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Early Childhood

The mission of the early childhood 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 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.

Early Childhood (B.A.)

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

Early Childhood Certificates

The Certificate in Early Childhood 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.

Program Outcome Data

Early Childhood BA Program Graduates Outcome Measure


West Coast Science
Western Association of Schools & Colleges
Awesome Biology
Assemblies of God
Awesome Biology
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
I am most grateful for the love of Jesus Christ that is present throughout the Vanguard experience. I had heard of other colleges that have a Christian framework but it is not infused in the teaching. Yet, with Vanguard it was like learning in a "home" of grace, compassion, understanding and kindness. Having this philosophy and have it modeled has been an example I will follow in my own journey as an ECE advocate and teacher. I know that it is not that I am a Christian who owns a preschool and teaches, but a disciple of Jesus Christ who ministers truth, love, grace, hope and joy into the lives of children, families and other professionals.
Jill Lodato
Fall, 2017

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Seon Chun-Burbank Ed.D

Seon Chun-Burbank Ed.D

Assistant Professor, Chair of Early Childhood Education, Professional Studies

Julie Spielman

Adjunct Early Childhood Education

A Sampling of Early Childhood 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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