Early Childhood Education

Why Study Early Childhood Education at CCC?

The Early Childhood Education Department at Clovis Community College teaches students to work with young children and their families in a variety of roles and settings. Early education programs include state-funded children's programs, private and public preschools, family child-care, and public school programs. Classes in Early Childhood Education can lead to careers working directly or indirectly with children in related fields, such as psychology, social services, and pediatric health. Students can earn certificates that align with the California Child Development Permit Matrix, in order to qualify for various education roles in the field of early care and education. Our core 8 classes can be easily transferred to other approved colleges or universities.

Our Philosophy

Our view of children's development and learning is based on our beliefs which are founded on research and are supported by development theory. It is our belief that young children are competent individuals who grow and learn through exploring and investigating the world around them. We view each child as unique with their own pattern of development, influenced by their socio-cultural experiences. We value each child and their family and desire a connection between home and school. We are committed to supporting children's social-emotional growth and wellbeing.

Early Childhood Education Courses

ECE Courses:
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ECE 1 CHDEV 1 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children
ECE 2 CHDEV 39 Child Growth and Development
ECE 3 CHDEV 3 Introduction to Curriculum
ECE 4 CHDEV 30 Child, Family, and Community
ECE 5 CHDEV 20 Observation and Assessment
ECE 6 CHDEV 6 Health, Safety and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education
ECE 7 CHDEV 15 Diversity and Culture in Early Care Education Programs
ECE 8 CHDEV 37A Early Childhood Practicum
ECE 10 CHDEV 37B Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education
ECE 11 CHDEV 49 Guidance for Young Children
ECE 12 CHDEV 12 Child Abuse
ECE 13 CHDEV 47 Emergent Literacy
ECE 14 CHDEV 38 Lifespan Development
ECE 15 CHDEV 5 Parent Education
ECE 19V CHDEV 19V Cooperative Work Experience
ECE 20 CHDEV 17A Infant and Toddler Practicum
ECE 21 CHDEV 17B Advanced Infant and Toddler Development
ECE 30 CHDEV 11 The Young Child with Special Needs
ECE 40 CHDEV 40A Administration I Programs in Early Childhood Education
ECE 41 CHDEV 40B Administration II Personnel & Leadership in Early Childhood
ECE 45 CHDEV 45 Adult Supervision and Mentoring in Early Care & Education

Degrees & Certificates offered

  • Child Development AS
  • Early Childhood Education AS-T
  • Child Development Certificate
  • Child Development Associate Teacher Certificate
  • Child Development Early Intervention Assistant Certificate
  • Child Development/Teacher Certificate



National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.


Career Opportunities

  • Education Administrators
  • Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, and Infant Toddler Teachers
  • Child Family and School Social Workers
  • Nannies
  • Child Life Specialist

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