Minor in Early Childhood

Download the Early Childhood Minor Information Packet (For students who declared the major prior to Fall 2020)
Download the Early Childhood Minor Information Packet (For students declaring the major in Fall 2020 or later)

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The minor in Early Childhood Studies is offered by the School of Education. The minor gives students from any major at Sonoma State University a concentration in the study of early childhood development and learning. This minor is useful for students interested in pursuing careers involving work with young children from birth through age eight in fields such as Education, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, and others. For a minor in Early Childhood Studies, students must take five required courses (19 units) plus an additional six units of elective courses, for a total of 25 units.

Courses required for the minor can be used to apply for a California Child Development Permit, and when the appropriate electives are chosen, the minor can also cover prerequisites for the Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential program. If your ultimate goal is to obtain a Child Development Permit or enroll in the Multiple Subjects Credential program, please be sure to consult with an Early Childhood Studies advisor and the Multiple Subjects Credential Advisor to ensure that you take the appropriate courses.


Students wishing to add the Early Childhood Major or Minor are required to have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5.

Declaring the Early Childhood Studies Minor

If you wish to apply for the Early Childhood Studies minor, please take the following steps:

  1. Ensure your GPA is 2.5 or higher.
  2. Pick up a "Change of Major" form from Admissions and Records (2nd floor of Salazar Hall) and an Early Childhood Studies minor application in the School of Education (Stevenson Hall 1078) or online.
  3. Schedule an appointment with the Early Childhood Studies Minor Advisor.
  4. Bring the above documents with you to your advising meeting.


For additional information about the program see the Early Childhood Major Program.