in Early Childhood


Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education


     Boost your qualifications in the early child development industry by earning an Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.  The Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education is a 60-credit-hour,  program that provides 24 credit hours of general education plus specialized education in a student’s focus area. It covers theories and practical knowledge for young children's development, including: physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development, cultural intelligence, connecting with families and communities, curriculum development and more.


          For students pursuing a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™, coursework can be applied toward the formal education requirement.

          At Theoria Technical College, enrollment in the Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program is not dependent upon submission of standardized test scores. A high school diploma or equivalent is the only prerequisite for admission.

          Students seeking an AS degree in Early Childhood Education from Theoria Technical College using transfer credits from another college can transfer in up to a maximum of 24 units. We will evaluate requests for transfer credit by the admitted student based on previous coursework completed at other regionally accredited institutions.  The previous course work must equivalent to the course in Theoria’s Early Childhood Education program and must have been completed within the past five years. Regarding the Transfer of Theoria Credits to Other Schools No school can guarantee that credits from courses are transferable. Transfer of credits is always at the discretion of the receiving school and depends on the comparability of curricula.

For AS Degree program information, tuition, and student requirements:

  • Students entering into the Early Childhood Education Associates Degree program are eligible to receive transfer credit for up to 24 GE and Electives courses from previous graduate institutions.

  • Students entering into the Early Childhood Education Associates Degree program MUST also complete all core ECE classes with Theoria to meet the residency requirements.'

  • Download our 'Interest Application' by clicking "Enroll Now."

  • Use your previously earned ECE units from Theoria to go towards your degree in early childhood education.


Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students

This institution is provisionally approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer this degree program, this institution must meet the following requirements:

  • Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one-degree program.

  • Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre- accreditation, as defined in regulations, by (date two years from date of provisional approval), and full accreditation by (date five years from date of provisional approval).

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:

  • Stop all enrollment in its degree programs.

  • Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.

An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.



Next Start Date:

May 9, 2021

Start as soon as you complete enrollment!

Theoria Technical College offers open enrollment. Students may enroll at any time.  Upon enrollment, students will receive orientation instruction as to school policies and procedures required to comply with the school, regulations, and outlining established tuition, fees, and charges.

With our online degree program, certificate program, or courses, students can start almost every weekend, all year long.

No need to wait for spring or fall semester. It's back-to-school time at Theoria year-round. Get started by talking to an Enrollment Counselor today, and you'll be on your way to realizing your dream of associates degree—sooner than you might think!

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Theoria Technical College

5857 Owens Avenue, Suite 300, Carlsbad, CA  92008

Office: (760) 487-8436 | Fax: (800) 608-5994

Email: info@theoriatechnical.com​


  • Child Growth and Development (ECE/CDA-100)

  • Child, Family, and Community (ECE/CDA-200)

  • Program Curriculum Theories, Methods, and Materials (ECE/CDA-300)

  • S.T.E.M. for Preschool (ECE/CDA-310)

  • ​Infant/Toddler Development and Care  (ECE/CDA-400)

  • Early Childhood Program Administration and Management (ECE/CDA-500)

  • Adult Supervision and Leadership (ECE/CDA-510)

  • Preventive Health, Safety, and Nutrition with Pediatric First-Aid and CPR (ECE/CDA-600)


Theoria Technical College is a private institution located in Carlsbad, California. Theoria Technical College is approved to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. (School Code: 93832543)

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