Early Childhood Education AS-T Degree


Early Childhood Education Transfer Degree, AS-T

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer is designed to provide the lower division major courses to transfer to a California State University and earn a Bachelor's degree in Child Development, Human Development or Early Childhood Education. This program focuses on the theories and developmentally appropriate inclusive practices for educating children from birth to age eight. Study in the major include coverage of child development and socialization, observation and assessment, curriculum development, culturally and linguistically appropriate teaching, as well as excellent health, safety, and nutrition practices in early care and education. This degree prepares students for teaching in early care and education settings as well as transfer.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does not accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is a designated "high unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

To earn this AS-T degree, students must meet the following requirements:

  • completion of the following major requirements with grades of C or better;
  • completion of a minimum of 60 CSU transferable semester units with agrade point average of a least 2.0; and
  • certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSUGE) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), which requires a minimum of 39 units.

It is highly recommend that students complete courses that satisfy the U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement as part of CSUGE or IGETC before transferring to a CSU.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in Early Childhood Education should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

CD105 Child Growth and Development 3
CD105H Child Growth and Development-Honors 3
CD111 Observation and Assessment in Child Development 3
CD113 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3
CD114 Introduction to Curriculum 3
CD115 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
CD126 Child, Family, and the Community 3
CD138 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
CD205 Child Development Practicum / Field Experience 4
Major Total 25
CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC requirements 39 - 42

Total Units 60
*Students may count CD 105, CD 105H, and CD 126 in Area D or E for CSU GE-Breadth. No more than 60 units are required for the AS-T in Early Childhood Education.