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


  • 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


  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA