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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Theoria Technical College

5857 Owens Avenue, Suite 300

Carlsbad, CA  92008

Office: (760) 487-8436


Fax: (800) 608-5994

Office Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday 9 AM - 3 PM

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Here is a list of the courses we offer classes at Theoria

Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education

Students may graduate from Theoria Technical College with an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education degree upon meeting the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 units of lower-division semester units with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 for all grades earned in lower division courses at all colleges and universities attended.  Also, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and at least 18 units must have been earned at Theoria Technical College.

    1. Minimum 18 units obtained with Theoria Technical College

    2. 42 units successfully transferred from another institution

  2. Major Requirements: All courses used to fulfill major area requirements or area of emphasis must be completed with a minimum grade of C or a P (pass)

  3. Completion of general education requirements by the following:

    1. Humanities

    2.  Social Sciences

    3.  Science

    4. Mathematics (96 or above)

    5. English (101 or above)

    6. Electives (as needed to total 60 applicable units)

ECE-100 Child Growth and Development (3 ECE Units)

90 Clock Hours

Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours


In this course, students explore the theories, research, and applications that are relevant to early childhood development from historical and contemporary points of view. Practical application of theories are made to help participants implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum that supports physical, cognitive, social, and development; encompassing the prenatal period, infancy, toddlerhood, the preschool years, middle childhood and adolescence.

ECE-200 Child, Family, and Community (3 ECE Units)

90 Clock Hours

Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours


In this course, students explore how the child develops in a variety of contexts, including the family, community, and early childhood institutions. It gives the students the tools they need to become professionals who can work with both the children and parents in ways to support children in a healthy, secure, way to socialize with members of their families and eventually society. Guidance strategies are presented, as well as child-rearing strategies that parents, parent educators, and other professionals can put to immediate use.

ECE-300 Curriculum Theories, Methods, and Materials (3 ECE Units)

90 Clock Hours

Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours


In this course, students explore developing an integrated approach to curriculum and instruction in the early years. Students will address all aspects of classroom life, including the roles of children and adults; the physical and social environments; and learning and assessing within multiple domains for children. Students will learn about practical, research-based guidelines for translating theory into best practice that accommodates age-appropriateness, individual differences, and social and cultural diversity. Students learn how to conceptualize, plan, implement, and evaluate curriculum through detailed application opportunities. ECERS – Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale is a supplemental component of this course.

ECE-310 S.T.E.M. for Preschool (3 ECE Units)

90 Clock Hours

Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours

Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in Early Childhood Classrooms, Through Big Ideas offers a way to think about the future classroom and to meet the needs of children who come to, into it, with diverse experience, knowledge, and abilities. We change how we think about math and science for young children. Let’s look at the world the way the child does. Children think in terms of big ideas. In this course we focus on big ideas–like patterns, transformation, movement, balance, and relationships–to think about content, and they integrate science and mathematics through these big ideas, rather than linking them topically. In this course we look at why it is important to think about thinking, introduce assessment early to help the teacher plan for assessment before teaching even begins, and sets up an environment that will support the construction of the big ideas that integrate math and science. Real-life scenarios provide invaluable insights into the teacher’s thinking and planning. It’s a unique exploration of thinking and learning.

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ECE-400 Infant/Toddler Development and Care (3 ECE Units)

90 Clock Hours

Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours


This course applies current theory and research to the care and education of infants and toddlers in group settings. Students will examine essential policies, principles, and practices that lead to quality care and developmentally appropriate curriculum for children birth to 36 months. Students who complete this course will be able to apply the ongoing cycle of curriculum planning to develop learning opportunities for infants and/or toddlers that reflect their understanding of developmental stages and issues. The externship allows participants to work directly in the infant care center and gain experience. The hands-on experience of the externship gives participants the opportunity to practice by direct application of classroom learning through the development and refining of personal professional techniques for a  safe and appropriate application of acquired knowledge of early childhood education and care for infants and toddlers. ITERS – Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale is a supplemental component of this course.

ECE-500 Early Childhood Program Administration and Management (3 ECE Units)

90 Clock Hours

Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours


This course addresses the latest trends affecting the child care workforce and provides specific guidance for recruiting, hiring and retaining quality personnel, including job descriptions and hiring practices. The role of the Program Administrator as a mentor, coach, and instructional leader is covered, along with important business issues within the Administrator’s responsibilities, such as financial planning, and budget development and management, how to use social media effectively, program evaluation, facility planning and management for  private child and infant care centers, faith-based center programs, family child care homes, and a variety of other programs including state and federal operations. Students will review governmental regulations, licensing, certifications, and accreditation. PAS – Program Administration Scale is a supplemental component of this course.

ECE-600 Preventive Health, Safety, and Nutrition with Pediatric First Aid and CPR (3 ECE Units)

90 Clock Hours

Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours


In this course students will demonstrate a fundamental knowledge in basic skills of child health, safety and nutrition; demonstrate a basic knowledge of Title 22 requirements concerning health, safety and nutrition; plan and prepare a menu of healthy snacks and meals according to Title 22 requirements and the Food Guide Pyramid; demonstrate the capacity to develop an Emergency/ Disaster plan and Receive a Pediatric First Aid and CPR card. This class requires onsite Pediatric CPR, First-Aid, and Preventive Health class in North San Diego.  Students may skip this part of the class if they can provide evidence of a current Pediatric CPR, First-Aid, and Preventive Health certificates to earn full credit for the class.

ECE-510 Adult Supervison and Leadership (3 ECE Units)

90 Clock Hours

Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours

This course covers the nature of leadership, how to be a leader in the various settings in early care and education, how to work in early childhood teams (staff, faculty, and other professionals) and with families, and how advocacy is a form of leadership. This course includes cases and reflection questions. Emphasizes that regardless of position, ALL early childhood professionals can be leaders in their field and help provide guidance for positively supporting early childhood professional through effective and reflective adult supervision.

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