Bachelor of Arts
in Early Childhood
with an Inspired Teaching and Learning
Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (California)
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The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development with a California Inspired Teaching in Learning Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential provides a broad, rigorous education that prepares you for a career as a teacher at early elementary grades. The bachelor’s program introduces you to essential knowledge, strategies, techniques and connections across the disciplines as applied to young children. As a child development major, you’ll focus on an enriched and thought-provoking curriculum incorporating content across subject areas, specific educational methodology courses and preparation for professional work as multiple subject teachers in elementary grades.
The ECE credential is designed for teacher candidates who will be dedicated to inspiring K6 learners by ensuring for them: social-emotional thriving, meaningful academic achievement and an equitable and inclusive learning community. All candidates must demonstrate subject-matter competency through a state-approved examination (CSET).
Please note: To avoid interruption to program progress and/or financial aid arrangements, students need to satisfy /pass the Basic Skills Requirement (e.g., CBEST) and Subject Matter Competency Requirements (e.g., CSET) PRIOR to starting the multiple credential area method courses.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
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.
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