• Adult students in classroom discussion

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.


  • The program is offered face-to-face or fully online
  • 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. Alumni 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, Ed.D.

Early Childhood Development Program Director


Sandra Frisby
Sandra Frisby, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor & Assoc. Director of Early Childhood Development

Admission requirements


  • 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)
ECD 305Advanced Child Growth and Development3
ECD 300Child, Family and Community3
ECD 310Human Diversity and Relations3
ECD 483Child Observation Practicum3
Semester Two (12 Units, 24 Weeks)
ECD 400Children's Play and Learning Theory3
ECD 420Guidance in Social and Emotional Behaviors3
ECD 430Early Childhood Physical Education Methods3
ECD 440Students with Exceptionalities in School and Community3
Semester Three (12 Units, 24 Weeks)
BIB 438Biblical Perspectives for Educators3
ECD 450Children's Art and Literature3
ECD 460Math and Science for Young Children3
ECD 470Curriculum Development for Early Childhood Education3

General Education

BIB 314Jesus and the Christian Community3*


*To be completed prior to BIB-438