Individuals enrolled in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program complete course work that combines theory and practical experience in working with young children and their families. ECE courses are based on Washington State Skill Standards for the Early Childhood and School-Age Care Professions.
You may enter the program during any quarter on a fulltime or part-time basis. Courses are offered on the Port Angeles campus during late afternoons and evenings to accommodate individuals who work. Courses also are offered in Port Townsend, Forks, and Neah Bay through Interactive Television (ITV). Most courses have an online component and several courses are offered entirely online. All Early Childhood Education courses and selected EDUC courses are STARS approved for continuing education.
- Promote child development and learning.
- Build family and community relationships.
- Observe, document, and assess to support young children and families.
- Use developmentally effective approaches.
- Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum.
- Become a professional.
Individuals may earn stackable short-term certificates: State Initial Early Childhood Education, State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate – General, State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate – Infants and Toddlers.
Individuals who earn a 47-credit Early Childhood Education State Certificate may find opportunities as nannies, family child-care providers, or respite care providers for children with special needs. Others may become education assistants in preschools.
Graduates with a 90-credit AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education find employment as child-care specialists, curriculum-program managers, or teachers in child-care centers serving infants and children up to age 12. Graduates may also qualify for positions in Head Start/ECEAP as Early Head Start specialists for infants/toddlers, preschool teachers, home visitors, or family-educators, and as para-educators in grades K-5. In addition, opportunities are increasing for family support paraprofessionals in human services and mental health agencies.
- State Short ECED Certificate.pdf
- State Short ECED Certificate of Specialization - General.pdf
- State Short ECED Certificate of Specialization - Infants and Toddlers.pdf
- Promoting Child Development and Learning
- Building Family and Community Relationships
- Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young children and Families
- Using Developmentally Effective Approaches
- Using content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
- Becoming a Professional