About PATH

What is PATH?

Early childhood educators have long faced persistent and pervasive barriers to degree attainment and professional development.  Among the most challenging of these barriers are those constraints rooted in the higher education system.  Promoting Achievement Through Higher Education (PATH) was designed specifically to break down these barriers within and across institutions of higher education and to build a model infrastructure for degree attainment and professional development efforts in the field of early childhood education.  
PATH supports the San Francisco early childhood educator workforce through sequenced programs that provide participants with community-based tutoring, individualized case management, college success skills-building, strategies to strengthen self-efficacy, seamless transitions across participating educational institutions, and overall guidance to support early childhood professionals in reaching their academic goals.  

Participants in the program must be working a minimum of 20 hours a week in an early childhood setting.  PATH offers a rigorous, structured upper division curriculum through in-person and on-line courses that meet during evenings and weekends to support working professionals.  California ECE competencies are embedded into coursework, and all students complete the self-reflection and assessment tools that accompany the competencies framework.  Students meet regularly with an academic counselor to ensure timely graduation.  
PATH serves approximately 80 students per year, about half of whom began as freshmen at SFSU and half transferred from community college.  PATH has a 4-year graduation rate of 95%, compared to 53% among all first-time, full-time freshmen and 36% of community college transfers at SFSU.



•    Courses held on the evening and weekends to support individuals working in ECE settings.
•    Four courses offered per semester in a structured pathway to help you graduate in a timely manner.
•    Tutoring, case management and mentoring supports available.


•    Employed at least 20 hours per week in an early childhood education center-based or family child care program (priority given to individuals employed in San Francisco).
•    Completed CAD 210, CAD 260 and CAD 215 before the start of the PATH program.  (Students are encouraged to have also completed all of their lower division general education coursework before entering the PATH program).
•    Accepted into San Francisco State University.


To hear what our students and community members have to say about the PATH program, please watch our 6 minute informational video.