Bakersfield College

Child Development

Early Childhood Education

Associate of Science Degree for Transfer

Career Technology Education (CTE) and Transfer Degree

Due to a continued increase of parents in the labor force, there is an increased demand for child care workers and early childhood educators. The most recent California Child Care Portfolio (2015) indicates 63% of children aged 0-12 have parents in the labor force, but there is not enough child care centers or homes to meet child care needs. In Kern County there was an increase of 10% for subsidized child care while California overall had an increase of 1%.

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer degree is designed to train students to work in a variety of early childhood settings. The two-year program primarily serves students desiring an early childhood background, supervised student teaching experience andfulfillment of academic requirements for a Child Development Teacher Permit. Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer. This degree prepares students for seamless transfer to a CSU.

Requirements for AA-T or AS-T degrees:

The completion of 60 semester 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 – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the district.
  • The obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The completion of all courses required for the major with a ‘C’ or better. A ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major.

Career Opportunities

Early Childhood Education Careers (ECE): ECE Site Supervisor, ECE Assistant Teacher, ECE Associate Teacher, ECE Master Teacher, ECE Program Director, Licensed Day Care Provider, After School Coordinator, ECE Mental Health Case Manager, Family Service Advocate, Child Advocate, Social Worker/Child Protective Services, Elementary Education Credentialed Teacher, Marriage Family Counselor, School Psychologist, College Instructor, Doula, Lactation Consultant.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate curriculum and explain principles and practices pertaining to child development.
  • explain topics concerning the child, family, and community, and will be able to demonstrate pediatric CPR and first aid.
  • compose observations and assessments, compare and contrast the development of children on children from infancy to adolescents considering culture and typical and atypical needs.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the needs of infant/toddler and children with special needs, according to their mastery specialization. The master teacher will be able to design a care plan for the needs of infant and toddlers or special education children commensurate to their specialization.

Total Units: 24


Required Courses

Course # Name Units
CHDV B20 Principles and Practices 3.0
CHDV B21 Child Growth and Development: Birth Through Adolescence 3.0
CHDV B22 Observation and Assessment: Birth Through Adolescence 3.0
CHDV B32 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3.0
CHDV B36 Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum 3.0
CHDV B41 Supervised Field Experience in Early 3.0 Childhood Educa ion
CHDV B42 Child, Family, and Community 3.0
CHDV B49 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition 3.0
Category CSU IGETC
Units in Major 24 24
General Education 39 37
Possible double counting of GE’s 6 3
Degree Total 60 60
Kern Community College District