Early Childhood Education AS-T Degree

The  Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer, also called the Early Childhood Education AS-T Degree, provides a clearly articulated curricular track for students who wish to transfer to a CSU campus, while also serving the diverse needs of students interested in the breadth and depth of the field of early childhood education. Additionally, this degree exposes students to the core principles and practices of the field in order to build a foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational paths. The degree was designed to facilitate students’ successful transfer to certain California State University (CSU) campuses that prepare them for advanced study in a variety of graduate programs, as well as a variety of careers such as teaching, Child Development Specialist, Program Directors, and Child Life Specialists.  This degree  requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 25 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. Units for the major may be double-counted for CSU GE only (not IGETC). Early Childhood Education AA-T  degree works only with the CSU General Education pattern. There are no additional graduation requirements.  Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Course Code Title Units
Required Core Courses
CDE 101Child Growth & Development3
CDE 102Child, Family, & Community3
CDE 103Principles & Practices of Teaching3
CDE 104Introduction to Curriculum3
CDE 201Health, Safety, & Nutrition3
CDE 202Teaching in a Diverse Society3
CDE 203Observation and Assessment3
CDE 204Practicum in Early Childhood Education4
Required Subtotal25
CSU General Education Pattern 139
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 2

Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE only (not IGETC), confer with Counselor.


Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB 1440).