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

Highlights

  • Choose either the fully online or online/blended format
  • Cohorts 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

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers in early childhood education. Past graduates have gone on to work in public and private preschools, as well as churches and businesses that offer preschool. For those who wish to continue their education, the program also prepares graduates to pursue credentials and certificates to become educators in elementary schools and special education programs, or work as career counselors with child and family services.

Program director

Carol Gossett
Carol Gossett

Early Childhood Development Program Director

Admission requirements

  • Application form
  • $40 fee (fee is waived for those attending an information meeting)
  • Official high school transcripts or diploma
  • Official college transcripts
  • Recommendation form

Prerequisites

  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA

Course listing

Required Courses (39 Units)

The following units must be earned at fresno pacific university. each course is six weeks long.

Semester One (12 Units, 24 Weeks)
CodeTitleUnits
ECD-305Early Child Growth and Development3
ECD-300Child, Family and Community3
ECD-310Human Diversity and Relations3
ECD-483Child Observation Practicum3
Semester Two (12 Units, 24 Weeks)
CodeTitleUnits
ECD-400Child's Play and Learning Theory3
ECD-420Guidance in Social & Emotional Behaviors3
ECD-430Early Childhood Phys Ed Methods3
ECD-440Students with Exceptionalities in School and Community3
Semester Three (12 Units, 24 Weeks)
CodeTitleUnits
BIB-438Biblical Perspectives for Educators3
ECD-450Children's Art and Literature3
ECD-460Math and Science for Young Children3
ECD-470Curriculum Development for Early Childhood Ed3
General Education
CodeTitleUnits
BIB-314Jesus and the Christian Community*3
MATH-121Mathematical Problem Solving**3

* To be completed prior to BIB-438
** To be completed at any time prior to graduation

Additional General Education Requirements

See general education summary: degree completion

Electives

Elective units as needed to meet the bachelor of arts minimum. This requirement may be met through allowable college coursework, Advanced Placement exams, College Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate exams, Military or ACE credit and Prior Learning Assessment.