Early Childhood Education Program

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Parents and educators alike understand the importance of providing high quality early care and learning opportunities for young children. Early childhood educators are the advocates for this mission; they focus on delivering inclusive care and education to children, ages birth to eight, in a variety of settings. Students who attain a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to facilitate the positive growth and development of future generations.

The Benefits of a bachelor's degree in ECE at Brandman

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education prepares you for providing high quality care and education to young children up to the age of eight in a flexible format that allows you to achieve your degree while pursuing your career.

The bachelor’s degree has unique features that center on direct application such as fieldwork and two practicums that let you demonstrate your teaching competencies under guided supervision. The capstone course allows you to demonstrate your mastery and reflect on the knowledge, skills and dispositions required to be an effective early childhood educator. Based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Preparation Standards for Initial Licensure and the California Early Childhood Educator Competencies, the program is designed to complement previous early childhood educational training and fieldwork typically received in community colleges. Lower division coursework mirrors the Curriculum Alignment Project Eight (CAP 8) which provides a foundation for upper division content and experiences.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Research-based practice: Integrate brain research and evidence based practices that support development and learning across the curriculum.
  • Child Development: Integrate child development theories into classroom practices.
  • Reciprocal Relationships: Develop plans to promote child, family and community relationships that enhance children's development and learning.
  • Responsive Environments: Create learning environments that maximize child development, learning, health, and safety.
  • Comprehensive Assessments: Employ formal and informal assessment procedures to gather child and family information to provide meaningful programs and curricula.
  • Ethical Practice: Implement the NAEYC Code of Ethics and demonstrate professional behaviors.
  • Embracing Diversity: Create classroom environments and curriculum that acknowledge and celebrate children and families’ diversity.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents and must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent.
  2. Completed application package. Applications are available online.
  3. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.
  4. For those applying under an active military agreement with Brandman University, admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Graduation Requirements–Bachelor Degrees

  • A minimum of 120 credits.
  • 36 credits earned in upper- division coursework.
  • Minimum of 30 credits completed in residence at Brandman; 18 of which must be upper-division credits, 12 of which must be completed in students major.
  • A 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at Brandman and transfer work.
  • A 2.0 grade point average in all major and minor coursework. Programs may have additional grade requirements.
  • Resolution of all “I” grades.
  • LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.


Curriculum Alignment Project Eight

ECED 100 Child Growth and Development (CDEV 100) 3
ECED 110 Child, Family and Community (CDEV 110) 3
ECED 120 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children (ECE 120) 3
ECED 130 Introduction to Curriculum for Young Children (ECE 130) 3
ECED 200 Observation and Assessment of Young Children (ECE 200) 3
ECED 210 Practicum in Early Childhood Education I (ECE 210) 3
ECED 220 Health, Safety and Nutrition (ECE 220) 3
ECED 230 Teaching in a Diverse Society (ECE 230) 3
Total Credits 24


Core Courses

ECED 300 The Professional Early Childhood Educator 3
ECED 301 Effective Support for Children with Exceptional Needs and Their Families 3
ECED 330 Dual Language Learners and their Families 3
Total Credits 9


Content Courses

ECED 302 Social and Emotional Competence in Early Childhood Education 3
ECED 303 Integrating Learning Standards in Early Childhood Settings: Language and Literacy 3
ECED 304 Integrating Learning Standards in Early Childhood Settings: Math and Science 3
ECED 398 The Intentional, Reflective Teacher 3
ECED 399 Integrated Practice in Early Childhood Education—Practicum II 3
ECED 401 The Early Childhood Teacher as Decision Maker (Capstone) 3
Total Credits 18


Total Credits 51
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