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About Program

The Oxnard College Early Childhood Education Program develops the knowledge and competence of students interested in teaching or working in related careers with children birth through third grade. The Program provides a sound theoretical foundation in principles of child growth and development from the prenatal period through the primary years, as well as a functional understanding of programs and curricula appropriate for young children. Skills emphasized include child observation, curriculum planning for diverse learners, advocacy, and interpersonal and communication abilities.

Upon completion of the Program students receive an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (Early Childhood Education AS-T) degree and may either enter the workforce or transfer to a baccalaureate program in a similar major at a CSU campus.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Education: Early Childhood degree program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in the discourse of the discipline.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional ethics and advocacy.
  • Discuss and apply theories of child development explaining patterns of physical, cognitive, social/emotional, language, and moral development and learning for young children ages birth to 3 years.
  • Explain aspects of the history of early childhood education, including the American education system, and the social and cultural morals that shaped history and affected contemporary practices.
  • Plan developmentally appropriate differentiated instruction and curriculum based on formative assessment and needs of diverse learners.
  • Demonstrate understanding of classroom dynamics, classroom management strategies, and inclusive classroom models.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of how family diversity issues affect teaching and learning.
  • Identify career opportunities open to graduates, and describe the path required for California Teacher Certification.

Students may complete their required practicum in pre-approved sites that may have their own specific requirements, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • COVID-19 vaccination
  • TB screening
  • Drug testing/screening
  • Live Scan
  • Criminal Background Check

Please note: these requirements may not be required of students to enroll in courses in the Ventura County Community College District.


Department Chair: Lois Zsarnay