Minor in Early Childhood

Download the Early Childhood Minor Information Packet (For students who declared the minor prior to Fall 2020)
Download the Early Childhood Minor Information Packet (For students declaring the minor in Fall 2020 or later)

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The minor in Early Childhood Studies is offered by the School of Education. The minor gives students from any major at Sonoma State University a concentration in the study of early childhood development and learning. This minor is useful for students interested in pursuing careers involving work with young children from birth through age eight in fields such as Education, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, and others. For a minor in Early Childhood Studies, students must take five required courses (19 units) plus an additional six units of elective courses, for a total of 25 units.

Courses required for the minor can be used to apply for a California Child Development Permit, and when the appropriate electives are chosen, the minor can also cover prerequisites for the Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential program. If your ultimate goal is to obtain a Child Development Permit or enroll in the Multiple Subjects Credential program, please be sure to consult with an Early Childhood Studies advisor and the Multiple Subjects Credential Advisor to ensure that you take the appropriate courses.

Prerequisites

Students wishing to add the Early Childhood Major or Minor are required to have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5.

Declaring the Early Childhood Studies Minor

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

  1. Ensure your GPA is 2.5 or higher.
  2.  Meet with Dr. Elita Amini Virmani by March 19th, 2021.  If you declare the ECS minor after March 19th, it is unlikely that you will be classified as an ECS minor in time for Fall 2021 registration.

For information on how to meet with Dr. Amini Virmani, please see our advising page. 

For additional information about the program see the Early Childhood Major Program.