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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Program Description


A.A. Early Childhood Education
A.A. Early Childhood Education, Site Supervisor
AS-T Early Childhood Education for Transfer
AA-T Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer

Certificates of Achievement

Early Childhood Education, Teacher Program Disclosure
Early Childhood Education, Infant Specialist Program Disclosure
Early Childhood Education, School Age Child Care and Education Program Disclosure
Early Childhood Education, Master Teacher Program Disclosure

Certificates of Proficiency

Early Childhood Education, Associate Teacher
Early Childhood Education, Home Early Care and Education

Program Description

This program offers a hands-on approach to learning skills in working with young children from birth through the age of 12. Certificates and degrees have been designed to prepare students for employment at the various levels within privately funded child care centers and publicly funded child development programs.

The program meets the course requirements for teachers and directors of private child care programs licensed by the California State Department of Social Services (Title 22). In addition, the program meets the coursework requirements for the Child Development Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Elementary Teaching
For the person interested in teaching in a self-contained elementary school classroom, Cosumnes River College has courses leading toward a Liberal Studies major at California State University, Sacramento. Before selecting classes, please check with your counselor to receive the most up-to-date information.

Secondary Teaching
In order for a student to prepare for a secondary teaching credential, the student should complete the lower division requirements for the teaching major while completing the transfer general education requirements needed for transfer. A counselor can assist the student in selecting the appropriate courses.

Career Opportunities

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Early Care and Education Teacher
  • School Age Teacher
  • Infant Care Teacher
  • Infant Care Director
  • Preschool Director
  • Public School Aide
  • Family Care Education Provider
  • Parent Educator
  • Home Visitor
  • Site Supervisor of Preschool/School Age Programs
  • Parent Program Coordinator

Some Career Opportunities may require more than two years of college study


  • Three AA degrees and six certificates
  • On-and-off campus course offerings
  • Day, evening, and weekend offerings
  • On-line course offerings

Students planning to enroll in Work/Field Experience or practicum classes (ECE 300, ECE 321, ECE 334, ECE 350, and ECE 498) must show evidence of TB clearance before working with children.

The Teacher and Master Teacher Certificates, as well as the AA Degrees in Early Childhood Education and the Site Supervisor, are aligned with the Child Development Permits issued by California’s Commission of Teacher Credentialing (January 1997). California law requires that teachers in state funded child care and development programs possess a Child Development Permit.

Note to Transfer Students:
If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the bachelor’s degree.

For information about the student learning outcomes for this program, see