Early Childhood Studies

The early years are a critical time in the life of children as they develop at a phenomenal rate. This program is designed to provide students with the beginning knowledge and skills to interact with young children 0 to 8 years and their families in a variety of educational and service settings. Major developmental theories are emphasized and each course addresses developmentally appropriate practices including methods to prepare students for leadership roles and child advocacy.

Why CBU?

This major focuses on young children’s growth and development viewed through the lens of a Christian worldview. This degree opens up other careers beyond teaching and prepare students to be leaders in early intervention including medical settings, child advocacy, and county offices of education.

What can you do with an ECS degree from CBU?

Students interested in Transitional K-12 teaching can apply to the credential program. Those interested in teaching Pre-K Special Day Classes or working with disabled or developmentally delayed children, 0- 8 years old, may focus on obtaining an Early Childhood Education Specialist credential. The EC Studies major provides a solid foundation in developmental theory preparing the student for teaching, however, many early childhood studies majors are aware of only a few of their career options. There are many more positions than one might realize that are available to an early education professional. Remember to network when looking for careers in this field. Every person or association you join is another contact you have.

Career Opportunities

  1. Early Childhood Teacher/Site Supervisor/Program Director
  2. Early Childhood Interventionist
  3. Child Life Specialist
  4. Director of Children's Ministry
  5. County Office of Education- Infant and Early Childhood Service Coordinator


  1. California Association for the Education of Young Children
  2. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

  • Frequently asked questions about the ECS major

    Question: What is the difference between the Liberal Studies major and the Early Childhood Studies major?

    Answer: The Liberal Studies major is designed to offer both depth and breadth of content. The Elementary Subject Matter Liberal Studies major's specific purpose is to provide courses aligned with state standards and prepare students for the demands of the classroom. Conceptual, the LBS program is to give students the opportunity to see the big picture, i.e., think well, write well. While the LBS major covers general knowledge, the Early Childhood Studies major focuses on coursework in both early childhood studies and early childhood intervention. This is a very specific major that prepares students to not only teach young children but also grooms them for other fields outside of education.

    Question: Are there any prerequisites?

    Answer: Yes, students must take English 113 and English 123.

    Question: Do students in the EC Studies major have to take the CBEST?

    Answer: Only if they want to go into public K-12 teaching.

    Question: What about the CSET? I heard the LBS major prepares students for the CSET. Will the EC Studies major prepare them as well?

    Answer:The LBS major, specifically ESM majors, may be better prepared to take the CSET, but remember, not all EC Studies will be interested in public school teaching.

  • Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Interpret, analyze, evaluate and apply various theories of developmental learning in order to design a theoretically-based learning environment that supports young children including children with disabilities.

    2. Compare, contrast and evaluate current world view with a Christian worldview to inform lifestyle and decision making especially in the area of early childhood development and care giving.

    3. Identify and reflect upon personal strengths and weaknesses as they apply to complex social identities including the importance of collaboration both in the university setting, community and work environment.

    4. Using the skill of discernment evaluate and construct reasoned ethical judgments, showing awareness of multiple value systems and apply these judgments, using collaboration and leadership skills to create ways to promote social justice and child advocacy in local, national, and global communities.