A.A.-T, Child and Adolescent Development

A.S.-T, Early Childhood Education

A.A., Early Childhood Education Teacher

C.A., Early Childhood Education Teacher

Early Childhood Education Program course work is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as meeting the requirements for the California Child Development Permit.

Students completing the ECE AA or AS-T degrees are immediately eligible for the Child Development Permit at the Teacher level. The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares students to work with children from infancy into middle childhood in a variety of learning environments.


An Associate Degree , depending on the focus of study, is designed to prepare students for transfer into upper division course work in a bachelor’s degree program, or, to prepare students to enter the workforce in a particular vocational field.  To qualify for an Associate’s Degree, a student must: 

(1) complete each major-specific course required for the degree with at least a “C” grade or better,

(2) complete all Cuesta College general education, graduation and residency requirements,

(3) achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0 for all courses attempted (major, general education, elective), and

(4) submit an Associate’s Degree Application to Admissions and Records.

A Certificate Program is designed for students who desire specific training to meet an immediate occupational or personal goal, or for promotion or lateral transfer within their existing field of employment. To qualify for a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Specialization, a student must:

1) complete all courses required for the Certificate with an overall grade point average of 2.0,

2) earn at least 12 units in residency at Cuesta and

3) submit a Certificate Application to Admissions and Records.



Adoption Counselor Elementary School Teacher
Before and After School Teacher/Director  Infant Day Care Teacher/Director
Child Care Teacher/Director Parent Education Instructor
Child Life Specialist Pediatric Psychologist
Community College Instructor Preschool Teacher/Administrator
Counselor – Career Resource and Referral Coordinator
Counselor – Community Social Worker
Counselor – Marriage/Family/Child  
Counselor – School  


Degree/Certificate Types:
A.A. - Associate in Arts C.A. - Certificate of Achievement
A.S. - Associate in Science C.S. - Certificate of Specialization
A.A.-T. - Associate in Arts for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Completion (Non Credit)
A.S.-T. - Associate in Science for Transfer