The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (B.A. ECE) seeks to elevate the knowledge, skills, and performance of the early childhood educator in Jewish educational settings. Using a cohort-based model, the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education will bring current early childhood educators together to become a community of practice. This will include acquiring skills to manage classrooms and centers, successfully work with families, incorporate Torah, mitzvot (good deed), Israel, and traditions into daily lesson plans, and prepare for careers in Jewish early childhood settings.

This is an ONLINE program that meets Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 PM PT.


Candidates who wish to apply and be accepted to the B.A. ECE degree must fulfill 60 units outside of AJU. Approximately 34.0 semester units or 51.0 quarter units must meet requirements using the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). Please see ourTransfer Credit Policiesfor more information. All B.A. ECE students must complete a minimum of 60 upper division credits in residence at AJU, through our online B.A. ECE courses, to total a minimum of 120.0 semester units when combined with transfer units.

B.A. ECE PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who complete the program will develop the skills necessary to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, and of multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning, to create environments that are developmentally appropriate.
  • Demonstrate orally and in writing, knowledge, understanding, and value of the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities.
  • Understand and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in an ethical manner in partnership with families and other professionals to positively influence children’s development and learning.
  • Design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children.
  • Use positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
  • Use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

This B.A. program integrates a focused fieldwork course each semester.Teaching is a contact profession wherein almost 100% of the work requires skills in planning for, working with, teaching to, and assessing children in an academic environment. This programrequires that students complete fieldwork assignments as they are learning the theory and methods and will be evaluated on their ability to plan for, implement, and assess specific areas of the curriculum.

B.A. ECE PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Earn your Bachelor of Arts degree in 2 years
  • 60-semester units total completed in-residence and online with AJU
  • 6 semesters total, including two Fall, Spring, and Summer terms
  • Tuition information can be found at:/financial-aid/tuition-and-fees

To learn more, contact Early Childhood Coordinator Megan Blicha at blicha.megan [at] aju.edu.

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