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Early Childhood Education

The mission of the early childhood education program at Vanguard University is to guide, mentor, and train highly qualified early childhood educators to serve in private and public early learning centers. Our goal is to equip students with the professional and spiritual tools needed to live a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.

Early childhood education courses are taught online in an accelerated seven week format. Each semester consists of two seven-week sessions. Courses are taught by highly qualified instructors with educational and professional backgrounds in early childhood education. Christian philosophy and values are integrated throughout all classes. The early education classes at Vanguard University meet the formal requirements for Title 22 and Title V for the State of California. Additionally, they meet the formal educational training requirements for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Preschool Associate Credential (PAC), and director’s certificate.

There are two degrees available within the early childhood education program: a bachelor of arts (B.A.) in early childhood education, and an associate of arts (A.A.) in early childhood education.

Early Childhood Education (B.A.)

The B.A. in Early Childhood Education provides students with the foundation to teach in early childhood education centers. This program also offers an emphasis in special education.

Early Childhood Education (A.A.)

The A.A. in Early Childhood Education program includes courses such as child growth and development, introduction to curriculum, and teaching in a diverse society.

Early Childhood Education Certificates

The Certificate in Early Childhood Education includes courses such as child growth and development, child, family and community, and early education practicum.

Individual Courses

For non-degree seeking students. Individual courses are available to students in need of continuing education units or specific coursework.

Accreditations

West Coast Science
Western Association of Schools & Colleges
Awesome Biology
Assemblies of God
Awesome Biology
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Meet Our Faculty

Kyanne Albelo

Kyanne Albelo

ADJUNCT
Cynthia Anne Bartlett

Cynthia Anne Bartlett

Adjunct
Julia Chandler

Julia Chandler

Adjunct
Seon Chun-Burbank

Seon Chun-Burbank

Chair, ECE; Assistant Professor
Shelby Clatterbuck

Shelby Clatterbuck

Adjunct
Robin Fairfield

Robin Fairfield

Adjunct
Michelle Hardy

Michelle Hardy

Adjunct
Deidre Jones

Deidre Jones

Adjunct
Rosa Moon

Rosa Moon

Adjunct

Jeanette Oehrlein

Adjunct
Caryn Price

Caryn Price

Adjunct
Doris Sims

Doris Sims

Adjunct

A Sampling of Early Childhood Education Courses

ECED 101

Child Growth and Development

Child Growth and Development

This course covers the study of social, emotional, intellectual, physical, creative, and spiritual areas of development from conception through middle childhood with an emphasis on the preschool years. Theories of development are studied along with the various stages of growth. These concepts will be presented from a Biblical perspective.

ECED 300

Guiding the Young Child's Behavior

Guiding the Young Child's Behavior

This course examines appropriate child guidance principles and practice. Positive teacher/child interactions along with guidance techniques will be examined. A Biblical emphasis will be placed on teaching self-regulation and self-control concepts that result in responsibility and ownership of behavior.

ECED 305

The Exceptional Child and the Inclusive Classroom

The Exceptional Child and the Inclusive Classroom

This course provides an overview of children with exceptional cognitive, physical, social, and/or emotional characteristics, including learning disabilities. Students will be introduced to special education laws and their implications for delivery systems, transition plans, and identification and placement procedures.

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