Early Childhood Education

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South Campus

Teresa Borchardt
Instructor
253.680.7322

Dan Eberle
Career Advisor
253.680.7010 
For an appointment, please call 253.680.7002.

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

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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 eight (8) content areas organized into five (5) levels of proficiency.

Early Childhood students will combine learned theories and practical laboratory experiences with young children in the college's early childhood learning center, under supervision with qualified educators.


   Prerequisites:

  1. Passed the Department of Early Learning Portable Background Check
  2. Negative Mantoux TB test in the 12 months prior to 1st day of class
  3. Must meet pre-determined COMPASS levels in reading and writing

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: 98 Credits

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
100+ Level Human Relations 
100+ Level Communications 
100+ Level Mathematics 
100+ Level Humanities/Social Sciences 
5
5
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5

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health, Nutrition and Safety 5
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
ECED& 120 Practicum - Nurturing Relationships 2
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
EDUC& 150 Child, Family and Community 3
ECED& 160 Curriculum Development 5
ECED& 170 Environments for Young Children 3
ECED& 180 Language & Literacy Development 3
ECED& 190 Observation and Assessment 3
ECE 201 Issues in Child Care / Early Education 5
EDUC& 204 Exceptional Children 5
ECE 204 Early Childhood Practicum II 3
ECE 205 Instructional Strategies 5
ECE 207 Professionalism  5
ECE 209 Program Management 5
ECE 210 Early Childhood Practicum III 3
ECE 211 Emotional and Social Development 5
ECE 212 Cognitive Development 5

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 93 Credits

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
100+ Level Human Relations 
100+ Level Communications 
100+ Level Mathematics 
5
5
5

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health, Nutrition and Safety 5
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
ECED& 120 Practicum - Nurturing Relationships 2
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
EDUC& 150 Child, Family and Community 3
ECED& 160 Curriculum Development 5
ECED& 170 Environments for Young Children 3
ECED& 180 Language & Literacy Development 3
ECED& 190 Observation and Assessment 3
ECE 201 Issues in Child Care / Early Education 5
EDUC& 204 Exceptional Children 5
ECE 204 Early Childhood Practicum II 3
ECE 205 Instructional Strategies 5
ECE 207 Professionalism  5
ECE 209 Program Management 5
ECE 210 Early Childhood Practicum III 3
ECE  211 Emotional and Social Development 5
ECE 212 Cognitive Development 5

State ECE Certificate: 47 Credits

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
100+ Level Communications 
100+ Level Mathematics 
5
5
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 
5
5
5
2
3
3
5
3
3
3

State Short ECE Certificate-General: 20 Credits

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 
5
5
5
2
3

State Initial ECE Certificate: 12 Credits

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 
ECED& 107 Health, Nutrition, and Safety 
ECED& 120 Practicum - Nurturing Relationships 
5
5
2

State Short ECE Certificate of Specialization-Infants and Toddlers: 20 Credits

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education          5
ECED& 107 Health, Safety, Nutrition 5
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 120 Practicum:  Focus on Relationships and Communication 2
ECED& 132 Infants/Toddlers Care 3

State Short ECE Certificate of Specialization-School Age Care: 20 Credits

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education               5
ECED& 107 Health, Safety, Nutrition 5
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 120 Practicum:  Focus on Relationships and Communication 2
EDUC& 136 School Age Care 3

State Short ECE Certificate of Specialization-Family Child Care: 20 Credits

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education  5
ECED& 107 Health, Safety, Nutrition 5
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 120 Practicum:  Focus on Relationships and Communication 2
ECED& 134 Family Child Care 3

State Short ECE Certificate of Specialization-Administration: 20 Credits

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health, Safety, Nutrition 5
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 120 Practicum:  Focus on Relationships and Communication 2
ECED& 138 Admin Early Learning 3