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Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge and instruction that will promote their understanding of the child’s development from birth through age eight. Classes will prepare students to understand and successfully interact with children, and to enter a variety of professions serving children and their families. Many of the instructors in this program currently manage their own schools, therefore providing practical information and experience as well as teaching an excellent theoretical basis. Experience in the field is required through coursework to provide a solid and thorough educational experience.
The Early Childhood Education certificate is designed to prepare students for employment as aides, teachers, directors, and entrepreneurs in preschools, child care centers (including infant/toddler facilities), and family child care programs. Courses are also appropriate for parents, nannies, camp counselors, recreation leaders, elementary teaching assistants, social service and health care practitioners, administrators and others working with young children.
The ECE program offers coursework required by the State of California Department of Social Services and for licensing by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the Child Development Permit. See box below for the specific coursework and requirements.
Early Childhood Education
Classes offered at LTCC meeting California State Licensing and Child Development Permit requirements (All units listed are quarter units):
California State Licensing:
Child Development Permit (Educational requirements):
Gainful Employment Information (Early Childhood Education)
Related Occupations: Child Development/Early Care and Education, Child Care Provider/Assistant, Child Care Workers
To protect student confidentiality no information on "On Time Completion Rates" is reported in programs where fewer than 10 certificates were awarded in a school year.
The Early Childhood Education AS-T degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus, but not to a particular campus or major. Students completing the AS-T degree in Early Childhood Education will be able to transfer to the California State University system. More information can be found on page 49. Students are strongly encouraged to see a counselor if considering this transfer option.
To obtain the Associate in Science for Transfer degree in Early Childhood Education, students must complete the following requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0:
- The Early Childhood Education AS-T major requirements, completed with a grade of “C” or better.
- The California State University General Education
– Breadth (CSU-GE) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements.
- Any needed transferable electives to reach a total of 90 CSU transferable quarter units.