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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

A Sampling of Early Childhood Courses

Child Growth and Development

Guiding the Young Child's Behavior

The Exceptional Child and the Inclusive Classroom
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, PhD

Seon Chun-Burbank, PhD

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
Bill Hughes

Bill Hughes

Administrative Assistant
Christopher Kupitz

Christopher Kupitz

Assistant Director of Recruitment and Partnerships

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