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Bachelor of Arts Major in Early Childhood Development with a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (California Only)

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The Bachelor of Arts majoring in Early Childhood Development with a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential provides a broad, rigorous education that prepares candidates for a career as a teacher at early elementary grades. Candidates are introduced to essential knowledge, strategies, techniques and connections across the disciplines as applied to young children. Focus is on an enriched and thought-provoking curriculum that incorporates content across subject areas, specific educational methodology courses and preparation for professional work as multiple subject teachers in elementary grades. All candidates must demonstrate subject-matter competency through a state-approved examination.

For additional information on credential requirements, please see the School of Education Credential Information section of the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify essential concepts, inquiry tools, structure of content areas and resources for early childhood education.
  2. Develop oral, written, and technological skills for communicating with families and very young children.
  3. Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for young children.
  4. Use systematic observations, documentation, and other assessment strategies in partnership with families and professionals to positively influence children’s development and learning.
  5. Implement a curriculum that promotes development and learning outcomes for diverse young children.
  6. Demonstrate ethical, legal, and professional standards in early childhood practice.
  7. Create positive relationships and appropriate interactions with young children.
  8. Apply educational technology to meet the needs of all learners.
  9. Design, implement and evaluate standards-based lesson plans for learning and achievement in content areas.
  10. Create positive learning environments that ensure healthy human growth.
  11. Explain how to support growth in cognitive, social, physical, and emotional domains.
  12. Utilize systematic observations, documentation, and other assessment strategies to facilitate and account for learning and to support positive growth.
  13. Demonstrate professional standards and ethics.
  14. Utilize different teaching strategies to accomplish the teaching and learning goals.


To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development with a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, candidates must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Candidates should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.

Preparation for the Major (4 courses; 18.0 quarter units)

Early Childhood Education Core Requirements
Requirements for the Major (13 courses; 58.5 quarter units)
Early Childhood Education Core Requirements
Core Requisite(s):
Teacher Education Core Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Student Teaching Requirements (4 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):