The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early childhood Studies will prepare graduates with the requisite knowledge and skills to effectively work with young children and their families from birth through eight years of age. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in order to serve typically developing young children and those with disabilities within the natural settings of home, community, and schools.

The academic program will offer core curricula and practica in early childhood development and pedagogy while highlighting the contextual influences of family, culture, language, and society. The Early Childhood Studies Program is distinctive in that the major emphasizes the first eight years of life as extremely significant in children's development. The philosophy implicit in the Early Childhood Studies Program is reflective of the Position Statements and Early Childhood Professional Preparation Standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children that include:

  • Promoting child development and learning
  • Building family and community relationships--whatever their structure, language, ethnicity, and child's ability or disability
  • Delivering developmentally effective assessment and teaching practices
  • Preparing early childhood professionals beyond a foundational level in order to support the acquisition and application of advanced knowledge and skills.

The degree coursework, including fieldwork with children and families, is also offered in Santa Barbara, CA at our Goleta Campus. Courses and programmatic requirements are consistent across both campuses, with some scheduling variations. There is a specific programmatic focus on the preparation of graduates who possess knowledge and skills in second language acquisition and literacy for young English learners.