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Early Childhood Education

Help shape young minds

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program provides an educational and practical foundation for students interested in working with children from infancy through third grade. Students can also enjoy on-site training that will prepare students for employment in the field of Early Childhood Education.

School of Humanities, Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Programs of Study

  • A
    Associate Degree
  • T
    Transfer Degree
  • C
    Credit Certificate
  • N
    Non-Credit
  • Limited Enrollment
    Limited Enrollment
  • Online Options Available
    Online Options

This program focuses on the theory and practice of Early Childhood Education and care for children from birth to age eight for occupational preparation. The course of study will include the basic principles of educational and developmental psychology; the art of observing, teaching and guiding young children; planning and administration of developmentally appropriate inclusive educational activities; school safety and health issues; and the social and emotional foundations of early care and education.

This degree assists students with seamless transfer to a California State University.

Program Code

MAS529/MAS530

The Early Childhood Education program provides an educational and practical foundation for students interested in working with children from infancy through third grade. In addition to theoretical principles, the curriculum offers practical skills and on-site training that will prepare students for employment in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Courses fulfill the required child development coursework for the state-issued Child Development permit.

Program Code

MAS544/MCE544

This certificate prepares the holder to provide service in the care, development, and instruction of children in a child development program. The twelve core units include EAR 20, 24, 28, and 42 and form the foundation upon which further early childhood coursework is built.

Program Code

MCE797

This certificate enables the holder to care for and assist in the development and the instruction of children in a child development program while under supervision. Students select two classes out of EAR 20, 24, 28, and 42 to meet the requirements for this certificate.

Program Code

MCE795

The Infant and Toddler Specialization certificate represents a composite of child development knowledge, skills, and responsibilities integral to working with children ages zero to three. Specific courses emphasize a responsive approach to the care and education of infants and toddlers in center-based programs and family child care homes.

Program Code

MCE681

This certificate provides students with an introduction in planning a quality in-home child care business, including the requirements of obtaining a license as a family child care provider and an understanding of National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards. The knowledge and skills covered in this program will enable students to set up good business practices, design developmentally appropriate curriculum and professionalism.

 

Program Code

MCC8033

More Ways to Learn

Why study early childhood education?

Early childhood educators have an opportunity to truly make a difference in young lives. They can inspire young minds, expose them to the joys of learning, and give them the foundation for lifelong success. At MVC, you'll develop your understanding of how children learn; gain real-world experience through our hands-on learning approach; and be equipped with the knowledge and competencies to prepare for a professional role in the ECE field.

What You'll Learn

  • How to develop, implement, and evaluate curriculum for children who are typical and atypical in the areas of physical, cognitive, language, creative and social/emotional growth.
  • How to develop and apply appropriate practices and effective techniques that respect the cultural diversity of young children and their families.
  • How to integrate an educational philosophy into classroom practices.
  • How to develop and implement a system of ongoing observational practices that helps adapt an educational environment to the evolving needs of children.

Career Options

Pursuing a career in early childhood education can lead you to work in various types of workplaces, with options based on your education level. From administrative positions for the business-oriented student to children's author/illustrator/animator for the creative, ECE is a large field with many career choices.

  • Infant/toddler caregivers
  • Preschool teachers
  • Family home childcare providers
  • Master teachers
  • Site supervisors
  • Program directors
  • Child life specialists
  • Social services workers