Early Childhood Development

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development is designed to help you fully understand the growth and development of children—from birth through eight years of age. Our experienced faculty provide a strong foundation in theory and practice, focused on the total environment of the child. You'll learn to address the unique needs of young children, including those with exceptionalities and special needs.

Unique Features

  • Choose either the fully online or online/blended format
  • Cohort groups meet one night per week
  • Cohort of 12-24 adults progress through the program together
  • Students come from a variety of life stages and cultural backgrounds
  • Curriculum is aligned with the California Preschool Learning Foundations published by the California State Department of Education and the NCATE standards for baccalaureate degrees
  • Graduates meet subject matter competence in the seven categories identified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • 18 month program

Our Graduates

This major prepares graduates to pursue a career in early childhood education including positions in public and private preschools, churches and businesses that offer preschool for the children of their employees. You will also be prepared to pursue additional credentials and certificates to become an educator in elementary schools and special education programs or a career counselor with child and family service organizations.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application form and $40 fee (fee waived if you attend an information meeting)
  • All application pieces, official transcripts, recommendation form and admissions essay
  • 60 transferable baccalaureate level units
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  • Two years post-secondary experience
  • Official high school transcripts or diploma


View a list of courses and descriptions.


New cohorts are formed each spring (February) and fall (August).

Further Information

How much does it cost?

Tuition is competitively priced and financial aid is available. View details on tuition and fees.

How do I apply?

The application process is straightforward. View details on how to apply.

For additional information or for program availability, contact the following Degree Completion Offices:

Fresno Main CampusBakersfield CenterNorth Fresno CenterVisalia CenterMerced Center

To view all of the majors offered in the degree completion program, please visit our degree completion program page.

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