CI’s Goleta Campus to Offer Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies
CSU Channel Islands (CI) has announced that its Early Childhood Studies (ECS) Bachelor of Arts degree program is now taking applications for a fall 2014 cohort allowing individuals to complete the final two years of their degree at the CI Goleta campus. The program will serve both Early Childhood Education graduates from Santa Barbara City College, and the workforce of early childhood professionals in Santa Barbara County who have an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood or Child Development. Currently, there is no public university offering a BA in this field of study in Santa Barbara County.
“Having this degree program available in the area is important because new research supports the influence of quality programming on children’s learning success, and funded programs such as Head Start and state funded preschool programs require their teachers to obtain a BA degree,” stated Dr. Gary W. Kinsey, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the School of Education. “CI’s Early Childhood Studies program is one of only two in the CSU system that provides a BA in Early Childhood Studies that prepares teachers to serve diverse families and children from birth to age eight. This is significant, since California’s Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CTC) is discussing the addition of a stand-alone credential for Early Childhood. Since CI’s program already prepares educators to serve children from birth to age 8, graduates from the program will be extremely well positioned for attaining the new credential through CI, and prepared better to meet the diverse needs of families in Santa Barbara County.”
The ECS program at CI offers core curricula in early childhood studies while highlighting the contextual influences of family, culture, language, and society.
The cost of tuition and fees for the two-year program per student, at $3,253 per term, will be about $13,012. The program is prepared to enroll an annual cohort of 30 – 35 students and expects that a significant majority will qualify for financial assistance.
Those seeking more information about the ECS program, a meeting will be on Saturday, May 10 at 9 a.m. at the CI Goleta Campus located at 5383 Hollister Avenue, Suite 220, Goleta, Calif. CI Admissions, Financial Aid and ECS Program representatives will be present to answer questions and assist individuals in applying to the program.
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