Early Childhood Studies Information for Transfer Students

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Are you a community college transfer student interested in the Early Childhood Studies major? Here are some guidelines to help you plan your course of study. We recommend that you read this information, and review the program description information thoroughly. If you have questions and would like to speak with an advisor after you review the material, contact Chiara Bacigalupa, Ph.D. for an appointment.

Degree Requirements

The B.A. with a major in Early Childhood Studies requires that you complete a total of 120 units.

For transfer students, units fall into the following categories:

• 48 GE Units (for more information on GE units, see http://www.sonoma.edu/advising/ge/)
• 42 Major Units (16 lower division + 26 upper division)
• 30 Units of University Electives

CORE REQUIREMENTS

UNITS

Lower-Division Coursework

EDEC 201 Foundations of Early Care and Education

4

EDEC 220  Observing Child Development in the First Eight Years

4

EDEC 237  Creating Environments for Young Children

4

EDEC 270  Children and Families in a Diverse Society

4

Upper-Division Coursework

EDEC 331  Studying Children in Context

4

EDEC 420  Child Development in the Family, Community, and School*
(Meets GE, Area E)

3

EDEC 437  Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood Classrooms

4

EDSP 432  Young Children with Special Needs

4

EDEC 435  Leadership and Advocacy on Behalf of Children and Families

4

EDEC 478  Senior Portfolio

1

Major Electives (upper division, 6 units)

How to Meet Requirements as a Transfer Student

Students who complete courses at a California Community College have two options for making progress towards the Early Childhood Studies major.

1. Early Childhood Education Transfer Degree

Child Development departments in the California Community College System are adopting a common set of lower division courses called the CAP 8. These eight courses are the required courses for the Early Childhood Education Transfer Degree (for more information about the CAP 8 or the transfer degree, please see your counselor or visit http://www.childdevelopment.org/cs/cdtc/print/htdocs/services_cap.htm).

Students who complete the Early Childhood Education transfer degree will receive credit at Sonoma State University for EDEC 201, EDEC 220, EDEC 237, and EDEC 270. EDEC 420 will be waived, and some units will be applied toward GE and university electives.

2. Completing Individual Courses

Students who do not complete the Early Childhood Education Transfer Degree at a California Community College can take individual courses and receive credit towards the SSU Early Childhood Studies major.

SSU Early Childhood Studies Courses

California Community College CAP 8 Courses (using SRJC numbering system)

EDEC 201 Foundations of Early Care and Education (4 units)

CHLD 51 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children (3 units)

EDEC 220  Observing Child Development in the First Eight Years (4 units)

CHLD 90.2 Observatin and Assessment (3 units)

EDEC 237  Creating Environments for Young Children (4 units)

CHLD 90.4 Introduction to Curriculum (3 units)

EDEC 270 Children and Families in a Diverse Society (4 units)

CHLD 68 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 units)

EDEC 420 Child Development in the Family, School and Community (3 units)

CHLD 10 Child Growth and Development plus CHLD 90.1 Child, Family and Community (6 units)

Please note that courses are not equivalent in terms of units. Thus, it is likely that students who complete some of these courses at a community college will need to complete additional units when they transfer to SSU. For this reason, it is highly recommended that students complete a Child Development Practicum course before transferring.

The numbering system on the right is that used at Santa Rosa Junior College. For other community colleges that have adopted the CAP 8, the course title will be the same, even though the prefix might be different. To see aligned courses at your college, visit your counselor or http://www.childdevelopment.org/cs/cdtc/print/htdocs/services_colleges_aligned.htm.