Program: Child Development: Early Childhood Education

Are you interested in exploring careers working with children and families? Employers in the fields of Child Development and Early Childhood Education want to hire people who understand how children of all ages learn and develop.  Our students go on to a wide range of related careers including preschool teachers, child psychologists, and elementary teachers.  We offer the classes you need to gain knowledge and to build skills to get hired! 

Career Opportunities
  • Work as a Teacher’s Assistant with as few as 6 units.
  • Work your way up the career ladder with our many certificate and degree options.
  • Take courses necessary to earn Child Development Permits from the State of California.
  • Earn our ECE AA and ECE AS-Transfer degrees and complete your education at the CSU/UC level.
  • Elementary Teachers can complete the 24 units required to teach the new grade – Transitional Kindergarten.
     

Degrees & Certificates

Explore the degrees and certificates offered by Child Development: Early Childhood Education Program.

REQUIRED COURSES – Early Childhood Education (AS-T)

REQUIRED COURSES – Early Childhood Education (AA + Cert.)

REQUIRED COURSES – Special Education Assistant (AA + Cert.)
 

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

Plan Code: 5501B/C – The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year degree program in Child Development or Early Childhood Education. A fouryear degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education is suitable preparation for application to multiple subject (elementary education) teaching credential programs. An AST degree in Early Childhood Education fulfills the state education requirement for a fully qualified teacher in a public or private early childhood setting. Students who complete this degree will receive priority admission with junior status into the CSU system.  

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Design, implement, and evaluate environments and activities that support optimum developmental play and learning outcomes for all young children.  
  • Demonstrate responsive care and teaching practices for young children through the integration of assessment, theory, and practice.  
  • Apply effective guidance and interaction strategies to support children’s social learning, peer relations, and self-confidence.  
  • Incorporate ethical and professional standards engaging in collaborative learning and reflective practices.  
  • Transfer from LBCC to a University. 

Associate in Arts degree (AA), Early Childhood Education 

Plan Code: 1302 – This field of concentration is designed for students preparing to work with infants, toddlers, pre-school or school-age children in a group setting as an assistant, teacher, master teacher, site supervisor, or center director. An A.A. degree in Child Development fulfills the state education requirement for a fully qualified teacher in a public or private early childhood setting.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Design, implement and evaluate environments and activities that support optimum developmental play and learning outcomes for all young children. 
  • Demonstrate responsive care and teaching practices for young children through the integration of assessment, theory, and practice. 
  • Critically assess the components of linguistically and culturally relevant, inclusive, age-appropriate, anti-bias approaches in promoting optimum learning and development. 
  • Apply effective guidance and interaction strategies to support children’s social learning, peer relations, and self-confidence. 
  • Incorporate ethical and professional standards engaging in collaborative learning and reflective practices.

Certificate of Achievement, Early Childhood Education 

Plan Code: 3302 – This field of concentration is designed for students preparing to work with infants, toddlers, preschool or school-age children in a group setting as an aide, teacher, master teacher, site supervisor, or center director.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Design, implement and evaluate environments and activities that support optimum developmental outcomes for young children.
  • Demonstrate care and teaching practices for young children that integrate assessment, theory, and practice.
  • Critically assess the components of linguistically and culturally relevant, inclusive, age appropriate, anti-bias approaches in promoting learning and development.

Certificate of Accomplishment, CDECE – Assistant Teacher

Plan Code: 4055 – May assist in the instruction of children under the supervision of an Associate Teacher or above. 

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Describe the socialization of the child focusing on the interrelationship of family, school, and community.
  • Describe the development of children from conception through adolescence in the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive domains.

Certificate of Accomplishment, CDECE – Associate Teacher

Plan Code: 4056 – May provide instruction and supervise assistant.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Design, implement and evaluate environments and activities that support optimum developmental outcomes for young children.
  • Demonstrate care and teaching practices for young children that integrate assessment, theory, and practices.

Certificate of Accomplishment, CDECE – Family Development 

Plan Code: 4052 – The focus of this program of study is on developing the skills and knowledge to effectively work with and support families in a variety of settings. Highly recommended for students interested in working as Head Start Family Service Workers and/or other employment in Human Services fields.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Analyze the core principles underlying the empowerment and the strength-based family support approach to family development.
  • Synthesize family development principles.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Child Development Permit Specialization Areas

For graduation with a Certificate of Accomplishment Area of Specialization Permit, as defined on the State Child Development Matrix for a master teacher:  

  1. Complete one of the specialization areas below with a minimum grade of “C” in each course.
  2. Complete 24 units in Early Childhood Education, including CDECE 45 or 47, and CDECE 48, in addition to the six required in the area of specialization. (For a total of 30 ECE credits)
  3. Fifty percent (50%) or more of the six units required for the specialization must be completed in residence (credit earned by exam, where applicable, may be included) at LBCC.  
  4. Complete 16 general education units. 
  5. Complete 2 units of Adult Supervision. 

Complete and submit the certificate application form to the Admissions and Records office during your final semester of course work. These forms are available in the Admissions and Records office.


Certificate of Accomplishment, Child Development Permit Specialization – Child Health & Safety 

Plan Code: 4059 – The focus of this program of study is on developing an understanding of the laws, regulations, standards, policies, procedures and early childhood curriculum related to child health, safety, and nutrition.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Identify and demonstrate regulations, standards, policies, and procedures related to health, safety, and nutrition in early childhood settings.
  • Evaluate environments for both positive and negative impacts on children’s health and safety including first aid situations and appropriate responses.
  • Describe strategies used to promote health, safety, and nutrition of children and adults in early childhood settings.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Child Development Permit Specialization – Children with exceptional needs

Plan Code: 4060 – The focus of this program of study is preparation for working with children with special needs in the context of the school, family, and community.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Classify service referral options specific to family needs.
  • Explain various exceptionalities and conditions of children and identify interventions based on the developmental continuum.
  • Design curriculum strategies based on children’s’ individual needs in an inclusive and natural environment.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Child Development Permit Specialization – Family Child Care

Plan Code: 4061 – The focus of this program of study is preparation for setting up a developmentally appropriate, viable child care business from home.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Design and diagram a developmentally appropriate learning centered room arrangement in family child care.
  • Design and evaluate the environment and day to day policies and procedures for implementing a family childcare program.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Child Development Permit Specialization – Infant/Toddler 

Plan Code: 4062 – The focus of this program of study is on developing the skills and knowledge in preparation for working with young children ages 0-3 in a group setting. 

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of developmental concepts and theories pertaining to children birth to 36 months in the physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional domains.
  • Summarize the essential policies and practices of quality infant and toddler programs.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Child Development Permit Specialization – Early Literacy

Plan Code: 4066 – The focus of this program of study is on developing the skills and knowledge to support young children’s language acquisition and literacy skills.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Integrate research-based strategies for language and literacy development into the development of appropriate activities and environments for both first and second language learning young children.
  • Evaluate and integrate children’s development, characteristics, and needs into literature selection and presentation of books and book related activities.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Child Development Permit Specialization – Early Childhood Education 

Plan Code: 4122 – The focus of this program of study is on planning, implementing and evaluating curriculum activities for young children in early care and education environments.  

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Demonstrate skills in analyzing resources and approaches to selecting and developing science and mathematic activities and curriculum for young children.  
  • Plan and demonstrate developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, and respectful music and movement activities.  
  • Develop and organize a comprehensive art and creativity portfolio which includes developmentally appropriate activities to engage children with open-ended materials. 

Associate in arts degree (AA), Special Ed Assistant

Plan Code: 1310 – Students prepare to work as a classroom assistant with children who have special needs. An A.A. Degree increases employment opportunities, salary potential and prepares students for transfer. Employment opportunities include: Teacher Assistant in School Districts, Residential Care Centers, Department of Rehabilitation, or Private Agencies.  

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Design, implement, and evaluate environments and activities that support optimum developmental play and learning outcomes in an inclusive environment for all children. 
  • Demonstrate responsive care and teaching practices for all children through the integration of assessment, theory, and practice.  
  • Apply effective guidance and interaction strategies to support all children’s social learning, peer relations, and self-confidence.  
  • Incorporate ethical and professional standards engaging in collaborative learning and reflective practices. 

Certificate of achievement, Special Education Assistant

Plan: Code 3310 – Students prepare to work as an assistant with children who have special needs. Employment opportunities include: Teacher Assistant in School Districts, Residential Care Centers, Department of Rehabilitation, or Private Agencies.  

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Design and evaluate environments and activities that support optimum developmental play and learning activities for an inclusive environment for all children.  
  • Demonstrate knowledge of applying effective guidance and interaction strategies to support all children’s social learning, peer relations, and self-confidence.  
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional standards when engaging in collaborative learning and reflective practices. 

Course Offerings

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Course Name   Fall   Winter Spring Summer

CDECE 1
The Developing Professional 

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CDECE 19
Health, Safety and Nutrition

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CDECE 259
Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood

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CDECE 31
Adult Supervision

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CDECE 34
Children’s Literature

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CDECE 40
Infant/Toddler Development

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CDECE 41
Infant/Toddler Curriculum

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CDECE 45
Child and Adolescent Development 

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CDECE 47
Human Development  

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CDECE 48
Child, Family and Community 

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CDECE 50
Intro to Curriculum 

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CDECE 53
Principles and Practices 

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CDECE 54
Art & Creative Development – Early Childhood

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CDECE 55
Music & Movement in Early Childhood

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CDECE 57
Science & Math in Early Childhood

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CDECE 58
Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

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CDECE 59
Guiding Young Children

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CDECE 60A
Administration of Child Development Programs
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CDECE 60B
Advanced Supervision
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CDECE 61
Teaching in a Diverse Society 

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CDECE 66
Observation and Assessment

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CDECE 68
Practicum

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CDF 210A
Skills and Strategies for Family Workers Part 1
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CDF 210B
Skills and Strategies for Family Workers Part 2
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CDFDC 212A
Family Childcare Management A
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CDFDC 212B
Family Childcare Management B
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CDLL 52
Fieldwork
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CDLL 52B
Advanced Fieldwork
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CDLL 603
CDC Participation
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CDSED 5
Community Resources/Special Education
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CDSED 67
Intro to Children with Special Needs
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CDSED 69
Special Education Practicum
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Curriculum for Special Needs
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Course descriptions

FAQ

I’m interested in Child Development/Early Childhood education, where do I start?

The best place to start is by calling the Counseling Department to schedule an appointment with an LBCC academic counselor who specialized is CD/ECE.  A counselor can create an Educational Plan with you to make sure you are on the right path to meet your goal.

CD/ECE Counselors Emails
Tom To tto@lbcc.edu
Diana Ogimachi dogimachi@lbcc.edu
Alicia Andujo aandujo@lbcc.edu
Lorraine Bloun lblouin@lbcc.edu

Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

How many units do I need to get a job working with young children?

You can begin your career in CD/ECE with as little as 6 units (two courses)!  Most programs that serve children ages 2-5 years employ teaching assistants who meet the minimum unit requirement with 6 teaching units.  The Assistant Teacher Certificate of Accomplishment is available at LBCC. 

I want to be an elementary school teacher and work with Kindergarten through 2nd grade- is this the right program for me?

Degrees in Child Development or Early Childhood Education are excellent preparation for an eventual Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program.  Since Elementary teaching preparation and certification is something that you apply for after completion of a Bachelors degree there are several undergraduate degree options.  In California there is a new grade “transitional kindergarten”- students who want to be prepared to teach this grade will need a minimum of 24 units of ECE- so if you know you want to work with young children a degree in Child Development or Early Childhood education is the way to go.

Your program says that you offer several different certificates. What’s the difference in the jobs I can qualify for at the different certificate levels?

In the field of Early Care and Education there are more employment opportunities when you complete more units.  Our certificates are very closely aligned with the California Child Development Permit levels from the California Department of Education.  You can begin your career with as little as 6 units as a teaching assistant and work your way up to be a lead teacher, director or early elementary school teacher with different degrees.  Please contact one of the counselors who specialize in Child Development and Educational studies for more specific information.

What is the difference between a certificate or degree from LBCC and a teaching permit from the state?

Our certificates at LBCC are titled in the same way as the levels of the CD permit because they provide you with the appropriate educational preparation to apply for each level of the permit.  Applying for a permit from the CDE is a separate process.  You can find more information about the permit from CDE.

Do you assist students in applying for a teacher permit?

Through the Child Development Training Consortium grant we can assist current students with applying for their Assistant through Teacher level permit from the Child Development Division of the California Department of Education.  For more information about applying for your permit contact Dr. Julie Frumkin.

I am already working in a child care center and have some units. Now I want to earn a certificate and/or complete my associate’s. What should I do to get started? 

The best place to start is by calling the Counseling Department to schedule an appointment with an LBCC academic counselor who specialized is CD/ECE.  A counselor can review your transcript and create an Educational Plan with you to make sure you are on the right path to meet your educational and career goal(s).

I think I want to work with young children but I’m not sure. Do you offer any courses that can give me real experience in the classroom so I can find out? 

CDLL 52: Fieldwork (a 3-unit course) offers students an opportunity to work with children in a supervised setting, at one of our two campus lab schools. We encourage all students to take this course early in their education to get a feel for your future role as a teacher in the early childhood classroom.

I am a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) teacher with a bachelor’s degree and a multiple subject teaching credential. Do you offer the 24 units I need?  

Yes, we do! 
By 2020 Multiple subject credential holders who want to teach transitional kindergarten in California need to complete 24 units of child development course work.  Any combination of our “CDECE” courses will satisfy this requirement however we do have a recommended series of courses- please feel free to contact the Child Development and Educational Studies Department Chair or any other full-time faculty member in the department for specific information, support or advice. 

What is the best preparation for students who want to teach in the early elementary grades (Kindergarten, first, and second)?

We believe that the best preparation for work with young children (ages birth to age 8) is Child Development. Students find success in completing their AA or AS-T with us before transferring to the four-year university to complete their degree in elementary education and earn their credential. Understanding Child Development is critical to success in the classroom.

I want to work with children but not in the classroom. Do you offer courses that will prepare me for other careers with children and families?

Being a classroom teacher is just one of the career paths that an education in child development or early childhood education can lead to.  A degree in Early Childhood Education can lead to careers in psychology, social work, human services, resource and referral, child life and many others.  Most of these careers require additional degrees and/or certification but an undergraduate foundation in child development is excellent preparation for any career working with young children and families. 

How long does it take to complete the program?

Depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student, completing a certificate program can take as little as one semester and completing an associate degree program can take about two years.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit Financial Aid for tuition cost and Federal Work Study information.

HOW TO transfer & LOOK UP COMPARABLE COURSE LISTINGS

To help determine if courses taken at other schools are comparable to Long Beach City College courses, please visit LBCC Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

For more information, please visit LBCC Transfer Center.

How do I receive my degree or certificate after I finish the coursework?

You will need to complete an application for your degree or certificate and submit that application to the LBCC Admissions & Records office. Visit Admissions & Records for more details.