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. 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.
Program learning outcomes are listed on individual options linked below.
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.
- Short-Term ECED Certificate.pdf
- Short-Term ECED Certificate of Specialization-General.pdf
- Short-Term ECED State Certificate-Infants and Toddlers.pdf
- Short-Term ECED State Certificate Family Child Care-.pdf
- Short-Term ECED State Certificate School Age Care-.pdf
- Use evidence-based information about child development and learning to critically think and implement equitable teaching practices.
- Demonstrate effective relationship building skills with children, families, and community members.
- Utilize appropriate observation, documentation, and assessment information to support children’s development and families.
- Apply developmentally appropriate practices when working with children and families.
- Plan, implement, and evaluate meaningful curriculum for young children.
- Demonstrate personal characteristics, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide programs that facilitate children’s learning in a professional manner.