Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Applied Science


Teachers Shape the Next Generation

The world needs more teachers, perhaps more than any other profession. Unlike most career paths, teaching is a calling, one that takes a unique personality willing to listen to, learn from, and shape the students the teacher will have in their classroom. San Jacinto College created the Bachelor of Applied Science in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education (BAS-EDU) to help fill the workforce gap that currently exists in early childhood education by providing a new bachelor’s degree for students who are currently working in the education field. Those who have already earned an associate of applied science (AAS) in early childhood/child development and are working in the industry can enroll in the BAS-ECE program. Students can use a valid industry-based child development associate credential, and one of the previously earned San Jacinto College early childhood certificates or previous education, toward their final requirements for graduation with the bachelor’s degree. This degree will prepare students to work with young children from six weeks through third grade. Graduates will also be eligible to work in an early childhood organization, such as Head Start, or apply for teacher certification to teach preschool through third grade in public schools.

Career Information

According to a February 2023 report by the Learning Policy Institute, Texas has the largest teacher workforce of any US state with more than 370,000 teachers in 2021-2022.

The US Department of Labor database site projects that by 2030, the need for highly qualified early childhood and elementary teachers in Texas will increase by 13%. Nearly 3.2 million full-time teachers were employed throughout the United States last fall, but many local school districts were hit hard by vacancies with more than 25,000 job postings in the Houston-Galveston metro area alone.

Elementary, middle, and high school (secondary) school teachers: $63,5811


Source: www.texaswages.com, median salary Gulf Coast region, 2022


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Plan of Study (Degree Plan)


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First TermCredits
CDEC 1323 Observation and Assessment 1 3
CDEC 1317
Child Development Associate Training I
or Creative Arts for Early Childhood
CDEC 2322
Child Development Associate Training II
or Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs
CDEC 2324
Child Development Associate Training III
or Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood
CDEC 2326 Administration of Programs for Children I 3
Second Term
TECA 1311 Educating Young Children 3
TECA 1303 Families, School and Community 3
CDEC 1319 Child Guidance 3
CDEC 2307 Math and Science for Early Childhood 3
Summer Year One Term
TECA 1354 Child Growth and Development 3
TECA 1318 Wellness of the Young Child 3
Second Year
First Term
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
HIST 1301 United States History I 3
Language, Philosophy and Culture (Humanities) 3
SPCH 1315
Public Speaking 2
or Interpersonal Communication
CDEC 2366 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Child Care Provider/Assistant 3
Second Term
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics) 3
HIST 1302 United States History II 3
Third Year
First Term
ENGL 1302
Composition II
or Technical and Business Writing
EDUC 1301 Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
Life and Physical Science (Natural Science) 4
Component Area Option 1
MATH 1350 Mathematics for Teachers I (Fundamentals of Mathematics I) 3
Second Term
EDEC 3303 Child and Adolescent Guidance 3
EDUC 2301 Introduction to Special Populations 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics) 3
MATH 1351 Mathematics for Teachers II (Fundamentals of Mathematics II) 3
Life and Physical Science (Natural Science) 4
Fourth Year
First Term
EDTP 3301 Foundations of Inclusion and Differentiation for Special Populations 3
EDEC 3307 Development During Early Childhood 3
EDEL 4303 Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics 3
EDEL 4301 Methods of Teaching Social Studies 3
EDLL 3301 Language Literacy Acquisition 3
Second Term
EDTP 3303 Behavior Management in Special Populations 3
EDLL 3305 Foundations in Reading Instruction: The Science of Teaching Reading 3
EDEL 4302 Methods of Teaching Elementary Science 3
EDTP 3305 Designing Assessments for General and Special Populations 3
EDTP 4310 Literacy in the Content Areas with Special Populations 3
 Total Credits120

Students may substitute CDEC 1470 Educational Aide Associate for CDEC 1323 Observation and Assessment.


The department recommends students take SPCH 1315 Public Speaking or SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication; however, students may substitute another course from the Component Area Option for this requirement.