Early Childhood Education, A.S.-T

An Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education for Transfer will fulfill the requirements for students to transfer to a four-year college or university as a Early Childhood Education major. 


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CSU: General Education Option B

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
CDE-110 Child Development 3
CDE-101 Principles of Early Childhood Education 3
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
BIOL-115 Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology) 4
HIST-160 Black History in the American Context 3
Spring Semester 1
CDE-125 Child, Family and Community 3
CDE-103 Appropriate Curricula for Young Children 3
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
CDE-131 Children's Literature 3
MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics 3
Summer 1
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to American Government and Politics  
U.S. History to 1877  
U.S. History Since 1865  
Fall Semester 2
CDE-147 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education 3
CDE-118 Teaching in a Diverse Society (formerly Diversity and Equity in Early Childhood) 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish I 4
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
Spring Semester 2
CDE-111 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
CDE-148 Supervised Field Experience: Student Teaching 3
ENVS-100 Humans and Scientific Inquiry 3
MUS-109 World Music 3
 Total Units63

Language Requirement:  Some CSU's require the equivalency of an intermediate language proficiency for graduation. Please see a counselor for more detail regarding specific CSU major and graduation requirements. 

Course Title Credits
Required Core Courses
CDE-101Principles of Early Childhood Education3
CDE-103Appropriate Curricula for Young Children3
CDE-110Child Development3
or CDE-110H Honors Child Development
CDE-111Child Health, Safety and Nutrition3
CDE-118Teaching in a Diverse Society (formerly Diversity and Equity in Early Childhood)3
CDE-125Child, Family and Community3
or CDE-125H Honors Child, Family and Community
CDE-147Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education3
CDE-148Supervised Field Experience: Student Teaching3
Total Units24
Course Title Credits
Units for Major24
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern37-39
Possible double counting: 6 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 CSU transferable units)

Total Units for A.S.-T Degree: 60 units

The overall requirements for this Associates Degree for Transfer (ADT) can be met by:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).
  • Completion of California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements (CSUGE)  or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Completion of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is acceptable if pass is defined as a grade of C or better. ADTs are intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. A student completing an ADT is guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not a particular campus or major. Students should meet with a counselor to develop a comprehensive educational plan to further understand university and transfer requirements.

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