BA/MA Child Development/Early Childhood Special Education

BA—a minimum of 41 semester course credits and general BA requirements;
MA—a minimum of 24 semester course credits


This curriculum is approved to meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) requirements for a Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential with the specialty area of Early Childhood Special Education and added authorization of Emotional Disturbance. This credential allows the holder to work with children with special needs in early intervention programs and preschool special education classrooms.

Please Note: In compliance with the CCTC's requirement and in consideration of the logistics involved in internship placements, all students must pass the CBEST before being accepted to the program.

The following course sequence included in our early childhood special education program are required for students in the ADP BA/MA, Education with Emphasis in Early Childhood Education program who wish to obtain the ECSE Credential. Students will plan their course schedule with a faculty advisor.

Degree Requirements

EDUC 133Curriculum and Environments in Early Childhood Education Programs3
EDUC 136Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children3
EDUC 134Research Methodology for Observing Children4
EDUC 137Language Development: Literacy, bilingualism, and communication3
EDUC 138Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning3
EDUC 142The Hospitalized Child3
EDUC 154Medical Information: Children in Hospitals and Clinics2
EDUC 155Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children3
EDUC 160History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education3
EDUC 191ATheory and Practice of Early Childhood Education: Infancy/Young Children4-6
EDUC 191BTheory and Practice of ECE: Curriculum and Instruction for Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs4-6
EDUC 194ASenior Seminar: Child Development3-4
EDUC 194BSenior Seminar: Child Development II3-4
Plan of Study Grid
Fifth YearHours
EDUC 214 Family Systems and Cultural Diversity: Connections with Schools, Communities, and Hospital Setting 3
EDUC 276 Leadership and Administration in Early Childhood Programs 3
EDUC 231 Assessment and Intervention for Children with Special Needs 3
EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning 3
EDUC 275A Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Ed and Infant Mental Health 3
EDUC 275B Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Ed and Infant Mental Health 3
EDUC 294A Graduate Seminar: Research in Education—ECE 3
EDUC 294B Research Seminar—ECE 3
 Hours24
 Total Hours24