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Early Childhood Education

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Our Early Childhood Education program is designed for students who wish to pursue teaching or administrative opportunities in early childhood education. At Humphreys University, we educate motivated and determined students who desire a practical academic program. Our Early Childhood Education program is designed specifically for busy adults – that’s why we offer our courses online, evenings, and in hybrid formats.

Our Early Childhood Education professors are experts in their fields – administrators, teachers, and other specialists. Our professors understand what real-world experience to incorporate into classroom lectures, assignments, and case studies. Because we keep our classes small – five to twenty students – you get the guidance and support you need to succeed.

The pace of our quarter system makes it easier to juggle the demands of life with each quarter lasting only 11 weeks. All the courses are clearly organized so you know what you need to do each week.

You can start the Early Childhood Education program at the start of any of our four terms. Our quarters begin early July, October, January, and April. The application process is easy and counselors are available walk you through the financial aid process.

Students in our
Early Childhood Education
Program will

• Develop an understanding of young children’s characteristics, needs, and the multiple influences on their development

• Learn how to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children

• Study the importance and characteristics of children’s families and communities

• Understand how to create respectful relationships that support and empower families, and to involve all families in their child’s development and learning

• Gain an understanding of the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment

• Learn to use observation, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies to positively influence children’s development and learning

• Learn to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum experiences that promote positive development

• Develop the skills for administrating and supervising a successful Early Childhood Education program within ethical guidelines

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (181 Units)

Associate in Arts in Early Childhood Education (92 Units)

Minor in Early Childhood Education (28 Units)


To learn more about degree requirements and courses offered in the Early Childhood Education department, see pages 127-138 in our current Academic Catalog

Meet Our Faculty


Dr. Roberts is the Associate Dean. She has been with the University since 2011. Dr. Roberts earned her Ed.D. from California State University, Stanislaus, and she earned her Master of Arts in Reading Education also from CSU, Stanislaus. Dr. Roberts holds an Administrative Services Credential, Reading Specialist Credential, and CLEAR CLAD Multiple Subject Credential.


Dr. Beverly Clark attended San Joaquin Delta College for her lower-division degree, she gained a BA in Liberal Studies and MA in History/International Relations at California State University, Stanislaus. Finally, she earned her doctorate in Education and Administrative Credential at University of the Pacific. Dr. Clark is Associate Professor of our Early Childhood Education department. She joined Humphreys University as a full-time instructor in 2008.


Phyllis Miranda holds a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education and has over 30 years of experience working in the ECE field. She commented, “Every class that I have taught, I have lived.” Notably, she was one of the first BA graduates in ECE from Humphreys University. She has a great respect for students, particularly those coming back to school later in life. She has also been an active volunteer in the Stockton community and has participated in a number of events for youth, including those promoting literacy and a love of reading.


Pam Wood is currently Assistant Professor for the Early Childhood Education Department. She earned her Master of Arts from Andrew Jackson University in 2000.


Matthew Ward received his bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Brigham Young University. He earned his master’s degree from CSU Stanislaus in Education. He also holds a Special Education credential from CSU Monterey Bay. He has been a Special Education teacher with Delhi Unified School District for 17 years and an adjunct professor with Humphreys University for eight years.

Why Choose Humphreys University?

Accreditation is important; Humphreys University is accredited by Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College & University Commission.

As a non-profit institution, we emphasize community, academics, and affordability, all while giving you the resources you need to succeed.

Courses are conveniently offered on our Stockton and Modesto campuses— evenings and online.

Applications for enrollment are accepted all year. Apply soon to begin during one of our upcoming quarters.

Get the aid you need for the degree you want. We offer grants (including Cal Grants), loans, scholarships, and work-study funds for qualifying students.

Support services are provided to all students. Including computer facilities, tutoring and library services, and career counseling.

Your Future in
Early Childhood Education

Our programs are designed with your goals in mind. Our Early Childhood Education graduates now work in roles that range from site supervising to parent educating. Your options with an ECE degree are vast. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are an estimated 441,000 early childhood educators in the United States. Consider any of these careers in Early Childhood Education:

• Infant/Toddler Teacher

• Child & Family Advocate

• Center Director

• Site Supervisor

• Early Interventionist

• Family Case Worker

• Parent Educator