May 22, 2019  
2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog

Early Childhood Studies, B.A.: 120 units

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Offered by: College of Education and Integrative Studies, Early Childhood Studies 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 any California Community College, as well as to serve native CPP students.  Transfer students who have completed the ECE ADT (ECE AS-T or AA-T) will be able to graduate in two years by completing the 60 semester units of required coursework at Cal Poly Pomona.  Native full-time students will be able to graduate in four years by completing the 120 semester units of required coursework.  The program follows the general Cal Poly Pomona admission requirements.

The baccalaureate program contains a total of 120 semester 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 1000 , ECS 1100 , ECS 2010 /ECS 2010A , ECS 2100 /ECS 2100A , ECS 2200 , and ECS 2300 ) 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 three years of the program, students can only be admitted into the Early Childhood Studies program during the Fall term (Fall 18 and Fall 19).

Major Electives: 21-23 units

Emphasis Required Core: 15-17 units

Select ONE of the following four Emphases:

Unrestricted Electives: 1-3 units

Select a sufficient number of courses so that the total from "Major Electives", "GE", and "Unrestricted Electives" is at least 72.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

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

  Course Term Taken Grade
Area A. English Language Communication and Critical Thinking (9 units)
1. Oral Communication      
2. Written Communication      
3. Critical Thinking      
Area B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (12 units)
1. Physical Sciences      
2. Life Sciences      
3. Laboratory Activity      
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning      
5. Science and Technology Synthesis      
Area C. Arts and Humanities (12 units)
1. Visual and Performing Arts      
2a. Philosophy and Civilization      
2b. Literature and Language Other than English      
3. Arts and Humanities Synthesis      
Area D. Social Sciences (12 units)
1. U.S. History and American Ideals      
2. U.S. Constitution and California Government      
3. Social Sciences: Principles, Methodologies, Value Systems, and Ethics      
4. Social Science Synthesis      
Area E. Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (3 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: 21 units

An alternate pattern for partial fulfillment of GE Areas A, C, and D available for students is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program.  Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major.  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 1100 , IGE 1200   A2 and C2b
Sophomore IGE 2100 , IGE 2200   C1 and C2a
Junior IGE 2300 , IGE 2400   D1 and D3
Senior IGE 3100   C3 or D4

American Institutions: 6 units

Courses that satisfy this requirement may also satisfy GE Area D1 and D2.

American Cultural Perspectives Requirement: 3 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 semester following completion of 60 units for undergraduates.

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