The Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education (BAECE) has been designed to include the competencies and guidelines as established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); the Child Development Associates National Competency Standards (CDA); and the National Head Start Association (NHSA). The completion of the BAECE degree program meets the educational requirements needed for the Child Development Associates National Licensing program and meets the requirements of the State of California Child Development Permits.The program is based on a conceptual framework of current theory, contemporary perspectives and sound research findings. Focus is on knowledge, attitudes, skills, practice, reflection and field experiences needed to become efficient, competent, and effective professionals in the field of early childhood education. Emphasis is on designing appropriate learning environments, individual and adaptive curricula, and instructional strategies and techniques to maximize learning outcomes. Topics demonstrated, both in writing and discussion, provide a broad-based foundation of child development in the areas of familial and socio-cultural influences on learning and brain development, parent empowerment, peer cooperation and collaboration, early cognition, emerging literacy (listening, speaking, reading and writing), ongoing participant observation and appropriate developmental screening assessments, child advocacy, law and ethics, and, most important, play as pedagogy.
Total Credits Required
180 quarter units
high school graduate or passed a high school-level GED test
National University also offers a hybrid program - 50% of classes online and 50% of classes on site.
Specific Technology Requirements
Technical requirements are outlined on this page - http://myonlinelogin.com/index.learn?action=technical
Dr. John Carta-Falsa
Professor, School of Education, Teacher Education 11255 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla CA 92037