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Early Childhood Education Pathways

     In the field of Early Childhood Development, the need for quality early educators, who have a passion for children and solid foundation in the practices and theories of Early Childhood Development is critical to the overall development of children and vital to the increasing need for industry advancement. To this end, Theoria Technical College works diligently to bridge the gap between the typical academic classroom experience and the day-to-day demands of the early childhood classroom and program by:

  • Preparing courses of study where the learning is reflective of what is expected in the Early Childhood Development Classroom. The method of this learning is the exchange of lessons which have been prepared by the faculty with consultation from the child development community and consultants.

  • These courses are taught by professionals who not only have excelled academically in the field of early childhood education but who have also hands-on experience working in the field of early childhood development.


     Our faculty is comprised of practicing business professionals who, in combination with solid educational credentials and a strong desire to teach, provide a unique education that is immediately useful on the job.


     Theoria Technical College offers pathways that keep up with the requirements of the business world. Our programs enable students to earn the credits they need to advance their career in the shortest timeframe possible, consistent with quality education, without having to give up their present jobs.


     Although the specific goals of every student are different, your decision to further your education will be the "defining moment" for you as you begin the rest of your life.

An online school built for students like you!

Theoria Technical College offers our students four (4) pathways to reach their educational goals.
Our pathways include:
  1. Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  2. Early Childhood Education Certificate Programs
  3. Early Childhood and  General Education Courses
  4. Professional development workshops & webinars.
Whatever you educational goals in the Early Education industry, you bet that Theoria has incorporated this into our educational pathways.

What does is take?

  1. Attend & participate in a 15-hour lecture.

  2. Complete Course Assignments.

  3. Complete Practicum - both the time sheet and evaluation (45 hours of work experience.)


Associates of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education

Certificate Programs

Community Care Licensing Compliant & CDA National Credential Approved


ECE courses

GE courses

Elective Courses

Professional Development

Webinars & Workshops



Have questions about our pathways

Associate Degree Pathway

The Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education is a two-year  program. It includes ECE units required by CCLD for job placement & CDA courses. To learn more about this pathway, click here.

Certificate Program Pathway

Probably our most popular pathways as students can take only the program needed to earn ECE units to comply with CCLD requirements. In addition to earning ECE units, every certificate program at Theoria issues CDA approved courses for National credentialing. To learn more about this pathway, click here.

ECE and GE Course Pathway

The courses support the Associates Degree Program and issue college credits. To learn more about this pathway, click here.

Professional Development Workshops & Webinars Pathway

This pathway is perfect for early educators interested in industry specific, education.  These do not issue college credit but do go towards professional development hours. To learn more about this pathway, click here.



Next Start Date:

March 6, 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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