Early Childhood Studies

EDvance’s BA in Early Childhood Studies is for early childhood education professionals who work full-time. Our cohorted program is designed to develop equity-driven teachers, leaders, and change agents to transform the future of children and communities.

Program Overview

Our BA in Early Childhood Studies is designed to meet students where they are and accommodate the reality of having to juggle life’s obligations–family, work, and school. Courses are offered remotely and at convenient times for working students with guaranteed course availability and a realistic workload. 

Graduates of our program are qualified to serve in a variety of roles and capacities in the early childhood field. Over 90% of our alumni are employed in the early childhood field a year after graduation.

Graduation Requirements

  • 120-unit program designed to be completed 
in four years for full-time students

  • A cumulative GPA average of 2.0 or higher

  • Completion of two senior projects with a C or higher:

  1. a. Capstone Project: A comprehensive inquiry project on an early childhood education issue

  2. b. Professional Portfolio: A showcase of student’s work demonstrating mastery of concepts and skills

EDvance Alumni Data

In a 2020 Alumni Survey 62% were employed in a classroom working with young children; 15% were employed in another role within the ECE field; 15% were employed as an administrator of a program that has direct care of young children; 8% were not currently employed in the early childhood field.

Program Learning Outcomes

Our BA Degree in Early Childhood Studies was intentionally designed to develop high quality, workforce-ready educators. Upon completion of the ECS BA Degree, students will be proficient in the following outcomes:

Explains the role of policy, advocacy, and organizing in early childhood education to act as leaders and agents of change.

Describes and applies scientific inquiry principles for observing, assessing, documenting, and interpreting children’s development.

Describes the early childhood education field and profession with a particular focus on concepts and competencies, working conditions, management, history, systems and structures, and ethical, legal, and professional standards.

Demonstrates and applies subject-specific pedagogy and developmental processes of domain learning.

Demonstrates professional communication skills using verbal, written, and visual forms to build positive, collaborative relationships with families, children, colleagues, and the community.

Describes, practices, and promotes equitable approaches to create positive learning opportunities for children and families with a strong focus on language learning and inclusion.

Plans, develops, articulates, and implements theoretically-underpinned interventions and curriculum to create positive and healthy learning environments.

Demonstrates and elevates a culture of reflective practice.

What our students have to say

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Program Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to provide students with general education and ECE content and skills via an intentional mix of instructor-led remote sessions and independent learning activities. Courses are taught over a 15-week semester and are specifically designed for the working ECE professionals.

Lower Division

Pathway courses and sequence are subject to change at the discretion of EDvance College.

Year 1

Semester one

ECS 100

Introduction to Curriculum Development

3 units

ECS 110

Introduction to Child Development

3 units

ECS 112

Child, Family and Community (Writing Development)

3 units

ECS 121

Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children CORP

3 units

ECS 121A

Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children Practicum

3 units


ECS 200

Inclusive Development in Infant and Toddler Settings

3 units

ECS 212

Observation and Assessment (Writing Development)

3 units

ECS 220

Brain Development in Young Children

3 units

ECS 221

Infant + Toddler Development  CORP

3 units

ECS 221A

Infant + Toddler Development Practicum

3 units

Year 2

Semester THREE

ECS 250

Language, Literacy, Art, and Music (General Education)

3 units

ECS 240

Introduction to Multilingual Learners: A JEDI+B Framework

3 units

ECS 282

Exploring US History through Children’s Literature (General Education)

3 units

ECS 161

Language and Literacy Curriculum Development CORP

3 units

ECS 161A

Language and Literacy Curriculum Development Practicum

3 units


ECS 252

Early Relational Health (General Education)

3 units

ECS 270

Sensory Integration and Motor Skills

3 units

ECS 260

Mathematics for Early Childhood Educators (General Education)

3 units

ECS 281

Mathematics Curriculum Development CORP

3 units

ECS 281A

Mathematics Curriculum Development Practicum

3 units

Upper Division

Introduction to Child Development SBS 140 

Children, Families, and Communities ECS 120

Pathway courses and sequence are subject to change at the discretion of EDvance College.

Year 3

Semester FIVE

ECS 310

Social-Emotional Learning and Teaching

3 units

ECS 312

Determinants of Health and Development in Children

3 units

ECS 320

Introduction to Inclusive Development

3 units

ECS 321

Introduction to Communities of Reflective Practice CORP

3 units

ECS 321A

Introduction to Communities of Reflective Practice Practicum

3 units


ECS 330

Research in the Context of Language and Literacy

3 units

ECS 332

Professional Communication and Advocacy

3 units

ECS 340

Language and Literacy Development for Language Learners

3 units

ECS 341

Strategies for Language and Literacy Development CORP

3 units

ECS 341A

Strategies for Language and Literacy Development Practicum

3 units

Year 4

Semester SEVEN

ECS 430

STEAM Concepts in ECE

3 units

ECS 432

Equity in Action: Policy, Advocacy, and Organizing in Early Childhood

3 units

ECS 450

Supporting Children’s Creativity through Curriculum Development

3 units

ECS 451

Introduction to Communities of Reflective Practice CORP

3 units

ECS 451A

Pedagogical Approaches in STEAM Practicum

3 units


ECS 520

Capstone Project

6 units

ECS 531

Professional Practitioner in ECE CORP

6 units

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for EDvance College prospective students must: 

Lower Division Admission: Have a high school diploma/GED and a CA Child Development Associate Teacher Permit or a Child Development Associate CDA Credential

Upper Division Admission: Completion of at least 60 semester units or 72 quarter hour credits and meet upper division transfer requirements

Be currently employed to work a minimum of 15 hours a week at a licensed ECE center while attending courses each semester

Must demonstrate English Proficiency through one of the following methods:

  • Graduation from a U.S. high school
  • Passing an accredited college course in English reading and composition

Applicants whose primary language is not english and who do not meet the criteria above must provide proof of English Proficiency. Accepted Proficiency tests include: TOEFL, IELTS Academics & Duolingo

To determine eligibility, students receive assistance from a multilingual admissions coordinator to submit transcripts and complete admission applications. Our admissions team will review transcripts and help build the best pathway, providing support throughout the process

EDvance seeks students who are:

Diverse in experience

Motivated and engaged

Willing to put in the work required

Committed to advocate for the children they serve, themselves, and the field of early childhood education

Life-long learners focused on growth and development as they practice the craft of teaching

Program Roadmaps

Our BA in Early Childhood Studies program was designed to meet students where they are at academically today and fast-track the rest of their academic journey with a focused curriculum and guaranteed courses. Our academic advisors are available to help map our your specific education plan and next available cohort start date following the guidelines below.

How to determine your roadmap at EDvance College:


Complete an EDvance Education Plan by having a  1-on-1 Advising Session with an EDvance Academic Advisor.

Schedule an Advising Lesson


Based on the number of eligible units completed, EDvance Academic Advisor will identify the appropriate semester for admission.

See Transfer Requirements


Complete remainder of admissions process as instructed by your EDvance Academic Advisor.

See Admissions Process