The Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science Degree is designed to provide persons interested in working with children a systematic study of the care, development and education of children from birth to age eight. Students gain the knowledge and competency necessary for a professional career working with young children.
Men and women with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education can qualify for positions as preschool teacher, child care director, child care program supervisor, child care provider, non-certified early childhood teacher, or elementary school classroom aide. Graduates may be employed by child care centers, cooperative preschools, family child care homes, parks and recreation departments, private preschools, public schools and state and federally funded preschools. See Society, Services & Education » Early Childhood Education for more career and employment information.
At the completion for the Early Childhood Education Program, the successful student will be able to:
- Critically thinking in order to analyze, evaluate and solve problems using multiple methodologies
- Having multicultural awareness thru exhibiting an understanding of the ways economic, political, social, and culture factors impact identity and interactions
- Computation through identification, understanding and communicating the differences between quantitative and qualitative date and be able to explain results
- Demonstrating ethics through identifying complex ethical issues and recognizing and evaluating interrelationships of related issues
- Communicating effectively through written and verbal communications skills
Students will also demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation (www.naeyc.org) and the Washington State Department of Early Learning Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals (www.del.wa.gov)
An Associate in Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above. All core and General Education requirements must be met with any additional credits to be selected as electives.
State Stackable Certificate Requirements
Prerequisite for Short Certificate of Specialization: Completed Initial Certificate Prerequisite for State Early Childhood Education Certificate: Completed Initial Certificate and Short Certificate of Specialization
General Education Requirements
Complete a minimum of five credits from each of the three categories: Communication, Computation, and Human Relations.
For an AAS degree, a single course may not be used to satisfy more than one category.
Electives: If any of the required courses have been waived, select courses with the assistance of an advisor to complete the 90-credit minimum requirement.
The Early Childhood Education AAS degree can be completed in three years attending evenings only or in two years with a combination of day and evening courses. The majority of ECED and EDUC courses meet in the evening. Practicums (ECED& 120, ECED 205 and ECED 250) require daytime hours. Many ECED and EDUC courses require observation hours in addition to class time. See course outlines for details. Students can enter the program any quarter but are strongly encouraged to meet with an ECE advisor for detailed information necessary for planning their degree. Contact (360) 596-5293 for advising day information.
- Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should work closely with an advisor to ensure maximum transfer of credits.
- ECED& 107 requires CPR/First Aid and a Food Handlers Cards be obtained while taking this class.
- To successfully complete the practicum experiences in ECED& 120, ECED 205 and ECED 250, students will volunteer in a Head Start, school or child care center which will require a Department of Early Learning portable background check and requires a tuberculosis test.
- ECED/EDUC courses may be taken in any order, except ECED 205, ECED 250 and ECED 238. It is recommended but not necessary to take ECED& 105 first. It is recommended but not necessary to get the ECE stackable certificates while obtaining your ECE degree.
- Grades of “C” or better must be obtained in all courses with an EDUC or ECED prefix to apply to the ECE degree or certificates.
- It is possible to receive up to 12 credits toward the degree for students having a Child Development Associate (C.D.A.) credential. See advisor for details.
- An alternative pathway is the Associate in Applied Science (AAS-T) degree which can be used to transfer to many four year colleges and universities.
Additional Program Information
Early Childhood Education
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Shared between our Certificate and Degree
Select a minimum of 9 credits from the following list:
Other courses may be considered as elective credits. Contact your advisor for approval. Up to 5 credits from credit bearing community based training, parent education, or individual Building Bridges modules may be used toward elective credits with advisor approval.
General Education Requirements - Associate Degree
Choose one of the following:
Choose one of the following:
Certificate of Achievement
Certificate of Proficiency
State Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate
8 credits each - see prerequisite
State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of the Specialization:
Requirements: Initial Certificate, Plus 8 credits from the following:
Infant and Toddlers
School Age Care
Family Child Care
Certificate of Completion
47 credits total
State Early Childhood Education Certificate
Requirements: Initial and Short Certificate, Plus 27 credits from the following:
(Quantitative or computational Math above 100 or designated Q/SR)
Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised March 21, 2017