Bachelor of Arts: Early Development, Care, and Education
The B.A. in Child Development – Early Development Care & Education (EDCE) degree completion program is the product of a long-time collaboration between Sacramento State’s College of Education (where the main campus Child Development program is housed), College of Continuing Education, and local child-care and education organizations.
The first cohorts began in 2007. The program was developed in response to the critical shortage of well-qualified teachers and administrators working in EDCE settings. The EDCE workforce shortage has come about partly because California has begun making changes, more in line with other states and countries, towards requiring a bachelor’s degree to be a teacher or administrator in programs serving infants, toddlers, and young children.
This program is ideal for prospective students who have taken all available coursework in early childhood education at a two-year college and need to complete a BA degree in order to advance their career potential. The EDCE program offers an accessible way for working teachers and administrators to obtain a BA degree.
- The EDCE program is based on a learning-community model with a combination of video and web-based delivery, coupled with local face-to-face cohort discussion and facilitation.
- The EDCE program utilizes the same curriculum offered on the main campus.
- Course content is video-streamed from an originating studio classroom on the main campus, offering the same upper division classes that are currently required of Child Development majors.
- The video-streamed content will be viewed by the cohort students in a group setting, and follow-up discussions will be facilitated by a Cohort Instructor.
- The Cohort Instructor collaborates with the main campus Child Development instructional faculty to ensure full academic support for students in the distance-education degree program.
- Students will take 2 courses a semester for 8 semesters including fall, spring, and summer, finishing in three years.
Child Development students pursue careers in elementary school teaching; preschool teaching and administration; child-care and after-school employment; parent education; community college teaching; or work with a variety of counseling, social service and community agencies. The undergraduate major also prepares students for graduate studies in child development, elementary or special education, human development, social work or counseling.
Units required for Major: 49-50
Minimum total units required for BA: 120
Refer to the catalog for detailed admission and academic requirements.
The CHDV-EDCE program is based on a learning-community model, with a combination of video and web-based delivery, coupled with local face-to-face cohort discussion and facilitation. Course content will be video-streamed from an originating studio classroom at Sac State, offering the same upper division classes that are currently required of Child Development majors. In addition, there will be web based instructional modules to support and extend the video-streamed content delivery.
Students registered in the hybrid distance-education program (CHDV-EDCE) will meet as cohorts (identified by county, school district, and state agencies) in a location convenient for the participating teachers and administrators as sponsored by a community-based agency. The video-streamed content will be viewed by participants in a group setting, and local cohort discussion and follow-up will be facilitated by Cohort Instructors who meet with the group. The Cohort Instructors (CI's) will collaborate with the on-campus Child Development instructional faculty to ensure full academic support for participants in the CHDV-EDCE distance education BA degree program.
- Cohort model to meet needs of working adults participating in off-campus classes as a group
- learning community for academic and personal support
- Distance-Education as a "hybrid" model combining individual online work with face-face discussion
- Satellite classrooms provided by local agencies (eg., Head Start, county offices of education)
- Course curriculum content videotaped in studio-classroom at Sac State, including student and instructor interactions, and web-broadcast to local sites
- Working teacher/administrators view web-broadcast together and discuss its integration with their practice and experience
- Group class time and location decided by local agency to meet needs and constraints of working adults
- Group view and discussion of class video facilitated by local Cohort Instructors
- Online interactive modules for follow-up and extension of understanding to classroom practice
Sacramento State, College of Continuing Education
Attn: EDCE Program
3000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA 95819-6103
Visit the admissions page to learn how to apply.