Early Childhood Education Program

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

This degree prepares early childhood educators by developing the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to facilitate the positive growth and development of young children up to the age of 8.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education prepares you to provide high-quality, inclusive care and education to children up to the age of 8. The program includes fieldwork and two practicums that let you demonstrate your teaching competencies under guided supervision. 

  • Learn skills to complement your previous early childhood educational training and fieldwork.
  • 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.
  • Lower division coursework mirrors the Curriculum Alignment Project Eight (CAP 8), which provides a foundation for upper division content and experiences.
  • The capstone course allows you to demonstrate your mastery and reflect on the knowledge, skills and dispositions you have learned. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program 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.

* This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.


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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