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. Cohort model to meet needs of working adults participating in off-campus classes as a group
  2. learning community for academic and personal support
  3. Distance-Education as a "hybrid" model combining individual online work with face-face discussion
  4. Satellite classrooms provided by local agencies (eg., Head Start, county offices of education)
  5. Course curriculum content videotaped in studio-classroom at Sac State, including student and instructor interactions, and web-broadcast to local sites
  6. Working teacher/administrators view web-broadcast together and discuss its integration with their practice and experience
  7. Group class time and location decided by local agency to meet needs and constraints of working adults
  8. Group view and discussion of class video facilitated by local Cohort Instructors
  9. Online interactive modules for follow-up and extension of understanding to classroom practice

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