Professor Ellen Marshall, PhD., Chairperson
ECSB 205, 210-486-0526
The mission of the Department of Early Childhood Studies is to provide quality educational experiences and model best practices for all learners. The programs in the Department of Early Childhood Studies are designed to provide students opportunities to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a variety of settings that involve young children and their families. The AAS degree in Early Childhood Education at San Antonio College is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children; it was the first community college Early Childhood degree in Texas to receive this recognition.
Students may qualify for advanced standing credit for high school coursework or for having a valid, up-to-date child development associate (CDA) credential. Some degrees or certificates require working or placement in the Early Childhood Center or a center that meets criteria such as National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards or the Head Start Program performance standards.
Located at 210 W. Ashby, the San Antonio College Early Childhood Center is an educational lab facility for the Department of Early Childhood Studies program. Students, under the close supervision of faculty, early childhood teachers, and child development specialists, work with children as they train to be early childhood educators. In addition to providing this training, the center is designed to provide a model quality early learning facility for the community.
The Early Childhood Center is accredited by the National Association for The Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC-accredited programs have demonstrated a commitment to providing high quality environments for young children and their families. Adults involved in the child’s life are viewed as partners in the educational process and are encouraged to actively participate in decisions affecting the care and education of the child. The program values diversity and offers an inclusive setting for children.
The center is open to children, ages 6 weeks to 4 years, of qualified San Antonio College students, employees, and the community. The program focuses on the unique ways in which young children learn. It strives to meet the needs of the “whole child” including the areas of social, emotional, physical, cognitive, creative, and language development. The curriculum emphasizes developmentally appropriate learning experiences through play.
Programs and Courses - Early Childhood Studies
Early Childhood Studies
Associate of Applied Science
Level I Certificate