Associate in Science for Transfer
The curriculum in this program is designed prepare students to be teachers and caregivers for young children ages 0-8 and to provide the transfer student an opportunity to achieve an Associate Degree for Transfer in Early Childhood Education by providing the necessary breadth in the field aligned to state and national standards, an introduction to the methods used, and the ability to complete both major preparatory coursework along with courses required for general education. Developmental and learning theory and strategies related to the unique care and education needs of young children will be studied and applied. Family collaboration and culturally responsive practice will be emphasized. Students who complete this degree meet the educational requirements for the Teacher level of the Child Development Permit. Students who complete this degree receive priority admission to the California State University system, though admission to a specific campus is not guaranteed. While an associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion, a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers, which can be achieved through transfer.
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $27,000 to over $208,000 with an average salary of $72,000.