Minor in Early Childhood Studies

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ECS Minor Information Packet and Advising Form

link to ECS Undergrad HandbookThe 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.

Applying for the Early Childhood Studies Minor

If you wish to apply for the Early Childhood Studies Minor, please take the following steps:

  1. Print out a copy of your Degree Progress report and unofficial transcripts from SSU.  If you are a transfer student, also print out a copy of your “transfer credit report” by selecting “self service” in PeopleSoft (remember to click “expand” to get your full report).
  2. Make sure your Grade Point Average (GPA) is 2.5 or higher.
  3. To the best of your ability, complete the ECS Minor Advising Form
  4. Pick up a “Change of Major” form from Admissions and Records (2nd floor of Salazar Hall).
  5. Bring all of the above documents with you to your advising meeting.

Course Offerings in Early Childhood Studies Minor

Please note that the information in this table is subject to change. Courses are sometimes re-scheduled or cancelled due to low enrollment and other factors. You should always develop a back-up arrangement when planning your course of study.

Required Courses (19 units)

EDEC 220 Observing Child Development in the First Eight Years (4 units)

EDEC 237 Creating Environments for Young Children (4 units)

EDEC 270 Children and Families in a Diverse Society (4 units)

EDEC 420 Child Dev in the Family, School, and Community (3 units)

EDSP 432 Designing Inclusive Environments in ECE (4 units)

Possible Elective Courses (6 units required)

EDUC 250 Teaching in a Changing World (3 units)

*EDUC 417 School and Society (3 units)

EDMS 470 Multicultural Pedagogy (3 units)

AMCS 339 Ethnic Groups and American Social Policy (3 units)

AMCS 374 The Multiracial Experience (4 units)

AMCS 445 Multiculturalism and Education (4 units)

CALS 405 The Chicano/Latino Family (3-4 units)

CALS 450 Chicano/Latino Children’s Literature (3-4 units)

ENSP 440 Education and the Environment (4 units)

ENSP 442 Methods and Models in Education and the Environment (4 units)

KIN 400 Elementary School Physical Education (3 units)

KIN 410 Lifespan Motor Development (3 units)

PSY 409 Social and Emotional Development (4 units)

PSY 411 Behavioral and Emotional Problems of Children

PSY 418 Psychology of the Family

PSY 431 Introduction to Art Therapy

PSY 448 Cognitive Development (4 units)

SOCI 345 Sociology of Families (4 units)

SOCI 445 Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence (4 units)

*Also satisfies prerequisite for the Multiple Subjects (Elementary) Teaching Credential.If you are planning on applying to the Multiple Subject Credential Program at SSU, make sure you take EDMS 419, the second prerequisite, as a university elective.
Other elective courses may be chosen in consultation with the advisor.
Students who have taken Child 90.1 and Child 10 at a Junior College may apply for a waiver of EDEC 420.