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 in early childhood development with a California preliminary multiple subject teaching credential provides a broad, rigorous education that prepares early childhood education (ECE) credential 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. This early childhood development major program focuses 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 Sanford College of Education Credential Information section of the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Identify essential concepts, inquiry tools, structure of content areas and resources for early childhood education.
  • Develop oral, written, and technological skills for communicating with families and very young children.
  • Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.
  • Use systematic observations, documentation, and other assessment strategies in partnership with families and professionals to positively influence children’s development and learning.
  • Implement a curriculum that promotes development and learning outcomes for diverse young children.
  • Demonstrate ethical, legal, and professional standards in early childhood practice.
  • Design, implement and evaluate standards-based lesson plans for learning and achievement in content areas.
  • 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 a minimum 70.5 units of 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. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.

Preparation for the Major (4 courses; 18.0 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (9 courses; 40.5 quarter units)
Early Childhood Education Core Requirements
Core Requisite(s):
All Early Childhood Education coursework has field experience component.
Teacher Education Core Requirements (8 Courses; 36 quarter units)
Students may take this sequence of courses in any order.
Core Requisite(s):
All Teacher Education coursework has field experience component. The CBEST and CSET are prerequisite exams that must be passed prior to beginning the Teacher Education Coursework.
Student Teaching Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
TED 530A, TED 530B, TED 531A and 531B are field experience courses receiving a Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory, or Incomplete grade and are not factored into cumulative GPA.