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Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Earn your Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brandman University at over 20 campuses throughout California.

Parents and educators alike understand the importance of providing high quality early care and learning opportunities to young children. Early childhood educators are the advocates for this mission. They focus on delivering inclusive care and education to children, ages birth to eight, in a variety of settings. These valuable professionals have the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to facilitate the positive growth and development of future generations.

Why ECE at Brandman?

Brandman University child development courses integrate brain research and evidence-based practices that support development and learning so graduates can apply theories directly to the classroom setting. They will understand and help facilitate child, family and community relationships and see them as reciprocal forces for positive growth. They will employ formal and informal assessment procedures to gather information and provide meaningful programs and curricula.

To meet the needs of early childhood educators, Brandman's Early Childhood degree incorporates:

Learning Modalities

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education prepares you for providing high quality care and education to young children up to the age of eight in a flexible format that allows you to achieve your degree while pursuing your career.

Unlike other online programs, our degree is practice-based. Fieldwork and two practicums give Brandman graduates the hands-on experiences that school districts seek.

The bachelor’s degree has unique features that center on direct application such as fieldwork and two practicums that let you demonstrate your teaching competencies under guided supervision. The capstone course allows you to demonstrate your mastery and reflect on the knowledge, skills and dispositions required to be an effective early childhood educator. Based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Preparation Standards for Initial Licensure and the California Early Childhood Educator Competencies, the program is designed to complement previous early childhood educational training and fieldwork typically received in community colleges. Lower division coursework mirrors the Curriculum Alignment Project Eight (CAP 8) which provides a foundation for upper division content and experiences.

California Transitional Kindergarten stipends available through 2019.

Courses available online or in a blended format at many of our California campuses.

Program availability may vary by campus location.

Did you Know?

Christina Portillo is the principal at R.H. Dana Elementary in Dana Point, California. She decided to get her Doctorate in Education at Brandman because she wanted to be a better leader. Christina says that her Brandman education helped her understand how to work more effectively with her staff and provide greater leadership. Since Christina has been principal, her school has been named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.


Designed For Busy Adult Students.

We offer programs on campus, online, or both with year round enrollment. Some School of Education programs are offered fully online, or attend convenient evening classes one night a week on campus. 

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From application to graduation, Brandman University helps you achieve your goals with comprehensive student support services.

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Besides Brandman's competitive tuition, our innovative curriculum will teach you to develop groundbreaking ideas that create positive change within the educational landscape of your community.

Private, Nonprofit, Accredited.

All School of Education programs are nationally accredited by The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and all credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

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