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  Feb 19, 2018
2017-2018 University Catalog

Early Childhood Studies, B.A.: 180 units

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Offered by: College of Education and Integrative Studies, Education Department

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Studies is designed to meet the growing need for quality early childhood professionals prepared at the baccalaureate level and to meet the need for students' preparation for future graduate studies in early childhood.  The purpose of the BA in Early Childhood Studies is to prepare students with appropriate knowledge, skills and dispositions that reflect the perspective of equity and fairness in their work with children from birth to age eight and their families.  While here at Cal Poly Pomona, students examine related early childhood processes and identify implications of theory for the examination and application of principles and practices within diverse family, program and community contexts.

Students develop and demonstrate skills of culturally competent communication and the ability to engage in reflective practice/supervision in building responsive/reciprocal relationships with children and families.  Students also concentrate on the importance of ethical and equitable decision making.  Through their understanding that diversity is an asset to be acknowledged, promoted, and cultivated, CPP ECS BA graduates will be poised to lead the early childhood profession with a clear vision of social justice for individual and group of young children and their families.

The program has been designed to incorporate transfer students from community college Child Development/Early Childhood Education programs by providing a track for the approved Early Childhood Education Transfer Model Curriculum (ECE TMC) and/or the approved Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP) courses from the California Community Colleges, as well as to serve native CPP students.  Transfer students who have completed the ECE AS-T or AA-T will be able to graduate in two years by completing the 90 quarter units of required coursework at Cal Poly Pomona.  Native full-time students will be able to graduate in four years by completing the 180 quarter units of required coursework.  The program follows the general Cal Poly Pomona admission requirements.

The baccalaureate program contains a total of 180 quarter units including articulated transfer courses.  Students who meet the requirements for general admission to the University can elect ECS as their major.  Those students who have completed the lower division core courses (ECS 100, 110, 201/201A, 210/210A, 220, and 230) at Cal Poly Pomona or articulated from another Institution of Higher Education must have a C or better in each of these six lower division core courses in order to enter the major.  Students are required to earn a grade of C or better in all major coursework in order to graduate.  During the first two years of the program, students can only be admitted into the Early Childhood Studies program during the Fall term (Fall 16 and Fall 17).

Select one of the following Emphasis: 20-24 units

General Emphasis: 20 units

Select 20 units in consultation with approval from your CPP ECS Advisor.

Unrestricted Electives: 9-13 units

Select a sufficient number of courses so that the total from "Emphasis", "GE", and "Unrestricted Electives" are at least 101.

General Education Requirements: 68 units

Students should consult the Academic Programs website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

  Course Term Taken Grade
Area A. Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)
1. Oral Communication      
2. Written Communication      
3. Critical Thinking      
Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)
1. Physical Science      
2. Biological Science      
3. Laboratory Activity      
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning      
5. Science and Technology Synthesis      
Area C. Humanities (16 units)
1. Visual and Performing Arts      
2. Philosophy and Civilization      
3. Literature and Foreign Languages      
4. Humanities Synthesis      
Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)
1. U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals
    a. United States History
    b. Introduction to American Government
2. History, Economics, and Political Science      
3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies      
4. Social Science Synthesis      
Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-development (4 units)      

For an alternative and interdisciplinary way to complete some of their GE requirements, students may choose the Interdisciplinary General Education program, see below. 

Interdisciplinary General Education: 32 units

An alternate pattern for partial fulfillment of GE Areas A, C, D, and E available for students is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program.  Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major.  Students must be exempt from or score at least 147 on the EPT to qualify for IGE.  Please refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for additional information.

How IGE fulfills General Education Requirements:

Year Completion of IGE Courses Satisfies GE Requirements
Freshman IGE 120 , IGE 121 , IGE 122   A2 as well as any 2 courses from C1-C3
Sophomore IGE 220 , IGE 221 , IGE 222   D1 (8 units) and D3
Junior IGE 223 , IGE 224   D2 and Area E

American Institutions: 8 units

Courses that satisfy this requirement may also satisfy GE Area D1.

American Cultural Perspectives Requirement: 4 units

Refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for a list of courses that satisfy this requirement.  Course may also satisfy major, minor, GE, or unrestricted elective requirements.

Graduation Writing Test

All persons who receive undergraduate degrees from Cal Poly Pomona must pass the Graduation Writing Test (GWT).  The test must be taken by the quarter following completion of 120 units for undergraduates.

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