Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies
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.
The program will prepare graduates for multiple career paths in the fields of teacher education, health and human services. These careers include infant/toddler and preschool teachers, early interventionists, administrators of centers for young children and families. The program will provide the subject matter preparation for the multiple subjects and special education teaching credentials, as well as related professional programs in health and human services such as child life specialists and counselors. Graduates will also be prepared to pursue graduate studies in related fields such as, education, social work, human development, and counseling.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students can teach and administer in programs serving young children (with and without disabilities) from birth through eight and their families
- Students are able to teach all subjects in their area of specialty
- Students understand and relate to diversity of languages and cultures in and among children and families
- Students can meet the diverse needs of all children including those with special needs
- Students are reflective and deliberative practitioners
- Students link content to pedagogy
- Students actively engage children in their learning
- Students integrate research, theory and best practice into their teaching
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Studies (120 Units)
Lower Division Requirements (47–48 Units)
UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS (49 UNITS)
University Electives (23–24 Units)
|Requirements||Units||Prerequisites, GE & Comments|
|Electives||17||Students preparing for the multiple subjects or special education credentials are strongly urged to take MATH 308|
|Interdisciplinary Electives||6||G.E., C2|
Total Units for Graduation
|Electives Lower Division Requirements||47-48|
|Upper Division Requirements||49|
For information about this program contact:
Dr. Elizabeth Quintero, Ed.D.
Coordinator of Early Childhood Studies