Early Childhood Education

This program offers a hands-on approach to learning skills in working with young children from birth through the age of 12. Certificates and degrees have been designed to prepare students for employment at the various levels within privately funded child care centers and publicly funded child development programs. The program meets the course requirements for teachers and directors of private child care programs licensed by the California State Department of Social Services (Title 22). In addition, the program meets the coursework requirements for the Child Development Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Training and experience in Early Childhood Education provides several career options.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Communication: Develop and refine both non-verbal and verbal communication skills to enhance professionalism when working with children, families, and co-workers in the child care field.
  2. Critical Thinking: Evaluate and analyze the use of different developmental theories and instructional strategies that encourage development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills when working with children and families.
  3. Personal and Social Responsibility: Students will learn and practice professional ethics, personal and social responsibility, and effective team membership in their work as child care professionals.

Degrees and Certificates

Early Childhood Education Associate in Science
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses for Major
First Semester:
ECE 1APrinciples and Practices of Teaching Young Children3
ECE 3Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 11Observation and Assessment 3
Second Semester:
ECE 1BIntroduction to Curriculum3
ECE 31Child, Family, Community3
ECE 46Practicum-Field Experience-Preschool3
Third and Fourth Semesters:
Additional ECE Electives6
Total units for degree
24
Additional Recommended Course
ECE 2AAdministration of Children's Centers3
Early Childhood Education Associate in Science for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (AS-T) provides the opportunity for student to complete their freshman/sophomore level classes needed for a Bachelor’s degree in ECE with the California State University System.

Students must complete a minimum of 18 semester units in the major or area of emphasis, as determined by the Yuba Community College District. In addition to the major requirements, students seeking the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer must fulfill CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC requirements, complete 60 units of CSU transferable coursework, and complete all degree-applicable courses with a C or better. Note that all courses required for the major are CSU transferable and can count towards the 60 units and the GE-Breadth or IGETC requirements.

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses for Major
ECE 1APrinciples and Practices of Teaching Young Children3
ECE 1BIntroduction to Curriculum3
ECE 3Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 10Health, Safety, and Nutrition3
ECE 11Observation and Assessment 3
ECE 27Teaching in a Diverse Society3
ECE 31Child, Family, Community3
ECE 46
or ECE 46A
or ECE 46B
Practicum Field Experience - Preschool
or Practicum Field Experience - Infant/Toddler
or Practicum Field Experience - School Age Children
3
Total units required
24
Total units that can be double-counted
6
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern
37-39
Additional transferable elective units (if needed)
3-5
Degree Total
60
Early Childhood Education Associate Teacher Certificate of Achievement

The 4 courses required for the 12-unit Early Childhood Education Associate Teacher are required to possess the California Child Development (Associate Teacher) Permit issued by Commission on Teacher Credentialing. After completing required coursework of 12 total units and 50 days of 3+ hours per day experience within 2 years, apply for the permit online at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/CREDS/child-dev-permits.html.

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses
ECE 1APrinciples and Practices of Teaching Young Children3
ECE 1BIntroduction to Curriculum3
ECE 3Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 31Child, Family, Community3
Total units required:
12
Child Development Teacher Certificate of Achievement

These programs are required to possess the California Child Development (Teacher) Permit issued by Commission on Teacher Credentialing. After completing required course work of 40 total units and 175 days of experience, apply for the permit at local county schools office.

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses
ECE 1APrinciples and Practices of Teaching Young Children3
ECE 1BIntroduction to Curriculum3
ECE 1C*Positive Social Development in Young Child 3
ECE 3Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 7A*
or ECE 7B*
Creative Materials
or Worldwide Arts for Children
3
ECE 10*Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
ECE 11*Observation and Assessment3
ECE 31Child, Family, Community3
ECE 46*Practicum Field Experience - Preschool 3
ECE 2AAdministration of Children's Centers3
Total units required:
27
Plus General Education Electives16 diversified units with at least one course in each of the following General Education (graduation requirement) areas: Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics or Natural Science, and English 1A.
ExperienceIn addition to specified courses, 175 days (3 or more hours per day) of experience. Renewals are issued for five-years with verification of 105 hours of professional development.
*NOTE:ECE 1C, 7A/7B, 10, 11, and 46 are required for the certificate only. The Child Development Teacher Permit can be obtained with ANY 12 ECE elective units after completion of ECE 3, 31, 1A, 1B.
Infant and Toddler Certificate of Achievement

This certificate will prepare students to work in the child care field, focusing on infants and toddlers, including California State funded and Head Start programs. Other Infant Toddler career positions can be found in private homes, child development centers, and human service agencies. This Certificate of Achievement can be used as an ECE Specialization when combined with the Child Development Certificate of Achievement and ECE 37 (Adult Supervision). Students can then apply for the Child Development Master Teacher Permit issued by the Commission on Teaching Credentialing. For the Master Teacher Permit, 350 days of 3 or more hours per day of experience is required.

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses
ECE 1APrinciples and Practices of Teaching Young Children3
ECE 1BIntroduction to Curriculum3
ECE 3Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 10Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
ECE 11Observation and Assessment3
ECE 31Child, Family, Community3
ECE 33Infants and Toddlers3
ECE 46Practicum Field Experience - Preschool 3
Total units required:
24
Additional Recommended Courses:
ECE 17Introduction to Children with Special Needs3
ECE 23Cultural Diversity in ECE Classrooms0.5
School Age Children Certificate of Achievement
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses
ECE 1APrinciples and Practices of Teaching Young Children3
ECE 1BIntroduction to Curriculum3
ECE 3Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 7ACreative Materials3
ECE 11Observation and Assessment3
ECE 14The School Age Child 3
ECE 31Child, Family, Community3
ECE 46Practicum Field Experience - Preschool3
Additional ECE Electives3
Total units required:
27
Additional Recommended Courses
ECE 1CPositive Social Development in Young Child 3
ECE 5Physical Activities for Young Children1
ECE 25 Group Experiences in Outdoor Environment3

Courses

ECE 1A – Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children
An examination of the underlying theoretical principles of developmentally appropriate practices applied to programs, environments, emphasizing the key role of relationships, constructive adult-child interactions, and teaching strategies in supporting physical, social, creative and intellectual development for all children. This course includes a review of the historical roots of early childhood programs and the evolution of the professional practices promoting advocacy, ethics and professional identity. (L)

ECE 1B – Introduction to Curriculum
This course presents an overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for young children from birth to age six. Students will examine teacher’s role in supporting development and fostering the joy of learning for all young children using observation and assessment strategies emphasizing the essential role of play. An overview of content areas will include but not be limited to: Language and literacy, social and emotional learning, sensory learning, art and creativity, math and science. (L)

ECE 1C – Positive Social Development in Young Child
Designed to help teachers and caregivers of young children to establish relationships with children and apply principles of behavior management. Basic principles include helping young children develop positive self-esteem, enter into group play, form friendships and learn prosocial behavior. (L)

ECE 2A – Administration of Children’s Centers
Administrative skills, knowledge, and techniques needed to organize and operate a child development center. Emphasis on budget, program management, regulatory laws, development of policies and procedures. (L)

ECE 2B – Administration of Children’s Centers
This course examines administrative skills, knowledge and techniques needed for effective supervision to organize, manage and operate a child development center. This includes staff development and staff relations. There will be an emphasis on the role of program director, site supervisor or owner while studying management theory, budget, personnel policies, procedures, regulatory laws, working with families and professional ethics and growth. (L)

ECE 3 – Child Growth and Development
This course examines the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. There will be an emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages. Designed as a foundation course for careers in ECE, Education, Human Services, Health and related fields. (L)

ECE 5 – Physical Activities for Young Children
Designed to give adults working with preschool and school-age children a variety of hands on activities useful in creating stimulating outdoor environments. Students will practice using equipment like bean bags and hula hoops as well as becoming familiar with games from diverse ethnic groups. Not open for credit to student with credit in PE 5. (L)

ECE 6 – Early Childhood Language Development
Language development and influences in early childhood including theories of language acquisition, interrelatedness of growth, stages of development, and appropriate curriculum for enhancing speaking, listening, pre-reading, and pre-writing skills. (L)

ECE 7A – Creative Materials
Creative activities for young children (2-8 years old) including the planning and implementation of painting, drawing, printmaking, weaving, stitchery, batik, collage, sculpture, puppet-making, and modeling materials. Not open for credit to student with credit in Art 7 or Art 7A. (L)

ECE 7B – Worldwide Arts for Children
Multicultural/ethnic art activities for young children including planning and integrating projects across the curriculum. Construction of age-appropriate art objects representative of cultures and regions in West Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Mexico, Central America, South America, Caribbean Islands, the United States and Canada. Not open for credit to student with credit in ART 23 or ART 7B. (L)

ECE 9 – Children’s Cooking Activities
Process of cooking as it relates to the developmentally oriented early childhood curriculum; cooking activities that promote language acquisition, cognitive development, psycho-motor skills, and social and emotional growth. Includes the importance of good nutrition education and how to prepare nutritious snacks and simple meals. (L)

ECE 10 – Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Introduction to the laws, regulations, standards, policies and procedures and early childhood curriculum related to child health, safety, and nutrition. The key components that ensure physical health, mental health, and safety for both children and staff will be identified along with the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals. Focus on integrating the concepts into everyday planning and program development for all children. (L)

ECE 11 – Observation and Assessment
This course focuses on the appropriate use of assessment and observation strategies to document development, growth, play and learning to join with families and professionals in promoting children’s success. Recording strategies, rating systems, portfolios, and multiple assessment tools are explored. Child observations will be conducted and analyzed. (L)

ECE 12 – Science for Young Children
Designed to provide teachers and caregivers of young children with principles of appropriate science curriculum. Emphasis on informal science experiences and the cognitive connections made by young children as they observe, manipulate, process and communicate. Classroom organization and management, readily found materials and connections with other curriculum areas are also included. (L)

ECE 14 – The School Age Child
Developmental characteristics and needs of the 5 – 12 year old child at home or in a group care setting: includes developmental stages, program environment, developmentally appropriate curriculum, activities and materials, meeting the needs of families, classroom management, communication techniques, administrative requirements, skills, and characteristics of caregivers. (L)

ECE 16 – Preschool Music Activities
Provides a foundation for musical experiences to involve young children in music by developing listening skills, movement, singing, playing an instrument, and incorporating the three basic elements of rhythm, melody, and harmony. Students build a resource file and create developmentally appropriate lesson plans that include music activities for transitions and cultural diversity. Introduces a variety of instruments appropriate for young children. (L)

ECE 17 – Introduction to Children with Special Needs
Introduces the variations in development of children with special needs ages birth through eight and the resulting impact on families. Includes an overview of historical and societal influences, laws relating to children with special needs, and the identification and referral process. (L)

ECE 18 – Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs
Covers curriculum and intervention strategies for working with children with special needs in partnership with their families. Focuses on the use of observation and assessment in meeting the individualized needs of children in inclusive and natural environments. Includes the role of the teacher as a professional working with families, collaboration with interdisciplinary teams, and cultural competence. (L)

ECE 21 – Music Skills for Pre-Ed Majors
Development and application of basic music skills; study of notation, rhythm, melody, harmony, keyboard, recorder, and autoharp. For education majors and others who have no previous experience in reading or playing music notation. At least one hour per week of music skills drill required. Not open to students with credit in MUSIC I. (L)

ECE 22 – Developing Number Concepts
This course focuses on ways adults can help make mathematical concepts meaningful to preschool and kindergarten children rather than emphasizing counting and number recognition. Students will explore and construct various games and activities for the early childhood classroom and home. Grade are P/NP. (L,M)

ECE 25 – Group Experiences in Outdoor Environment
Developing creative outdoor learning environments including playgrounds, activities and cooperative games. Circle time or daily planned group experiences will also be explored and developed through integrated, thematic instruction. (L)

ECE 27 – Teaching in a Diverse Society
Examination of the development of social identities in diverse societies including theoretical and practical implications of oppression and privilege as they apply to young children, families, programs, classrooms and teaching. Various classroom strategies will be explored emphasizing culturally and linguistically appropriate anti-bias approaches supporting all children in becoming competent members of a diverse society. Course includes self-examination and reflection on issues related to social identity, stereotypes and bias, social and educational access, media and schooling. (L)

ECE 31 – Child, Family, Community
An examination of the developing child in a societal context focusing on the interrelationship of family, school and community and emphasizes historical and socio-cultural factors. The processes of socialization and identity development will be highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. (L)

ECE 32 – Parenting
Techniques and advice encouraging a positive parenting style and effective child-rearing procedures, interaction patterns and levels of communication between family members and caregivers. (L)

ECE 33 – Infants and Toddlers
Introduction to infants and toddlers birth to three years old, including growth and development through an understanding of biology and environment. Emphasis will be placed on the appreciation of the interrelatedness of theory, research, and application and consider infants and toddlers in group care situations, multicultural approaches to care, and infants-toddlers with special needs. (L)

ECE 35 – Parents as Partners
An in-depth study of the relationship between parents, teachers and children in the education process. Topics include communication skills necessary for parent-teacher conferences, increasing parent volunteer involvement, family lifestyles, families with special needs, leadership and advocacy. Intended for experienced teachers. (L)

ECE 37 – Adult Supervision
Methods and principles of supervising student teachers in the ECE classrooms. Emphasis is on the role of experienced classroom teachers who function as mentors to new teachers while simultaneously addressing the needs of children, parents, and other staff. Satisfies adult supervision requirements for the State Department of Social Services. (L)

ECE 39 – Children’s Literature
An introduction to children’s literature: history, elements, and types of books of interest to children from birth through eight years old. Students will read, share, and plan activities around classical, cultural, and award-winning books. Methods of selecting and evaluating books will be applied. Not open for credit to students with credit in ENGL 39. (L)

ECE 41 – Child Guidance and Discipline
Introduces the major theories of social, emotional, and moral development with particular emphasis placed on the implications of the utilization of a developmental approach to child guidance and discipline in the preschool setting. Grades are P/NP. (L)

ECE 42 – Infant/Toddler Development
A study of infants and toddlers from pre-conception to age three including physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional growth and development. Applies theoretical frameworks to interpret behavior and interactions between heredity and environment. Emphasizes the role of family and relationships in development. (L)

ECE 43 – Care and Education for Infants and Toddlers
Study of current theory and research to the care and education of infants and toddlers in group settings. Emphasis will be placed on the essential policies, principles and practices that lead to quality care and developmentally appropriate curriculum for children birth to 36 months. (L)

ECE 46 – Practicum Field Experience – Preschool
A demonstration of developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students will utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Child centered, play-oriented approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment; and knowledge of curriculum content areas will be emphasized as student teachers design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children. (L)

ECE 46A – Practicum Field Experience – Infant/Toddler
A demonstration of developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students will utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Child centered, play-oriented approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment and knowledge of curriculum content areas will be emphasized as student teachers design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for Infants and Toddlers. (L)

ECE 46B – Practicum Field Experience – School Age Children
A demonstration of developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students will utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Child centered, play-oriented approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment and knowledge of curriculum content areas will be emphasized as student teachers design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all school age children. (L)

ECE 46C – Practicum Field Experience – Children With Special Needs
A demonstration of developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students will utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Child centered, play-oriented approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment and knowledge of curriculum content areas will be emphasized as student teachers design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children, with emphasis on children with special needs. (L)

ECE 51 – Special Topics in ECE
Contemporary issues and practices for teachers and caregivers in the Early Childhood area, including: curriculum, health and safety, legislation and advocacy, licensing regulations and other related subjects. Students will apply the principles to their own work settings and age groups. (L)

ECE 56 – Effective Parenting
Development of effective parent-child relationships. Topics include behavior, emotions, encouragement and communication. (L)

ECE 60 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Introduction to the early childhood center environment and playgrounds and appropriate curriculum activities for young children. Developmentally appropriate practices and activities in all areas of learning will be introduced and explored. Examples of planning for short term and long term projects, with appropriate evaluation and documentation will be given.