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Bachelor of Arts in Child Development: Early Development Care and Education

Early Development, Care and Education

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The Bachelor of Arts in Child Development – Early Development Care & Education (EDCE) degree completion program is the product of a long-time collaboration between Sacramento State’s College of Education (where the main campus Child Development program is housed), College of Continuing Education, and local child-care and education organizations.  

The first cohorts began in 2007.  The program was developed in response to the critical shortage of well-qualified teachers and administrators working in EDCE settings.  The EDCE workforce shortage has come about partly because California has begun making changes, more in line with other states and countries, towards requiring a bachelor’s degree to be a teacher or administrator in programs serving infants, toddlers, and young children.  


  • Cohort-based learning: The cohort system provides the framework and network needed to complete a bachelor’s degree within a specific time frame.
  • Classes guaranteed: Since the program is a cohort model, the classes are made specifically for the cohort students.
  • Convenient class times and satellite classroom locations: Classes are always held in the evenings or on weekends to cater to the working student. Classrooms are provided by local agencies within the community (e.g. Head Start, county offices of education, and community colleges).
  • A variety of student services are provided: Don’t navigate the CSU system alone! We provide a variety of student services including transcript evaluations, admission assistance, financial aid guidance, degree completion advising, and graduation advising.


The program is ideal for:

  1. Prospective students who have attended a community college and
  2. Are transfer eligible to a four-year university.

Not sure if you are transfer eligible? We will let you know and create an educational plan for you!


  • The EDCE program is based on a learning-community model with a combination of video and web-based delivery, coupled with local face-to-face cohort discussion and facilitation.
  • The EDCE program utilizes the same curriculum offered on the main campus. 
  • Course content is video-streamed from an originating studio classroom on the main campus, offering the same upper division classes that are currently required of Child Development majors. 
  • The video-streamed content will be viewed by the cohort students in a group setting, and follow-up discussions will be facilitated by a Cohort Instructor. 
  • The Cohort Instructor collaborates with the main campus Child Development instructional faculty to ensure full academic support for students in the distance-education degree program.
  • Students will take 2 courses a semester for 8 semesters including fall, spring, and summer, finishing in three years.


  • The EDCE program only admits students in the fall and begins cohorts in various areas at that time.
  • Please contact the EDCE program staff for upcoming cohort locations.


  • Financial Aid is available.
    Prospective students can apply online at
    For more information, visit Sacramento State’s Financial Aid website at

Admission Requirements

  • Admission into the EDCE Program requires:
  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)
  • 2.0 GPA in previous college coursework
  • 60 transferable units which must include:
    1. 30-45 Units of college level general education including college level English plus 2 of the following:
      1. Oral Communication
      2. Critical Thinking
      3. College Level Math
    2. 12 Units of coursework in Child Development, Early Childhood Education or related field to include the following with a "C-" grade or better:
      1. Child + Adolescent or Human Development
      2. Child, Family & Community
      3. ECE practicum/fieldwork
      4. ECE elective

Preliminary Admission Procedures

Completed Department Application

Students must submit unofficial transcripts for review to determine eligibility for enrollment.

Department Applications and unofficial transcripts may be submitted to:

By Mail:

Sacramento State, College of Continuing Education
Attn: EDCE Program
3000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA 95819-6103

Or by Fax: 916-278-3685
Attn: EDCE Program


For questions and program information, please contact the program coordinator at (916) 278-4863 or

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Course Offerings

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Core Courses (18 courses, 50 units required )
3 Academic Credits
3 Academic Credits
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3 Academic Credits
3 Academic Credits
3 Academic Credits
1 Academic Credit
3 Academic Credits
1 Academic Credit
3 Academic Credits
3 Academic Credits
3 Academic Credits
3 Academic Credits
3 Academic Credits
3 Academic Credits
3 Academic Credits
2 Academic Credits
1 Academic Credit
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