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.
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.
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.
The Certificate in Early Childhood Education includes courses such as child growth and development, child, family and community, and early education practicum.
For non-degree seeking students. Individual courses are available to students in need of continuing education units or specific coursework.
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.
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.
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.