Foster a Strong Beginning

NOTE: This program has been sunset. If you are currently enrolled in the program, you may complete your coursework according to the planned schedule of offerings that was emailed to you. We are no longer accepting applications for new students.

The early years of a child's life are fundamental in shaping their overall development. Become part of their story by enrolling in our program to establish the essential skills and knowledge needed to promote a sound, well-structured beginning. Whether using this as a stepping stone to pursue a higher-level degree in Child Development, or looking to become an early care and education professional, this program has what you need. Building from the ground up, you will acquire best practices relating to the CDE Foundations of Preschool Learning and how to incorporate age and developmentally appropriate curricula in order to ensure that the emotional, social, creative, physical and cognitive needs of children are met.

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    Est. Tuition $1,870

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    Learning Format Online

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    Duration 12-24 months *

    *Duration times can vary, talk to your advisor for more information.
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    Total Units 25.5 Units

Required Courses

Course Formats
Required (22.50 Units )
An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies: Child Growth and DevelopmentStudies about early childhood education from a historical perspective and an examination of interrelationships among the child's environment and his/her physical, emotional, cognitive and social development.
4.50 Units
Role of Home, School and Community in Early Childhood EducationInterrelationships of the home, school, community and their effects on the learning of young children.
4.50 Units
Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum in Early Childhood EducationMethods for integrating and implementing developmentally appropriate experiences in language, art, music, and science, with a focus on the emotional, social, creative, physical and cognitive needs of children from infancy through eight years of age.
4.50 Units
Principles and Practices of Teaching Young ChildrenExamination of the theoretical principles, developmentally appropriate practices and teaching strategies that support physical, social, creative and intellectual development for young children.
4.50 Units
Teaching in a Diverse SocietyDevelopment of social identities in diverse societies as they apply to young children, families, programs, classrooms and teaching.
4.50 Units
Elective (3.00 Units )
Education and Care of Infants and ToddlersPrinciples and procedures for the care of infant and toddlers in private and/or public child care programs.
5.00 Units
Parent (Family) Involvement in Early Childhood EducationInvolving parents in children's education, including opportunities to serve as volunteers in educational settings.
3.00 Units

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