Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education for Transfer

The curriculum in the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate degree. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers, earning the Associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment in social services or promotion.

The following is required for all AS-T degrees:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units at Saddleback College in an "AS-T" major. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a "pass-no pass" basis
    (title 5 § 55063).
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern
    (CSU GE Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Required Courses:

Course ID Title Units
CDE 101* Principles and Practices for Teaching Young Children 3
CDE 15* Child, Family and Community 3
CDE 7 or 7H* Child Growth and Development 3
CDE 110* Introduction to Curriculum 3
CDE 112* Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
CDE 117* Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
CDE 120* Observation and Assessment 3
CDE 121* Practicum: The student teaching experience 5
Sub Total:   24

*Course has a prerequisite, co-requisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in catalog.

CSU or IGETC General Education  must be completed. Electives may be needed to reach 60 transferable units.

Degree Total: 60 Units

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