Early Childhood Studies


The Early Childhood Studies (ECS) Department offers educational programs that advocate for understanding diversity and dual language development. The faculty use service learning, internships, face-to-face, hybrid, and online pedagogy in order to provide the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with children and families during the most critical developmental time in a child's life. Program graduates are prepared to work in infant-toddler programs, preschools, elementary schools, careers in home visiting, family support programs, post-baccalaureate degree programs, and other professional contexts that focus on working with young children and families. Presently the Early Childhood Studies baccalaureate includes emphases on Leadership in Early Childhood Teaching, Childhood Equity and Program Administration, Infant-Toddler Program and Practices, and General Emphasis in which students design their own coursework in collaboration with their faculty advisor. Students select one of the four emphases. ECS Program also offers an integrated ECS undergraduate program and education specialist credential (special education teacher).

The ECS program has been designed to incorporate transfer students from community college Child Development/Early Childhood Education programs by providing a track for the approved ADT with the 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. For more information, please email Dr. Eden Haywood-Bird.

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