Early Childhood Education
For an appointment, please call 253.680.7002.
Location Downtown Campus
Hours Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (day)*
*This program may be taken online.
Students prepare for careers in Early Childhood Education (ECE) for such positions as Early Learning Program teacher, assistant teacher, program supervisor, and/or center director. The ECE curriculum prepares students to work with children birth to 8 years of age in diverse early childhood environments.
The competencies are aligned with Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals and national standards (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and identify seven (7) content areas organized into five (5) levels of proficiency.
Early Childhood students will combine learned theories and practical laboratory experiences with young children in early childhood education programs under supervision with qualified educators.
Recommended: Complete all 100 level ECE courses before entering 200 level ECE courses.
- Pass the Department of Early Learning Portable Background Check prior to the 1st day of class
- Negative Mantoux TB test in the 12 months prior to 1st day of class
- Complete entrance testing at an 80-level minimum
Program Length: Six quarters (approximate)
Associate in Applied Science - Transfer Degree: 96 Credits
ECE core coursework and 100+ English, 100+ Math w/Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning, 100+ Human Relations, 100+ Humanities (Students must have a 2.0 GPA to receive an AAS Transfer degree. Grades below a 2.0 in any course may affect its transferability to another college.)
Associate in Applied Science Degree: 91 Credits
ECE core coursework and 100+ English, 100+ Math, 100+ Human Relations (Students must have a 2.0 GPA to receive an AAS degree. Grades below a 2.0 in any course may affect its transferability to another college.)
|State Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate||CREDITS|
|ECED&||105||Intro to Early Childhood Education||5|
|ECED&||107||Health, Nutrition and Safety||5|
|ECED&||120||Practicum - Nurturing Relationships*||2|
|State Short Certificate of Specialization Early Childhood Education
(Must complete Initial Certificate Plus the following 8 credits)
|EDUC&||115||Child Development - and||5|
|Choose ONE of the following 3 credit options (For 2nd year students, Guiding Behavior and ONE of the following):|
|EDUC& EDUC& ECED& ECED& ECED&||130 136 132 134 139||Guiding Behavior
Family Child Care
Administration of EL
State Early Childhood Education Certificate
(Must complete Initial & Short Certificate, 5 cr. 100+ level English, 5cr 100+ level Math, plus the following 17 credits)
|EDUC&||150||Child, Family and Community||3|
|ECED&||170||Environments for Young Children||3|
|ECED&||180||Language & Literacy Development||3|
|ECED&||190||Observation and Assessment||3|
Early Childhood Education Required AAS-Degree Coursework:
**A 2.0 is required in each key assessment course to meet the 5 levels of proficiency.
|ECED&||139||Administration of EL (This is a required course for 2nd year)||3|
|ECE||211||Social and Emotional Development||5|
|ECE||213||Creative Experience-Art & Movement||5|
Early Childhood Education Practicums Required AAS-Degree Coursework:
(All Practicum coursework must be completed with a 2.0 grade or better, including *ECED& 120)
|ECE||204||**Early Childhood Practicum II: Birth to 3 years||3|
|ECE||210||**Early Childhood Practicum III: 3 years to 8 years||3|
|ECE||214||**Early Childhood Practicum IV: Birth to 8 years||2|