Early Childhood Studies Department

Child's drawing of Number 1 teacherThe Early Childhood Studies Program at Ohlone College prepares students for employment in child development programs including preschools, children's centers, family childcare centers, school age programs, and infant and toddler programs.

The Ohlone College program meets or exceeds the requirements for teachers in centers and programs licensed in the State of California by the Department of Social Services. The program also meets the requirements for the Child Development Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

More about the ECS Program.

Early Childhood Studies Degree and Certificate

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)

Early Childhood Education for Transfer A.S. Degree (AS-T) (PDF) - Prepares students for employment in child development programs including preschools, children's centers, family childcare centers, school age programs, and infant and toddler programs. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding, application, and implementation of the Developmentally Appropriate Practices in the early childhood environment; identify and describe normal development, basic needs, major theories, problem areas, and the impact of familial, community, and social influences on child development; understand and explain biological, psychological, and physical developmental processes of children; demonstrate knowledge of observational and assessment methods used to assess children’s development; understand factors affecting child development in family relationships; and plan, prepare, set-up, and evaluate developmentally appropriate curriculum activities for young children.

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

Early Childhood Studies A.A. Degree (PDF) - Prepares students for employment in child development programs including preschools, children’s centers, family childcare centers, school age programs, and infant and toddler programs. The Ohlone College program meets or exceeds the requirements for teachers in centers and programs licensed in the State of California by the Department of Social Services. The program also meets the requirements for the Child Development Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. All Early Childhood Studies majors should plan to follow the suggested flow of courses, beginning with ECS-300. Options in a particular area of child development involve the completion of an additional six to nine units in courses specific to that area.

Certificate of Achievement

Additional Information

Review a sample listing of Courses in this area of study. Review academic requirements in the Catalog and in the Curriculum Guides. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and/or have questions answered.

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