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Bachelor of Arts
in Early Childhood
Development

with an Inspired Teaching and Learning
Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (California)

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Program Overview

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.

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Course Details

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Preparation for Major 

  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units

Course Name

Overview of major and theoretical frameworks and perspectives. Focus on gender and cultural impact on biological, physical, cognitive, social, moral, emotional and behavioral aspects of development for effective educational practices.

Focus on the influence of family, school and community on development and education of the young child. Special emphasis on the role of nutrition, positive home and school environments and community resources.

Focus on cultural pluralism and its impact on development and education in regards to teaching and learning strategies. Emphasis on self-examination, reflection, and integration of current processes involved in interactions and relationships in society.

Focus on the eight components for coordinated health for young children in out-of-home care. Health, physical education, health and nutrition services, health promotion for the staff, counseling and psychological services, a safe healthy environment, and family involvement, and community resources and personnel will be addressed. Attention will be directed towards children with special needs and challenging behaviors as well as legal and ethical issues in the field of early childhood.

Requirements for the Major

  • 9 courses; 40.5 quarter units

Early Childhood Education Core Requirements

Course Name

Focus on local, state and federal statutes and regulations in early education settings. Emphasis on ethical codes of conduct, including analysis of legal and ethical dilemmas and practice.

PrerequisiteECE 201; ECE 210; HED 220 and ECE 211

Inquiry into the nature and tasks of early cognition including social, cultural and biological foundations. Attention paid to current research implications for learning theory, individual differences and classroom instruction.

PrerequisiteECE 330

Focus on acquisition and developmental aspects of language related to emergent literacy skills. Emphasis on current research regarding language experiences that contributes to literacy acquisitions, including assessment and instruction.

PrerequisiteECE 330

Focus on essential elements of curriculum design including writing of goals, learning outcomes, developmentally appropriate activities, assessment measures and integration of the arts. Alignment with national and state standards stressed.

PrerequisiteECE 330

Focus on identification, design and delivery of developmentally age appropriate experiences that encourage active math, science and technology inquiry. Inquiry related to emerging notions of mathematical and scientific processes is basis for activities along with the inclusion of technology as a strategy.

PrerequisiteECE 330

Focus on play as the primary learning modality for young children. Theoretical basis for play as a means of teaching, role in learning and as a means of assessment emphasized.

PrerequisiteECE 330

Focus on acquiring and enhancing skills in the selection, administration, scoring, interpretation, reporting of screening assessment instruments. Emphasis on designing and implementing curricula based on assessment results.

PrerequisiteECE 330

Exploration of variations in child development and identification of specific disabilities in young children. Inclusive early childhood programs, specific strategies for adaptation and accommodation of the core curriculum to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of children who are at-risk or have special needs are examined.

PrerequisiteECE 330

Focus on observation, identification, description, and assessment of challenging behaviors. Designing and implementing effective teaching and learning strategies to successfully guide these behaviors within a social and cultural context.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development with a California Inspired Teaching and Learning 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 69 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. 

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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