Early Childhood Education/Child Care

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South Campus

Laurie O'Neill
Instructor
253.680.7322

Roger Curry
Career Advisor
253.680.7007 (Mon-Fri, 1:30-4 p.m.)

Location Downtown Campus
Hours Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (day)
Tue, Wed, Thu (evening)

Early Childhood Education/Child CareThe associate in applied science - transfer degree includes technical courses required for job preparation but also includes a college-level general education component so that students may prepare for employment or to transfer to a four-year university. Curriculum is based on core competencies outlined by the Washington State Child Care Coordinating Committee and the nationally-recognized Child Development Associate credential. First-year instruction provides students with skills to work as entry-level child care/early education teachers. Second-year students prepare to become lead teachers, program supervisors and directors.

Note: In support of working child care professionals who already have a first-year certificate of training, Bates offers 200-level Child Care/Early Education courses during a convenient evening timeframe. Prospective students should contact the program instructor for current and upcoming course offerings and schedules throughout the year.

Program Length: Six quarters (approximate)

Early Achievers Opportunity Grant
Bates offers the Early Achievers Opportunity Grant to qualified students. The grant provides funding for tuition and books. Click to learn more or contact 253.680.7320 to find out about eligibility requirements.

Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Degree: 101 Credits

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
100+ Level Human Relations 
100+ Level Communications 
100+ Level Mathematics 
100+ Level Humanities/Social Sciences 
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REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
ECE 103 STARS 
ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 
ECED& 107 Health, Nutrition and Safety 
EDUC& 115 Child Development 
ECED& 120 Practicum - Nurturing Relationships 
EDUC& 130 Child Guidance 
EDUC& 150 Child, Family and Community 
ECED& 160 Curriculum Development 
ECED& 170 Environments for Young Children 
ECED& 180 Language & Literacy Development 
ECED& 190 Observation and Assessment 
ECE 201 Issues in Child Care / Early Education 
ECE 202 Children with Special Needs 
ECE 204 Early Childhood Practicum II 
ECE 205 Instructional Strategies 
ECE 207 Professionalism   
ECE 209 Program Management 
ECE 210 Early Childhood Practicum III 
ECE 211 Emotional and Social Development 
ECE 212 Cognitive Development 
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Associate of Technology Degree: 96 Credits

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
100+ Level Human Relations 
100+ Level Communications 
100+ Level Mathematics 
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GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
ECE 103 STARS 
ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 
ECED& 107 Health, Nutrition and Safety 
EDUC& 115 Child Development 
ECED& 120 Practicum - Nurturing Relationships 
EDUC& 130 Child Guidance 
EDUC& 150 Child, Family and Community 
ECED& 160 Curriculum Development 
ECED& 170 Environments for Young Children 
ECED& 180 Language & Literacy Development 
ECED& 190 Observation and Assessment 
ECE 201 Issues in Child Care / Early Education 
ECE 202 Children with Special Needs 
ECE 204 Early Childhood Practicum II 
ECE 205 Instructional Strategies 
ECE 207 Professionalism  
ECE 209 Program Management 
ECE 210 Early Childhood Practicum III
ECE 211 Emotional and Social Development
ECE 212 Cognitive Development 
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State Credential/ECE Certificate: 47 Credits
Prerequisite:  ECE 103, STARS

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
100+ Level Communications 
100+ Level Mathematics 
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REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 
ECED& 107 Health, Nutrition, and Safety 
EDUC& 115 Child Development* 
ECED& 120 Practicum - Nurturing Relations 
EDUC& 130 Child Guidance* 
EDUC& 150 Child, Family, and Community 
ECED& 160 Curriculum Development 
ECED& 170 Environments for Young Children 
ECED& 180 Language and Literacy Development 
ECED& 190 Observation and Assessment 
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Short Certificate of Specialization: 20 Credits
Prerequisite: ECE 103 STARS

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 
ECED& 107 Health, Nutrition, and Safety 
EDUC& 115 Child Development* 
ECED& 120 Practicum 
EDUC& 130 Child Guidance 
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*This course meets the SBCTC requirement for  human relations/leadership.

Initial Certificate: 12 Credits
Prerequisite: ECE 103 STARS

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 
ECED& 107 Health, Nutrition, and Safety 
ECED& 120 Practicum - Nurturing Relationships 
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