Prepare for or advance your career in areas of childcare or education

The Merced College Online Program in Early Childhood Education provides students with the opportunity to complete degree and CSU transfer requirements online, with one in-person lab coordinated to fit the students needs. The short term courses allow students to continue in the workforce while advancing their career and fulfilling their educational goals.

What You Can Expect

  • Flexible and small cohorts

    Students will complete their programs 100% online with the same group of students, working to attain the same degree and building a sense of community and support along the way.

  • Preplanned courses

    We have mapped out the full sequence of courses to be completed in under two years, so students will know exactly what they need to reach their educational goals. View the preplanned course schedule by program.

  • CSU Transfer Opportunity

    Students will develop advanced skills that will benefit them in the workforce, and will earn an Associate for Transfer (AS-T/AA-T), eligible to transfer into the CSU system with junior status to complete their baccalaureate degree.

Program Description

The Merced College Child Development Department offers students classes and training to meet California requirements for credentials and licenses, as well as Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer (AS-T in ECE) degree. Preparation includes California State University (CSU) transfer level courses with several that meet general education requirements and Certificates of Achievement. Throughout all courses, students are trained in culturally sensitive and family-focused perspectives that emphasize the value of individual differences in your children. The Child Development Department works closely with many community programs to meet the specific needs of the early care and education workforce.

  • 27k-208k

    Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $27,000 to over $208,000 with an average salary of $72,000.

  • +9.9%

    Career opportunities for this program are expected to grow nationwide from 2019 to 2029.

Degrees/Certificates

Merced College Online offers the following degree in Child Development:
Early Childhood Education (AS-T)

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Students will complete their programs 100% online with the same group of students, working to attain the same degree and building a sense of community and support along the way.

We have mapped out the full sequence of courses to be completed in under two years, so students will know exactly what they need to reach their educational goals. View the preplanned course schedule by program.

Students will develop advanced skills that will benefit them in the workforce, and will earn an Associate for Transfer (AS-T/AA-T), eligible to transfer into the CSU system with junior status to complete their baccalaureate degree. 

From start to finish, students will have a dedicated support team to ensure ease of navigation of enrollment, financial aid, and assistance with academics and technology.

Students will receive full access to a variety of campus resources and services offered online and in-person to increase their success.

Students will receive an Apple iPad and keyboard to use while enrolled (while supplies last).

Tuition may be free for first-time, full-time students. Generous financial aid packages are available to those who qualify.

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