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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 ยง 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
CD 101* Principles and Practices for Teaching Young Children 3
CD 105* Child, Family and Community 3
CD 107* Child Growth and Development 3
CD 110* Introduction to Early Childhood Curriculum 3
CD 112* Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
CD 117* Teaching Children in a Diverse Society 3
CD 120* Observation and Assessment 3
CD 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 General Education or IGETC pattern 34-40 Transferable units as needed to reach 60 transferable units

Degree Total: 60 Units

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Degree Information

Associate of Science Degree in Child Development

Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College. Students intending to transfer must complete IGETC or CSU pattern general education courses.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.

Note: Students who began coursework prior to Fall 2009 and have been continuously enrolled, may use the requirements in effect for the academic year in which they began or move up to the current list, whichever meets their needs most effectively.

Alert: Students who began coursework prior to Fall 2005 MUST move up to current requirements. All previously taken coursework will apply to newer certificates/degrees. Some course names have changed. Check department website for complete information.


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