Professional Studies Programs Refer-A-Friend Promotion

Refer-A-Friend to enroll in one of Vanguard University Professional Studies Degree programs ONLY by June 17th and you will both receive a $500 Scholarship towards tuition (after the student completes 6 units).  Call today and ask to speak to one of our admissions counselors for details at 714-668-6130.




Vanguard University Early Childhood Education Program Ranked #6

Vanguard University’s Early Childhood Education Program is ranked #6 overall according to Best Colleges.  Click here to read the full article.



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Professional Studies Information Meeting October 18

Would you like to learn more about our Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Business, Religion, and Psychology?  Come to our Information Meeting on Tuesday, October 18th and hear from students, faculty and staff about our program.


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Vanguard University Faculty Presenting at CAEYC Conference April 1 & 2


Rosa Moon, M. EdRosa Moon, M. ED., Vanguard University Early Childhood Education Adjunct Faculty, will be conducting a workshop at the CAEYC Conference on Friday, April 1, 2016 titled “Autism, Early Signs and Interventions”,  from 2:00 – 3:30.

Ms. Moon holds a Master of Education in Special Education (specialized in Intervention for Children with Autism) from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of Korea. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics from the Catholic University of Korea. Since 2004, Ms. Moon has been working with children with autism and other special needs students at various settings, such as clinical settings, private school, and client’s home with diverse programs.

In addition, Ms. Moon has passion and love for the students with special needs, and she continues to volunteer at the Grace Ministries International Church, Ministries for Children with Special Needs as a Sunday school teacher. Ms. Moon offers workshops to her staff and volunteers on diverse subjects such as Children with Autism, teaches bible study as well as arts and crafts, and develops summer retreat programs for students with special needs.

Ms. Moon’s interests include promoting communication skills for children with autism, creating  Behavior Intervention Plans, collaborative teaching, working with paraprofessionals, and curriculum development for children with special needs. In her spare time, Ms. Moon loves to watch movies, hike, go to beach, visit museums, and drink coffee with her friends.


Seon 2Dr. Seon Chun-Burbank, ED. D. MPA, Vanguard University Early Childhood Education Faculty Chair will be co-presenting a workshop at the CAEYC Conference on Saturday, April 2 titled “What Other Ways Can I Use Pattern Blocks?” from 10:00 – 11:30.

Dr. Chun-Burbank received her BA degree in Early Childhood Education from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea; her MA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Iowa; her Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction degree also from the University of Northern Iowa; and Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to working at VU, Dr. Chun-Burbank worked at two higher education institutions as an Early Childhood Education program chair and core-faculty for 7 years and worked for an educational publishing company as a program consultant for 4 years. Dr. Chun-Burbank highly enjoys being a pre-K classroom teacher and treasures her time interacting with young children. Knowing and believing the importance of early childhood in human development, Dr. Chun-Burbank is grateful to have opportunities to provide quality education to adult learners who can influence young children’s development.

To learn more about Vanguard University Early Childhood Education Programs click here.



2016 CAEYC Conference

2016 CAEYC Conference

Vanguard University Early Childhood Education will be represented at the 2016 Annual CAEYC Conference and EXPO, which is scheduled for March 31- April 2 in beautiful Pasadena, California.

Pasadena was a very popular location for the 2014 Conference. More than 2,700 attendees gathered for that event! Start planning now to attend this inspirational, educational early childhood professional event. There is much to see and do in the wonderful city of Pasadena and planning has already begun to create great events for us to celebrate our profession.

The CAEYC Conference Committee is generating quality ideas as we take time to consider the feedback from participants from the last few years of conference. We want to ensure our participants have a great experience and come away with new ideas, resources and tricks for your tool bags.

Our focus for the conference is timely for sure with the new state and national emphasis on Early Care and Education. The theme this year is “Early Education: A Pathway to Lifelong Learning.”

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Vanguard Welcomes Dr. Chun-Burbank, Early Childhood Education Chair

SeonDr. Chun-Burbank received her Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction, as well as her Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, from the University of Northern Iowa. She received a Master of Public Administration in Public Finance Management from California State University, Fullerton. Her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education is from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea.   In addition to her teaching and administrative experience at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, she served as a consultant for the Center for Constructivist Education in Seoul, Korea, where she designed curriculum and evaluated the effectiveness of published materials.   Prior to her service at Pacific Oaks, Dr. Chun-Burbank was the program coordinator at the University of Alaska Southeast, where she built statewide partnerships with school districts, community organizations, and colleges.   Her experiences in developing marketing strategies, managing faculty and staff, writing and managing grant projects, and providing academic guidance to students are highly regarded assets to Vanguard. We are excited to have her join our faculty and look forward to her contributing to our university-wide quality programming. To learn  more about our Early Childhood Education programs please click here.

Vanguard Awarded Ranking in the Top 10 Schools for Online Early Childhood Ed Degrees

best-online-early-educationThe  SuperScholar Smart Choice ranking was designed as a tool to help prospective early childhood educators make a smart choice about where to invest their time and money in earning their degree. Programs were selected and ranked based on publicly available information on their academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field, and cost.

The Value of an Online Early Childhood Education Degree

A degree in Early Childhood Education is the perfect for people who love working with children and helping them flourish. Early childhood educators have the unique opportunity to impact the lives of children at the most important stage of their growth and development. The impact of good early childhood education on the long term well being of society has become better understood and more well known in the last decade, giving rise to greater demand for trained early childhood educators. An online degree in early childhood education has the potential to open up numerous possibilities for future employment and promotion. An associate’s degree in early childhood education from a regionally accredited college or university is considered a minimal requirement for most entry-level positions in the field, with the need for a bachelor’s degree becoming more prevalent. Those seeking leadership and administrative positions are usually required to have at least a master’s degree.

Vanguardoffers an accredited online Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. This 124-unit program is designed for maximum flexibility and convenience, allowing students to choose any time of the day or night for classes. Vanguard’s online Early Childhood Education program uses an accelerated 8-week class schedule to help students complete their BA quickly.

Accreditation: Vanguard University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

For more information click here.

Welcome From The Dean, Andrew Stenhouse, Ed.D.

Andy (3)Welcome to Vanguard University’s School for Graduate and Professional Studies

My vision is for our School for Graduate and Professional Studies to clearly be Orange County’s top choice for a professional education with a Christian foundation – a place where you are empowered to discern your calling; discover your giftedness; and develop your competencies.

You will graduate from Vanguard confidently equipped for your profession. You will be extremely competent. Yet, you will graduate with so much more.  With so much conversation these days on only measuring competencies, many institutions are losing sight of what I believe are some of the most significant benefits of education – calling and giftedness. At Vanguard, you will develop more than your competencies. Your life will be transformed.

If you are like most adult students, you are looking for something more. Although you may be uncertain as to what specifically ‘more’ is, you know it’s time to make a change. It’s time to do more; time to be more. As with so many of our students, your time at Vanguard will be a time of discovering your dream – your true calling. And, along with discerning your calling, you will also discover your true giftedness, at a time and amid circumstance that warrant the discovery most.

In the School for Graduate and Professional Studies, you will be given a quality education in a caring community. The quality of your degree is evidenced by the academic reputation Vanguard University has with local employers. Your professors are leading experts in their fields and bring real-world experience into the classroom, often along with nationally renowned guest speakers. The material discussed in class is relevant and immediately applicable to your career. What you learn in class one night can be applied at work the very next morning.

The caring community of Vanguard University’s School for Graduate and Professional Studies is often what alums value most. Your professors are not only excellent teachers, they are compassionate mentors, living out their own calling, to passionately change lives through higher education. You will be encouraged and supported by a courteous, professional, and student-centered staff, that understands the unique demands of adult learners — many of whom have balanced work, college, and family themselves – who serve with empathy and support. Finally, you will be supported by your classmates. Relationships that begin the first weeks of class often flourish for years. This close-knit community not only provides a great support structure while in school, it provides an even greater professional network that lasts throughout your career.

If you are exploring how a degree from Vanguard University’s School for Graduate and Professional Studies can change your life, I invite you to call me directly. I am always eager to help people pursue their dreams.

Hope. All is well.


Andrew Stenhouse, Ed.D.
Dean, School for Graduate and Professional Studies
T 714.668.6110 | F 714.668.6194

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College Fosters Early Childhood Education,by Iman Siddiqi, The Orange County Register

mqxewb-b781150018z.120130802160207000gjv1f6vp5.2Those of us who went through preschool remember little more than nursery rhymes, chocolate pudding and the swing set. But as national standards increase, preschoolers today are acquiring basic skills in writing, mathematics and social interaction.

Statistics show that students enrolled in preschool enter kindergarten with stronger academic and social skills than their peers and students having been through preschool perform better in elementary school.

“I know my daughter will improve a lot by going to preschool, but I want her to go to a preschool where she will actually learn, and not just be babysat,” said Mai Tran of Irvine, who has a 3-year-old daughter who will attend preschool this fall.

As parents search for quality preschools, preschools in turn are looking to hire more qualified educators. Schools like Vanguard University in Costa Mesa are trying to help educators meet that need.

Funded by the California Department of Education, the Child Development Training Consortium has created the Child Development Permit Matrix, outlining the requirements for six levels of educators in state preschools: teacher’s assistant, associate teacher, teacher, master teacher, site supervisor and program director. Educators at each level are authorized to care for and assist in the instruction of children and can supervise educators at lower levels.

Teachers in California’s public preschools need to have either an associate’s degree in early childhood education (ECE), or at least 24 completed units of ECE courses, 16 units of general education courses and experience.

Private preschools have three permit options: teacher’s assistant, teacher and director. Assistant teachers require six ECE units, teachers require 12 units, and directors require 12 units and an additional administration course.

Although a degree is not required for educators to be licensed, as preschool standards are shifting to a greater academic focus, and parents’ demands on preschool continue to increase, more schools, including private and faith-based, are demanding degrees of their educators. As a result, many early educators need to return to school to obtain more units or a degree in ECE.

“I’m seeking a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education so I can continue to be a lead teacher at Head Start because in the next few years every lead teacher at Head Start will be required to have a bachelor’s degree,” said Mary Schreiner, 39, of Huntington Beach, a Vanguard University student.

Schreiner and almost 200 other students from all over California and beyond selected Vanguard to complete coursework to meet licensing and ongoing professional development requirements for educators.

Vanguard, in Costa Mesa, is a private Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies that offers 21 undergraduate majors and three graduate degrees.

One of the graduate degrees is the Child Development Program that offers online associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and other online ECE courses. The online bachelor’s degree program was recently ranked No. 16 in the United States by, which ranks college and degree programs in different categories and says it is an independent organization with no ties to any other educational institution.

“Most of our students are adult learners returning to school or seeking a new career path,” said Shari Farris, faculty chair of Early Childhood Education at Vanguard. “Most are parents and work full time. They have very busy lives. The accelerated fully online format works well for them.”

In comparison to in-class courses at other universities, each of Vanguard’s online courses is based on an accelerated eight-week format rather than a traditional 16-week semester format, allowing students to complete the ECE coursework requirements within two years.

“The faculty that teaches in the program consists of highly-educated practitioners with years of teaching and leadership experience,” said Farris. “Despite the online format, our faculty works to intentionally build relationships with students through discussions, meaningful and relevant coursework, faith integration and mentoring.”

The online bachelor’s degree costs approximately $19,500 or $375 per unit, with books costing about $100 per class.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for an early educator in 2012 was $25,000 a year. Early educators with a bachelor’s degree and a focus in a specific area, such as special education, earned $51,000 on average in 2012.

“I chose the field of ECE because in a career like this, money doesn’t matter,” said Kristina Olsen, 25, of Oakland and a candidate for a bachelor’s degree at Vanguard University. “The rewards are emotional rather than financial. The ultimate reward of working with children is in seeing how each child grows and becomes their own person.”

Expectant Heart…Pressing On by Ale Exquivel, Student Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s Degree

ECE_coverMy name is Alejandra Esquivel, and I am beginning my third semester at Vanguard. I am beyond blessed in furthering my education at Vanguard as I continue to get equipped in the field of Early Childhood Education. In the Fall of 2009 the Lord opened the door to return to school full time, and there a beautiful journey began. As I went through human development classes, a passion for Early Childhood Education began to flourish. I completed ECE units at a local community college, and now (three years later) I find myself in the Vanguard ECE online bachelor’s program.

As the year approached to transfer from a community college to university, I continuously sought the Lord for his direction. While doors kept closing in other schools, one spring summer afternoon I thought of Vanguard. At that point I knew that Vanguard had excellent adult programs in Nursing and Religion but nothing in the field the Lord gave me a passion for.

To my surprise, when I punched in Vanguard’s website address, I saw a huge banner announcement that read “ECE Bachelor’s online program coming in the Spring (2012) -pending WASC approval” I almost fell off my chair! As I scrolled through the course descriptions: “Spiritual Formation of the Young Child, Early Foundations for Moral Character Development, Ministering to Parents and Families, Effective Christian-Based Learning Environments, and Kingdom Education for Young Children” my heart was overjoyed as I felt like I was uncovering a precious and early Christmas present! In my previous ECE courses, as we discussed the areas of development of young children – I was always dissatisfied with my instructor’s answer when I asked “What about the child’s spiritual life? What about the child’s spiritual needs?” She would always reply, “Alejandra, we must stick with what the textbook says.”

You ask, why Vanguard? Because that’s clearly where God has led me. I have come to know the importance of having a clear biblical view when it comes to the family unit and the development of young children. It is my heart’s desire to understand and be in full knowledge of the field and in turn, equip parents and children as we seek to please our Creator and look forward to his coming kingdom.

I currently work as a secretary at an intermediate school. As I work on my degree, God has given me the opportunity to work with teenagers, and as I’ve completed ECE classes, I’ve already began to understand some of the needs of these children (particularly those with discipline and poor behavior problems.) The Lord has given me patience and love for them.

With an expectant heart, I wait on the Lord “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in [me] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (NIV) and then in Jeremiah 3:15 he says, “then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.” (NIV)

I now push forward to what lies ahead…HIS promises.