Bachelor of Arts: Early Child Development, Care, and Education


The Child Development Concentration in EDCE prepares students to work in child care settings with children from infancy through pre-kindergarten. The program consists of the core child development academic program and 14–15 units of electives with a focus of study on developmental theory, systematic observation and assessment, and pre-school curriculum development. Students have opportunities for first-hand experience working with infants and children, and can complete most of the ECE requirements for a child development permit. Students planning to obtain the California Child Development permit for preschool/day care teaching or administration should consult a faculty advisor for information about specific course and field-work requirements and application process. In collaboration with the College of Continuing Education, a mixed-media hybrid distance education version is currently offered. The coursework consists of 41-51 course units to meet EDCE requirements and 9 units of upper division coursework to meet the CSU general education and writing requirements.

Career Options

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.

Course Listing

Review the courses required to complete the degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop discipline-based written communication skills
  2. Analyze and critique written materials related to child development
  3. Participate in field based experiences mediated by using theory, concepts, and research
  4. Understand major milestones of development from infancy to adulthood
  5. Develop and maintain positive attitudes towards diversity and its manifestations in children and families

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