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.


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 complete a change of minor/major form.  Please note that you must declare the minor well in advance of registration in order to have access to EDEC courses.

Are you deciding between the Education minor and the Early Childhood Studies minor?

The Early Childhood Studies minor is appropriate for students who want to work with younger children (birth to age 8) in child care programs, preschools, the early elementary grades, health care settings, etc.  If you are interested in teaching in transitional kindergarten (a high need area), the Early Childhood Studies minor will give you the 24 units of required early childhood coursework; you will also need a Multiple Subject teaching credential.

The Education minor is appropriate for students who want to work with older elementary, middle school, or high school students. It is also a great choice for anyone who is generally interested in education or who anticipates that education might be a significant part of their career (museum docent, park ranger, trainer, etc.)

For more information, please contact Giselle Perry at perryg@sonoma.edu for the Education minor or ECS minor.