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Early Childhood Administration, Associate in Science Degree

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_AS_ECAD
Control Number: 08661

Students who already have Early Childhood certificates may qualify to become directors or administrators of early childhood centers by earning this Early Childhood Administration certificate.

Complete the Early Childhood Administration Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog. Note: this AS degree requires 63-67.5 units for completion.

Program Outcome

  1. The objective of the program is to meet the needs of the local child care programs by preparing students for entry-level employment as a professional and competent child care director.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.

Required Prerequisites

Early Childhood Education Certificate of Achievement Infant/Toddler Teacher

Course Title Units
Required Courses
EC A126Teaching in a Diverse Society3
or EC A127 Health, Safety, and Nutrition
EC A130Language Arts for Children3
or EC A131 Creativity for Children
EC A155Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children3
EC A156Early Childhood Laboratory2
EC A157Guidance for Young Children3
EC A165Observing and Recording Child Behavior3
EC A220Infant/Toddler Programs3
EC A221Infant/Toddler Field Experience3
HMDV A180Child Growth and Development3
HMDV A184Infant Development and Relationships3
HMDV A190Family, School, and Community Partnerships3
Select one of the following:0.5-2
Current Issues in Early Childhood
Learning Title 22
Disaster Preparedness for Child Care
Child Abuse I.D. and Referral
Total Units32.5-34

Or

Early Childhood Education Certificate of Achievement Preschool Teacher

Course Title Units
Required Courses
EC A130Language Arts for Children3
EC A131Creativity for Children3
EC A132Science and Math for Young Children3
EC A155Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children3
EC A156Early Childhood Laboratory2
EC A157Guidance for Young Children3
EC A165Observing and Recording Child Behavior3
EC A200Early Childhood Programs-The Curriculum3
EC A201Early Childhood Practicum - Field Experience3
HMDV A180Child Growth and Development3
HMDV A190Family, School, and Community Partnerships3
Select one of the following:3
Teaching in a Diverse Society
Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Introduction to the Exceptional Child
Select two of the following:1-2.5
Current Issues in Early Childhood
Learning Title 22
Disaster Preparedness for Child Care
Child Abuse I.D. and Referral
Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs
Total Units36-37.5

Subtotal 32.5-37

Course Title Units
Required Courses
EC A126Teaching in a Diverse Society3
EC A127Health, Safety, and Nutrition3
EC A275Early Childhood Administration-Program3
EC A276Early Childhood Management3
EC A277Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs2-3
or MGMT A115 Human Relations and Supervision
Select a minimum of 1.5 units of the following:1.5
Current Issues in Early Childhood
Learning Title 22
Disaster Preparedness for Child Care
Child Abuse I.D. and Referral
Total Units15.5-16.5

Total Units - 48-52.5

Requirement Units
Program Major Units 48-52.5
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Minimun Degree Units 66