Early Childhood Development Pathways

Early Childhood Development (ECD) Pathways

The Early Childhood Development program provides students with a fundamental understanding of the principles of child growth and development, as well as hands-on experience applying those principles in teaching young children in our Lab School.

Our program prepares students for working with young children in a variety of settings, such as State Preschool, Head Start programs and private centers.

Family Child Care providers can benefit from courses designed to advance their skills both as providers and entrepreneurs of their own in-home businesses.

Students who are interested in entering Special Education will find an AA and a Certificate program to give them the academic preparation to enter the field as an Intervention Assistant or Teacher.

Certificate and Degree programs provide the academic preparation required by both the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and Community Care Licensing regulations governing child care centers in California.

You should consider a career in education if you:

  • Appreciate the wonders of childhood discovery
  • Seek and value your own continued self discovery
  • Are creative and energetic
  • Are interested in the various ways children learn
  • Have a desire to strengthen individuals, families and your community
  • Have natural leadership skills and thrive on new challenges every day

As larger numbers of children live in families where all parents work, more early childhood professionals are needed to educate and care for these children.  Families also need people to help them find care and assistance paying for this care.  In addition, recent research has shown how important the environments and experiences of infants, toddlers and your children are in shaping their emotional, social and cognitive development. High quality care with knowledgeable, caring and well-trained teachers can have a significant, positive impact on a young child’s future. These concerns have led to an increase in resources to support improving the quality of child care and have simultaneously increased employment opportunities. There is especially increased demand for teachers and leaders who are multilingual; are trained to work with the youngest children, infants and toddlers; and those who have been trained to work with children with Special Needs.

Contact Us


Alice Hale
ECD Faculty Lead

emailBuilding 400, Room 402U

emailahale@chabotcollege.edu

phone(510) 723-6600

 

Certificates


The Associate Teacher Certificate of Proficiency in Early Childhood Development

This program encompasses the courses required both for the Child Development Associate Teacher Permit and by Community Care Licensing to be teacher in a preschool.

ECD 50 Early Childhood Principles and Practices             3 units

ECD 56 Child Growth and Development                              3 units

ECD 62 Child, Family and Community                                 3 units

ECD 63 Early Childhood Curriculum                                    4 units

Total               13 units

 

The ECD Basic Teacher Certificate of Achievement

This program includes the coursework required for a Child Development Teacher Permit.

Freshman Year

ECD 50 Early Childhood Principles and Practices              3 units

ECD 56 Child Growth and Development                              3 units

ECD 62 Child, Family and Community                                 3 units

ECD 63 Early Childhood Curriculum                                    3 units

Sophomore Year

ECD 60 Introduction to the Young Child

With Exceptional Needs                                                           3 units

ECD 90 Practicum: Supervised Experience                         4 units

ECD 95 Work Experience                                                         1 unit

ECD 96 Work Experience Seminar                                         1 unit

One course to be selected from the following:

ECD 40 Social and Emotional Foundations

for Early Learning                                                                       3 units

ECD 54 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition                           3 units

ECD 69 Child Study: Observation and Assessment             3 units

ECD 79 Teaching in a Diverse Society                                     3 units

Total 25 units

 

Early Childhood Intervention Assistant Certificate of Achievement

Students who earn the Early Childhood Intervention Assistant Certificate demonstrate an understanding of atypical development in children birth through age 8 by designing an environment and planning curriculum that meets the diverse needs and learning styles of all children.

Freshman Year

ECD 50 Early Childhood Principles and Practices                3 units

ECD 56 Child Growth and Development                                 3 units

ECD 62 Child, Family and Community                                    3 units

ECD 54 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition                             3 units

ECD 63 Early Childhood Curriculum                                        4 units

Sophomore Year

ECD 40 Social and Emotional Foundations

for Early Learning                                                                         3 units

ECD 60 Introduction to the Young Child

With Exceptional Needs                                                              3 units

ECD 90 Practicum: Supervised Experience                            4 units

ECD 67 Infant and Toddler Development

and Caregiving                                                                             3 units

ECD 91 Adaptive Curriculum for Children

With Exceptional Needs                                                            3 units

Total   32 units

Associate Degrees


Early Childhood Development Associate in Arts

Students earning the AA Degree learn to understand the needs, the characteristics and multiple influences on the development of children birth to age eight as related to high quality care and education. They also design, implement and evaluate environments and activities that support positive, developmental play and learning outcomes for all children.

Early Childhood Development AA pathway map

Freshman Year

ECD 50 Early Childhood Principles and Practices                      3 units

ECD 54 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition                                  3 units

ECD 56 Child Growth and Development                                       3 units

ECD 62 Child, Family and Community                                          3 units

ECD 63 Early Childhood Curriculum                                             4 units

Sophomore Year

ECD 60 Introduction to the Young Child

With Exceptional Needs                                                                    3 units

ECD 69 Child Study: Observation and Assessment                    3 units

ECD 79 Teaching in a Diverse Society                                           3 units

ECD 90 Practicum: Supervised Experience                                 4 units

ECD 95 Work Experience                                                                 1 unit

ECD 96 Work Experience Seminar

 

Early Childhood Intervention Associate in Arts

Students who earn this degree design, implement and evaluate environments and activities that support positive, developmental play and learning outcomes for children with special needs. They also learn to develop strategies that promote partnerships between programs, teachers, families and their communities to meet the needs of children with special needs and their families.

Early Childhood Intervention AA pathway map

Freshman Year

ECD 50 Early Childhood Principles and Practices                       3 units

ECD 56 Child Growth and Development                                        3 units

ECD 62 Child, Family and Community                                           3 units

ECD 54 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition                                    3 units

ECD 63 Early Childhood Curriculum                                              4 units

ECD 79 Teaching in a Diverse Society                                             3 units

Sophomore Year

ECD 40 Social and Emotional Foundations

for Early Learning                                                                               3 units

ECD 60 Introduction to the Young Child

With Exceptional Needs                                                                    3 units

ECD 69 Child Study: Observation and Assessment                     3 units

ECD 90 Practicum: Supervised Experience                                  4 units

ECD 67 Infant and Toddler Development

and Caregiving                                                                                     3 units

ECD 91 Adaptive Curriculum for Children

With Exceptional Needs                                                                    3 units

Total            38 units

 

General Education Courses

For specific General Education courses refer to catalog section on A.A. Graduation Requirements.

Early Childhood Education Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)

This curriculum provides an opportunity to achieve an Associate Degree in Science in Early Childhood Development for transfer to the California State University System (CSU).

An AA in Early Childhood Development, a baccalaureate degree, and a credential is a direct pathway to becoming a Transitional Kindergarten teacher, as state regulations require a TK teacher to have 24 units of Early Childhood Education in addition to a BA/BS and a credential.

Completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work.

Early Childhood Education AS-T pathway map

ECD 50 Early Childhood Principles and Practices                         3 units

ECD 54 * Child Health, Safety and Nutrition                                  3 units

ECD 56 * Child Growth and Development                                       3 units

ECD 62 * Child, Family and Community                                          3 units

ECD 63 Early Childhood Curriculum                                                4 units

ECD 69 Child Study: Observation and Assessment                       3 units

ECD 79 Teaching in a Diverse Society                                              3 units

ECD 90 Practicum: Supervised Experience                                    4 units

Total                26 units

 

General Education for Transfer to CSU CSU GE or IGETC (CSU) 37-39 units (Possible Double-counting 9 units)

CSU transfer Electives as needed to reach 60 CSU transferable units.

All courses in the major or area of emphasis are required to have a grade of “C” or higher, and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be achieved

Lower Division requirements for the University of California system and private four-year schools vary by transfer school. Please see a counselor for transfer requirements for other institutions. Students who intend to transfer must meet all current transfer requirements including minimum GPA. Students are strongly advised to meet with a counselor to discuss transfer requirements and lower division major preparation that is needed for their intended transfer school.

CAREERS


With an Associate’s Degree:

  • Preschool Aide
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Family Child Care Provider

Chabot College ECD department also offers the additional courses required to qualify as:

  • Mentor Teacher
  • Preschool Director
  • Infant/Toddler Caregiver/Teacher

With a Bachelor’s degree:

  • Director of multi-site Child Development Programs
  • Director of education for a Child Development agency
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Human Services Agency Representative
  • Parent Educator
  • Child/Youth advocate in Social and Legal Arenas
  • Elementary and secondary school staff member

With additional post-Bachelor’s education:

  • Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Child and Family Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Public Health and Health Care Professional

The salary for these job opportunities varies by educational level and degrees earned, by experience in the profession and by the type of program.

CHABOT INDUSTRY PARTNERS/WBL Opportunities


The Chabot College Children’s Center and Lab School serves Chabot College students who are ECD majors. The Center is established to provide a laboratory setting for observation and to teach ECD students about children through first-hand/practicum experience in the classroom. The Center also provides quality care for children of students, the community, the staff and faculty. The Center provides a safe, educationally rich and developmentally appropriate environment for children ages 3-5 and is located in Bldg 3500.

The ECD Department instructors also work with the California Early Childhood Mentor Program, which trains teachers in the field who serve as mentors for student teachers from Chabot College. The Mentor Programs offers opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience working with children in high-quality programs in the community, in addition to or in place of practicum or lab hours in the Children’s Center and Lab School

Student quotes on WBL and/or class projects/programs

  • “[I like the] opportunity to observe in a laboratory school, learning about theories and how children learn, [and the] interaction among classmates who have a variety of experiences, thoughts and opinions.”
  • “The professors are well informed, nurturing, and helpful. The assignments and reading materials are appropriate to my real life classroom experiences. I can apply the teaching knowledge I have learned.”
  • “I like that the teaching tools used (video, group sessions, reflections, observations, lecture) have all helped me gain a better understanding of the environment I work in and has helped me understand what kind of teacher I want to be.”
  • “I like that we are given the privilege of working with the preschool teachers at the Chabot Children’s center, and we all get to interact with the children.”
  • “[The] teachers build a very trusting and welcoming environment to learn.
  • “The teachers are willing to give ideas and personal experiences. Teachers try to make learning easier by giving examples in life. They are more than happy to refer to resources; and they are passionate about Early Childhood Education.”
  • “I enjoy all the rich information I learn and can apply at my job. I like how the classes and teachers involve the students to work together. We are a community and I really feel that is true in my ECD classes. Everyone participates.”
  • “I learn something new every day.”
  • “all my ECD classes so far have been interesting, it doesn’t seem like actual classes.”
  • “the classes are interactive and very hands on. I have enjoyed the lectures and learned greatly from them- it has all been very practical and useful info for my current job.”