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Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education

The B.A. Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree completion program is designed to equip graduates with the skills and teaching methodology needed to create and implement optimal, nurturing learning environment for children birth through eight years old.

 Available Online

63 Units required for completion

2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

Eligible for Prior Learning Assessment Credits

B.A. Early Childhood Education

As actively engaged participants, students in the BA in Early Childhood Education on-campus program learn about essential principles and theories of pedagogy and child development and engage in supervised learning experiences to integrate and apply their knowledge. Students will learn strategies for facilitating growth and development in cognitive development and motor skills, language and psychosocial learning, tailoring learning to the cultural needs of all children and appreciating what each child and family has to offer.

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Specializations and Teaching Credentials

Sample BA in Early Childhood Education Courses

Cognitive Development: How Children Learn

This ECE course explores the relationship between psychological theory and practice in education. It provides an overview of the application of fundamental principles of psychology to the teaching and learning process of children. The course covers topics such as theories of cognitive development, motivation, and classroom instruction.

Child, Family, and Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Education

This Early Childhood Education course examines the requisite knowledge and skills successfully establishing, supporting, and maintaining respectful collaborative relationships between today’s diverse families, schools/centers, and community resources. Students will also be introduced to inclusive programs for children and schools that serve young children with and without special needs.



The B.A. This Early Childhood Education degree program provides the coursework, fieldwork, and practicum experience required for various child development permits in the state of California.

Admission Requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or a traditional academic (non-vocational) area of study or successful completion of 48 units from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. and meet the following course requirements:
    • Humanities and the Arts (9 units)
    • Science and Math (9 units)
    • Oral and Written Communication (9 units)
    • Minimum of 3 units in English Communications
    • Maximum of 3 units in Early Childhood Education Language Arts
    • Social Science (9 units)
    • Minimum of 3 units in Introductory Psychology
    • Minimum of 3 units in either Introductory Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended