Early Childhood Studies Information for Transfer Students

Are you a community college transfer student interested in the Early Childhood Studies major?  

Here are some guidelines to help you plan your course of study. We recommend that you read this information and review the Major in Early Childhood information thoroughly.

If you have taken related coursework at another institution, these courses may meet some of the ECS major requirements. You will need to meet with an Advisor to determine your individual course credits.

If you have questions after you read the material, please contact an Early Childhood Studies Advisor.

Prerequisites to the Early Childhood Studies Major

Transfer students entering Fall 2017 or later must have a GPA of at least 2.5.

How to enter the Early Childhood Studies Major

To enter SSU as an Early Childhood Studies major, transfer students must have a GPA of at least 2.5. Students must declare a concentration in either Early Childhood Development or Early Childhood Education.

If you have taken related coursework at another institution, these courses may meet some of the ECS major requirements. You will need to meet with the Early Childhood Studies Advisor to determine your individual course credits.

Degree Requirements

The B.A. with a major in Early Childhood Studies requires that you complete a total of 120 units.

For transfer students, units fall into the following categories:

• 48 GE Units (for more information on GE units, see the Sonoma State General Education Requirements)

• 42 Major Units (16 lower-division + 26 upper-division)

• 30 Units of University Electives

Please visit the Major in Early Childhood Information Packet to see the list of courses for the Major.

How to Meet Requirements as a Transfer Student

Students who complete courses at a California Community College have three options for making progress towards the Early Childhood Studies major.

1.  Early Childhood Education Transfer Degree

Students who complete the Early Childhood Education transfer degree at a California Community College will receive credit at Sonoma State University for EDEC 201, EDEC 220, EDEC 237 or EDEC 247, EDEC 270, EDEC 110 and EDEC 450. For more information about the CAP 8 or the Early Childhood Education transfer degree, please see your community college counselor or visit Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP)

2.  Liberal Studies, Teacher Preparation

Students who complete the Liberal Studies—Teacher Preparation degree at a California Community College should plan to take the child development course called Child, Family, and Community as one of their electives.  In addition, the remaining 9 units of electives should be drawn from CAP 8 Child Development courses.  For more information about CAP 8, please visit the Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP) and schedule a meeting with an Early Childhood Advisor.

3.  Completing Individual Courses
Students who do not complete the Early Childhood Education Transfer Degree at a California Community College can take individual courses and receive credit towards the SSU Early Childhood Studies major. For more information about CAP 8, please visit the Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP) and schedule a meeting with an Early Childhood Advisor.