Early Childhood Studies Department

Declaring the ECS major or minor requires a meeting with an ECS advisor.  If you are planning to declare the ECS major or minor, please talk to an ECS advisor by March 18, 2022.  If you initiate the change of major form after March 18th, it is unlikely that the system will recognize you as a major/minor in time to register for required courses for Fall 2022.  Please contact Elizabeth Jones at joneliza@sonoma.edu to determine which advisor your should contact.

Welcome to the Department of Early Childhood Studies at Sonoma State University.

The Department of Early Childhood Studies (ECS) provides a high-quality curriculum that is committed to improving early childhood education and advocating for social justice equity for an increasingly diverse group of young children and their communities.

The Major, Minor and Masters Programs prepare students to work effectively with children in early childhood (birth to age 8). The program will also focus on preparing professionals to be leaders and advocates on behalf of all children and families.

Mission Statement

"The Department of Early Childhood Studies prepares knowledgeable and caring professionals who are committed to contributing to a just society through high-quality education and social service for all children and families."