Major in Early Childhood

Download the Early Childhood Major Program Information Packet (For students who declared the major prior to Fall 2020)

Download the Early Childhood Major Program Information Packet (For students declaring the major in Fall 2020 or later)

Download the Early Childhood Studies Major Map

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Studies provides students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to work effectively with children in early childhood (birth to age 8). Students will study multi-disciplinary theories, research, and best practices in early care and education, with an emphasis on socio-cultural factors that affect learning and development. 

They will learn how to use theories and research from anthropology, child development, education, health, psychology, sociology, and multicultural studies to promote the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of diverse young children. Students will study the science of assessing children’s growth and development, and they will acquire skills in effectively communicating these findings to families and community partners. The program will also focus on preparing professionals to be leaders and advocates on behalf of all children and families.

The B.A. with a major in Early Childhood Studies requires that you complete a total of 120 units. Units fall into the following categories:

  • 48-50 GE Units (For more information on GE units, see Sonoma State University GE)
  • 43 Major Units (37 Core + 6 ECS Electives)
  • 27-36 Units of Electives from across the University (Depends on how many courses double-count towards the major and GE.)

The program offers three concentrations:

  1. The Early Childhood Education concentration prepares students for a career in an early education setting.
  2. The Early Childhood Development concentration prepares students for a career working with young children and families in non-education settings.
  3. Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) allows students to complete a BA in ECS and a Special Education credential at the same time.

Declaring the Early Childhood Studies Major

If you wish to apply for the Early Childhood Studies major, please take the following steps:

  1. Meet with an ECS advisor by October 28, 2022 to learn more about the program.
  2. Complete a Change of Major/Minor Form. If you declare the major after October 28th, it is unlikely that you will be classified as an ECS major in time for Spring 2023 registration.