Early Childhood Education

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Would you like to help children explore their world, deepen their thinking and develop their social relationships?  Consider a career in Early Childhood Education.

The Early Childhood Education Program at College of the Redwoods allows students to explore the most current and innovative theories and practices of Early Childhood Education in order to implement them in developmentally appropriate programs for children.  In addition to course work, students have opportunities to work directly with children in a child development setting.

Early Childhood Education Program Brochure (PDF)


  • Child Care Center Teacher                                                
  • Head Start Teacher/VisitorHome 
  • Infant-Toddler Caregiver
  • School-Age Child Care Teacher
  • Child Care Aide
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Child Care Center Director
  • Child Care Center Owner-Operator
  • Resource and Referral Technician
  • Respite Worker
  • Transfer to a four-year university to pursue an elementary teaching credential or other field related to families and children.


Course work enables students to meet licensing requirements for teacher and director under Community Care Licensing Regulations (Title 22).  College of the Redwoods courses also allow students to meet the requirements for the Child Development Permit (Title 5) at the Associate Teacher, Teacher and Site Supervisor level.  Permits are issued by the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing.  Experience to meet requirements are gained in ECE 1, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, and CE 42.

For more information about the Early Childhood Education Program, Child Development Permit requirements, Licensing Requirements or transferring to a University call the Early Childhood Education Program at (707) 476-4338 or e-mail questions to:   Sydney-Larson@redwoods.edu

A.S. Degree Requirements


(Meets requirements for Child Development Permit-Teacher Level)


33 or 32
General Education Courses           18
Electives    9 or 10


ECE 1, 2, 5 and 7 are offered each semester on the Eureka campus.  Other courses are offered once each year except ECE 12 and 13 that alternate each Spring Semester.  Classes Rotate between day and night time hours.


ECE 1, 7, 9, require three hours per week of fieldwork on campus at the Child Development Center.  ECE 11 and 15 Require three hours of field experience per week at a childcare site approved by the instructor.  ECE 10 requires six hours of field experience per week either on campus at the CDC or with a Mentor Teacher selected through the California Early Childhood Mentor Program.

Early Childhood Education Faculty

Csutoras, AthenaDNathena-csutoras@redwoods.edu
Freneau, PhilDN707-465-2334phil-freneau@redwoods.edu
Hancock, MichelleEKAmichelle-hancock@redwoods.edu
Larson, SydneyEKA707-476-4338sydney-larson@redwoods.edu
McClure, JessicaKTjessica-mcclure@redwoods.edu
Stone, AlissaEKAalissa-stone@redwoods.edu
Titus, ChrisEKAchris-titus@redwoods.edu
Wilson, BetsyEKAbetsy-wilson@redwoods.edu