What Can You Do With an Early Childhood Educator AS-T Degree?

This program is designed to be the first two years of your four-year degree. Many careers in early childhood education require at least a bachelor’s degree; some require a master’s or more. Find your inspiring future as a:

  • Preschool director/owner
  • Preschool teacher
  • Elementary teacher
  • School counselor/child psychologist
  • Play therapist
  • Tutor
  • Coaching
  • Education administration
  • Recreation leader
  • College instructor

An Important, Skilled Role

It may look like play—you know it’s education. Little humans learn through play, especially when guided through appropriate challenges. Early childhood educators, in any role, shape those learning moments and provide the feedback that encourages the next generation.

Growing Field = Career Growth

Early childhood education is growing and becoming more specialized. That means it’s easier to start your career and grow into the areas that appeal to you most. Start your career as a preschool teacher, then keep going until you own a preschool, or go back to school to become a play therapist.

Your Early Childhood Education AS-T Program Map

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Sample electives shown — more options available. Download a PDF Program Map

Early Childhood Education AS-T: What to Expect

  • Completion Requirements
    • 25 units of required courses
    • 60 total units
    • A grade of C or higher in all required courses
    • Minimum grade point average of 2.0
  • Required Courses

    Childhood Development (CD 010) | 4.00

    Child/Family/Community (CD 012) | 3.00

    Principles & Practices in Early Childhood Education (CD 014) | 3.00

    Introduction to Curriculum (CD 030) | 3.00

    Health/Safety/Nutrition (CD 044) | 3.00

    Living & Teaching in a Diverse Society (CD 074) | 3.00

    Observation/Assess. (CD 075) | 3.00

    Child Development Practicum (CD 015) | 3.00

  • What You Learn
    1. How to turn research findings into great learning environments.
    2. What marks appropriate behavior in a school setting.
    3. How to advocate for children in a way that makes sense of history and context.
    4. How to reflect on and cultivate your personal growth.

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