Competency-based education, Doing it the Theorian way. Our students call it the best way to learn.

Theoria Tech believes in competency-based education. We remain one of few institutions offering competency-based degree plans at scale, creating a model for other technical colleges that are increasingly striving to replicate.

What do we mean? What is competency-based education? Simply put, it measures skills and learning rather than time. Students progress through courses as soon as they can prove mastery of the material, rather than advancing only when the semester or term ends. If a student can learn faster, spend more time on schoolwork, or lean on knowledge they already have from previous work or school experience, they can and should accelerate. Students on their schedule, students embark on a learning journey tailored exactly to where their knowledge currently is—and where it needs to be. In addition, faculty members are here to provide personalized, one-on-one learning support.

Competency-based education explained by our Professors.


It doesn't matter what challenges you face, CBE at WGU puts you in the driver's seat of your education.

  • Efficient: We don’t waste your time. You focus on learning the material that's new to you, brush up on familiar topics where you need a refresher, and breeze through subjects you know well.

  • Flexible: Study whenever and wherever works best for you. WGU learning resources are available anywhere wifi is.

  • Individualized: Every student is different. At WGU, we believe the learning experience should be built around you, not us.

  • Supportive: You're in the driver's seat, but you have a whole team of navigators along for the ride—faculty, staff, even fellow students.


It's surprisingly affordable.

Low, flat-rate tuition and the opportunity to speed up your program allow you to control the cost of your degree.

  • Low tuition: Our commitment to helping you graduate with less debt starts with low tuition—about half what you’d expect to pay at most other online schools.

  • Flat rate: Unlike at universities where you pay per credit, WGU’s flat-rate tuition links time and cost. This is where CBE can be a real money-saver: Speeding up your program means saving you money.


The results are absolutely worth it.

WGU is about real-world results—providing you an impressive return on your investment.

  • Competencies: The hallmark of CBE are the competencies, the clearly defined skills and knowledge that you will master. Our competency-based approach is widely recognized by employers because it’s an approach used by most corporations as the basis for promotions and advancement.

  • Proof: A degree from WGU tells employers that you are a proven expert—and an invaluable addition to their team. After all, you earned your degree by proving you've mastered the competencies they are looking for in an employee.



Next Start Date:

April 17, 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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Degrees & Programs


  • Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education 

Theoria Technical College

5857 Owens Avenue, Suite 300, Carlsbad, CA  92008

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



  • 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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