Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood Education


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Program Description

The Psychology major explores multiple perspectives of human thought processes and behavior, biological, behavioral, cognitive, socio-cultural and developmental. Upon completion of the concentration in Early Childhood, students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of early childhood development in creating, implementing and assessing age-appropriate learning experiences
  • Integrate developmental theories in teaching and classroom management approaches that address the needs of diverse learners in preschool and child development settings.

General Education Requirements – 55 credits

Code / Course Title / Credits

  • PSS100 Academic Strategies 3
  • COM146 Communication 3
  • CIS101 Computer Literacy 3
  • ENG101A Reading and Composition 3
  • HIS101 American History 3
  • MTH115 College Algebra 3
  • PSY221 Psychology 3
  • ENG101B Critical Thinking, Reading & Writing 3
  • BIO151 Introduction to Biology 3
  • ART220 Introduction to Film 3
  • ENG204 Interdisciplinary Reading, Writing, and Research 3
  • SOC230 Sociology 3
  • POL241 American Government 3
  • PSC152 Physical Science 3
  • PHL263 Social Ethics 3
  • PHL271 Philosophy 3
  • PHY154 Physics I with Lab 4
  • SSC304 World Religions 3

Psychology Core Requirements – 42 credits

Code / Course Title / Credits

  • PSY421 Social Psychology 3
  • PSY312 Lifespan Development 3
  • PSY322 Personality Theories 3
  • PSY302 Learning Theory 3
  • PSY375 Biological Basis of Behavior 3
  • PSY411 Abnormal Psychology 3
  • PSY321 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
  • PSY301 Psychological Testing and Assessment 3
  • PSY389 Cross-Cultural Psychology 3
  • PSY476 Counseling 3
  • PSY311 Experimental Psychology 3
  • PSY403 Human Sexuality 3
  • PSY422 Psychology of the Family 3
  • PSY355 Child Growth and Development 3

Concentration Requirements – 24 credits

Code / Course Title / Credits

  • EDU325 Infant and Toddler Growth and Development 3
  • EDU335 Introduction to Children with Special Needs 3
  • EDU345 Observation and Assessment 3
  • EDU355 Curriculum and Intervention Strategies for Young Children 3
  • EDU365 Teaching Young Children in a Diverse Society 3
  • EDU425 Administration I: Program Management 3
  • EDU435 Administration II: Leadership and Supervision 3
  • EDU445 Advancing the Profession 3

Admissions Requirements

Patten University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administering its admission policies and its educational policies and programs.


In order to matriculate as a fully admitted degree-seeking undergraduate, an individual must: Verify or submit within 30 days of enrollment a high school transcript or equivalent (such as a GED) that is accepted by the University as valid. Complete twelve (12) college-level credits, either by completing courses at Patten University or by submitting transfer credits that are accepted by the University, or a combination of the two. Patten University will verify high school graduation or equivalent and transcript authenticity. A student who cannot produce a high school transcript or equivalent cannot matriculate as a degree-seeking student at Patten University. ACT or SAT scores are not required for admission. Written permission from a legal guardian is required for admission of persons who are under the age of 18.


In order to matriculate as a fully admitted degree-seeking graduate student, an individual must possess a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Degree conferral will be verified by Patten University. All verification and required transcript submission for matriculation must be completed within 30 days of enrollment. GRE or GMAT scores are not required. Students entering the MBA program are expected to have completed undergraduate-level microeconomics and college algebra with a C- or higher before starting their degree program. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the proper paperwork is submitted to verify that he or she has completed the prerequisites before their term starts. If the prerequisites are not complete at term start, the student will be placed into them automatically and will be required to complete them before starting a degree program.

Teaching Credentials (on-campus only)

Students seeking admission to either the single- or multiple-subject teaching credential program must submit:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Three (3) character references
  • Documentation of recent TB test
  • Personal statement

CBEST scores. (Those who score five or more points below passing on the CBEST must take an appropriate remedial mathematics and/or English course as needed.) Academic requirements for teaching credential programs may be met by submitting documents and transcripts showing one of the following: Multiple Subject Credential candidates: completion of an acceptable baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution – minimum GPA of 2.5; passing score on the California required subject matter examinations. Single Subject Credential candidates: completion of an acceptable baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution – minimum GPA of 2.5; passing score on the California required subject matter examination(s), or completion of a CTC designated major waiver program from a California institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Note: The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) establishes five options that can be utilized to meet the state requirements for acceptance by all Teaching Credential Programs (ref: CTC, CIA 07-02). These options are detailed in the Patten University Division of Education Admissions Handbook, available from the Patten University Division of Education Office.

International Students

Patten University does not provide visa services to online students or vouch for student immigration status. Instruction at Patten University is provided in English, and the University does not provide English as second language services. Applicants for whom English is a second language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) and have their official TOEFL® score report sent to the Office of Registrar under separate cover. Applicants must receive a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 65 on the Internet-based test (iBT), and the University must receive the score within 30 days of enrollment. Alternatively, an applicant may enroll in the University’s ENG101A Composition I course online as a non-degree student. The University will accept a grade of C or better as proof of English proficiency. Applicants with non-U.S. educational credentials must first obtain a foreign credential evaluation from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (, such as Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), or another independent U.S. evaluation service approved by the University, before submitting their transcripts. If a student chooses to submit her/his credentials to ECE, request forms and cost information are available at the ECE website ( or by contacting ECE at P.O. Box 514070, Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470, USA, telephone (414) 289-3400, fax (414) 289-3411. International applicants must obtain subject evaluations; the general evaluation is not sufficient. International students who do not have U.S. government photo identification will need to produce two forms of alternative photo identification during proctored examinations in order to verify identity. To be accepted, transcripts must be official. Students must have them sent directly from the institution to Patten University under seal, where they must be confirmed by the Office of the Registrar as valid.

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Last updated Mar 2020

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