Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Program Description


AS-T Early Childhood Education for Transfer
A.A. Early Childhood Education
A.A. Early Childhood Education, Site Supervisor

Certificates of Achievement

Early Childhood Education, Infant Specialist Program Disclosure
Early Childhood Education, School Age Child Care and Education Program Disclosure
Early Childhood Education, Teacher Program Disclosure
Early Childhood Education, Master Teacher Program Disclosure

Certificate of Proficiency

Early Childhood Education, Associate Teacher

Program Description

The Early Childhood Education AA degrees and certificates offer an interactive approach to acquiring the knowledge, skills and disposition necessary to work with young children birth to 12 years old. Students are guided by a group of experienced and qualified faculty in an in-depth study of the theories, principles and practices of early childhood and child development. Students acquire direct experiences through supervised coaching and mentoring practicum courses. After completing the lower division coursework, under the guidance of faculty and qualified mentors, students engage directly with young children, to practice the theories, principles and practices covered in the instructional courses. 

The Early Childhood Education department strives to bring innovative, research based, current information and knowledge to students. Reflective practices and critical thinking is woven into all coursework leading to certificates and degrees. Emphasis is placed on developing professional and ethical dispositions to foster; positive relationships with colleagues, family engagement, and the cultural sensitivity, awareness, and integration required to be effective early childhood educators. 

The Early Childhood Education department believes in the importance of promoting an engaging, intellectually challenging, and creative learning environment. The Early Childhood Education’s philosophy is sustained through the Early Childhood Education Pathways to Success program. This program promotes a student centered, strength-based approach to foster the professional disposition to be a successful student and lifelong learner. 

The Early Childhood Education Program is coordinated with the Child Development and Early Childhood Education majors offered by several state universities, which aligns with undergraduate and graduate work leading to advanced degrees. The course work in the CRC Early Childhood Education department is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as meeting the requirements for the California Child Development Educational Permits. 

Elementary Teaching
For the person interested in teaching in a self-contained elementary school classroom, Cosumnes River College has courses leading toward a Liberal Studies major at California State University, Sacramento. Before selecting classes, please check with your counselor to receive the most up-to-date information.

Secondary Teaching
In order for a student to prepare for a secondary teaching credential, the student should complete the lower division requirements for the teaching major while completing the transfer general education requirements needed for transfer. A counselor can assist the student in selecting the appropriate courses.

Career Opportunities

  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Home Visitors
  • Administrators and Directors of Early Childhood Programs
  • Instructors/Trainers
  • Technical Assistants
  • Professional Development Coordinators
  • Specialist/Coaches
  • Family Specialists/Counselors
  • Early Intervention Specialists
  • Consultants
  • Researchers
  • Family Life Specialists
  • Children’s Librarians
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Child Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Family Engagement Advocates
  • Art Therapists
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Family Early Care and Education Teachers

Some Career Opportunities may require more than two years of college study


  • Three AA degrees and six certificates
  • On-and-off campus course offerings
  • Day, evening, and weekend offerings
  • On-line course offerings

Students planning to enroll in Work/Field Experience or practicum classes (ECE 300, ECE 321, ECE 334, ECE 350, and ECE 498) must show evidence of TB clearance before working with children.

The Teacher and Master Teacher Certificates, as well as the AA Degrees in Early Childhood Education and the Site Supervisor, are aligned with the Child Development Permits issued by California’s Commission of Teacher Credentialing (January 1997). California law requires that teachers in state funded child care and development programs possess a Child Development Permit.

Note to Transfer Students:
If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the bachelor’s degree.

For information about the student learning outcomes for this program, see