Porterville College


Early Childhood Education (AS-T)

 The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer provides a clearly articulated curricular track for student who wish to transfer to a CSU campus, while also serving the diverse needs of students interested in the breadth and depth of the field of early childhood education. Additionally, this degree exposes students to the core principles and practices of the field in order to build a foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational paths.

The degree was designed to facilitate students’ successful transfer to certain California State University (CSU) campuses that prepare them for advanced study in a variety of graduate programs, as well as a variety of careers such as teaching, Child Development Specialist, Program Director, and Child Life Specialists. With a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education students are eligible for the Master Teacher and Site Supervisor levels of the California Child Development Permit, using the Alternative Qualifications category. The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirement of the California State University for transfer. Student with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to certain California State University campuses.

Program Learning Outcomes: Synthesize child development research with principles and practices for early childhood teaching to create early learning environments that are respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children, from infancy through adolescence; design inclusive, culturally and linguistically appropriate learning environments, based on child development, child observations, family information and knowledge of culturally diverse child rearing, practices; incorporate strategies for building respectful, reciprocal gamily and community relationships in order to support families with their children’s development and learning; assess children’s learning through observation, documentation, and interpretation, using results to guide curriculum and teaching strategies; recommend developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant approaches to teaching and learning that include respectful, supportive relationships with children and families, and curriculum that supports foundational skills an concepts in language, math, science, art, and social relationships; demonstrate practices that maintain standards of health, nutrition, and safety in group care early childhood settings; apply ethical standards of behavior accepted by the profession of early childhood education.

Students must satisfy the following requirements to earn the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.
    • A minimum of 24 semester units in the major as determined by the required courses described below.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. A grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major.


CHDV P142 - Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children 3 units

CHDV P122- The Child, the Family and the Community 3 units

CHDV P144 - Introduction to Curriculum 3 units

CHDV P143 - Practicum/Field Experiences 3 units

CHDV P239 - Observation and Assessment 3 units

CHDV P119 - Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 units

CHDV P117 - Teaching in a Diverse Society 3 units

CHDV P223 - Child, Growth & Development  3 units


PSYC P223 - Child Psychology 3 units

Total Overall Units 60 units

Students are not required to complete additional campus course graduation requirements.

Effective Summer 2017