpersonal Communication - Honors
or Public Address
or Public Address - Honors
or Small Group Communication
Summer Term 1
POLI 103
American Government and Politics
or American Government and Politics - Honors
ARCH 250
History of Architecture: Prehistory to Mannerism
or History of Architecture: Baroque to the Present Day
or Art History - Fundamentals of Global Art History
or Art History - Topics in Contemporary Art
or History of Photography
or Introduction to the Visual Arts
or Motion Picture Appreciation
or Motion Picture Appreciation - Honors
or History of Dance
or History of Rock and Roll
or Introduction to Theatre Arts
or Introduction to Theatre Arts - Honors
Fall Term 2
CHLD 154 Observing and Recording Behavior 3
CHLD 150 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
ANTH 212 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH 212L Introduction to Physical Anthropology Lab 1
HIST 107
History of the United States before 1877
or History of the United States before 1877 - Honors
or History of the United States since 1877
or History of the United States since 1877 - Honors
or History of Women in the United States
Winter Term 2
ETHN 101
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
or Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
Spring Term 2
CHLD 156 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 2
CHLD 156L Practicum Lab 1
CHLD 144 Health, Safety and Nutrition for Young Children 3
ASTR 115
Planetary Astronomy
or Planetary Astronomy - Honors
or Life In The Universe
or Physical Oceanography
or Introduction to Forest Ecology
or Physical Geography
or Introduction to Weather and Climate
ENGL 293
Children's Literature
or Children's Literature - Honors
 Total Units63

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.