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Early Learning and Teacher Education

Designed for students interested in the challenging field of working with children in a variety of areas such as teachers, or as classroom assistants in early childhood, elementary, and secondary education, and other opportunities. Emphasis is placed on active student involvement. Coursework includes observation, participation, and practical experience. A program option is offered in special education. Degree and certificate programs are available for students entering college for the first time or seeking a second career.

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Associate in Arts Degree Early Childhood Education

Brief Description

The Associate in Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education is designed to meet the Washington State Career Lattice guidelines for people interested in becoming lead teachers, program supervisors, program directors or family support specialists in early childhood settings, caring for and educating young children. Emphasis is placed on active student involvement, observation, participation, and practical experience. Classes help adults increase their understanding of the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of children and to apply developmentally appropriate guidance and curriculum methods to meet the individual and group needs of children and their families. Students also complete general education requirements. Credits earned may be applied to the 90 credit AAS-T Early Childhood Education Transfer Degree.

Learning Outcomes

Degree recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Promote child development and learning by using their understanding of young children's characteristics and needs to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for children of all abilities.
  • Build and value diverse family and community relationships and support by demonstrating their understanding of the importance and complex characteristics of children's families and communities.
  • Observe, document and assess young children and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children's development.
  • Connect with children and families by knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
  • Use developmentally effective approaches by knowing, understanding, and using a wide array of approaches, strategies, and tools to positively influence children's development and learning.
  • Utilize content knowledge in early education by applying the essential concepts, inquiry tools, and academic subjects; and use resources to deepen their understanding.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate relevant, challenging, and responsive curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for young children of all cultures.
  • Identify, explain, and apply appropriate guidance techniques and theories as an important classroom management tool.
  • Identify, explain, and apply nutrition, health and safety practices and procedures appropriate for use when teaching young children.
  • Write clearly and effectively for varied audiences and purposes.
  • Use, analyze and draw inferences from numerical and symbolic modes of communication.
  • Graduates will be engaged as members of the Early Childhood profession and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Nested Certificates

  • Early Childhood Education Short Certificate of Specialization – Infant-Toddler Care – Certificate of Accomplishment
  • Early Childhood Education Short Certificate of Specialization – General Early Childhood Education – Certificate of Accomplishment
  • Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate – Certificate of Completion

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Requirements

Course No. Course Name  Credit Hrs.
ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health, Safety and Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum—Nurturing Relationships 2
ECED& 132 Infants / Toddlers Care 3
ECED& 160 Curriculum Development 5
ECED& 170 Environments for Young Children 3
ECED& 180 Language and Literacy Development 3
ECED& 190 Observation and Assessment 3
ECED 191 Early Childhood Education Practicum I 5
ECED 192 Early Childhood Education Practicum II 5
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
EDUC& 150 Child, Family and Community 3
EDUC& 204 The Exceptional Child 5
EDUC 240 Culture & Human Diversity in Education 3
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication (5 Cr)  
CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication (5 Cr)  
CMST& 230   Small Group Communication (5 Cr)  
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
MATH& 107 Math in Society (5 Cr)  
MATH& 131 Math for Elementary Teachers I (5 Cr)  
Choose 5-6 credits from the following: 5-6
ASTR& 101 Introduction to Astronomy (6 Cr)  
BIOL& 100 Survey of Biology (6 Cr)  
BIOL 108 Human Biology (6 Cr)  
BOTAN 110 Introduction Plant Biology (6 Cr)  
CHEM& 110 Chemical Concepts w/Lab (6 Cr)  
GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology (6 Cr)  
NUTR 100 Personal Nutrition (5 Cr)  
OCEA& 101 Introduction to Oceanography w/Lab (6 Cr)  
PHYS& 100 Physics – Basic Concepts (5 Cr)  
PHYS 104 Discoveries in Physics (6 Cr)  
Approved Electives 1-2
Total   90

Certificate of Achievement Early Childhood Education State Certificate

Brief Description

The Early Childhood Education State Certificate is designed to meet the Washington State Career Lattice guidelines for people interested in becoming teacher assistants in early childhood, early elementary, special education or other settings caring for and educating young children. Emphasis is placed on active student involvement, observation, participation, and practical experience. Classes help adults increase their understanding of the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of children and to apply developmentally appropriate guidance and curriculum methods to meet the individual and group needs of children and their families. Credits earned may be applied to the 90 credit Associate in Arts Degree Early Childhood Education Degree.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Build and value diverse family and community relationships and support by demonstrating their understanding of the importance and complex characteristics of children's families and communities.
  • Observe, document and assess young children and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children's development.
  • Connect with children and families by knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
  • Use developmentally effective approaches by knowing, understanding, and using a wide array of approaches, strategies, and tools to positively influence children's development and learning.
  • Utilize content knowledge in early education by applying the essential concepts, inquiry tools, and academic subjects; and use resources to deepen their understanding.
  • Identify, explain, and apply appropriate guidance techniques and theories as an important classroom management tool.
  • Identify, explain, and apply nutrition, health and safety practices and procedures appropriate for use when teaching young children.
  • Write clearly and effectively for varied audiences and purposes.
  • Use, analyze and draw inferences from numerical and symbolic modes of communication.
  • Be engaged as members of the Early Childhood profession and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Nested Certificates

  • Early Childhood Education Short Certificate of Specialization—General Early Childhood Education [Certificate of Accomplishment]
  • Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate [Certificate of Completion]

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate (PDF)

Requirements

Course No. Course Name  Credit Hrs.
ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum--Nurturing Relationships 2
ECED& 160 Curriculum Development 5
ECED& 170 Environments for Young Children 3
ECED& 180 Language and Literacy Development 3
ECED& 190 Observation and Assessment 3
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
EDUC& 150 Child, Family and Community 3
ENGL& 101          English Composition I 5
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
MATH& 107 Math in Society (5 Cr)  
MATH& 131 Math for Elementary Education I (5 Cr)  
Total   47

Certificate of Accomplishment Short State Certificate of Specialization— General (Early Childhood Education)

Brief Description

The Short State Certificate of Specialization—General (Early Childhood Education)is designed to meet the Washington State Career Lattice guidelines for people in-retested in becoming teacher assistants in early childhood, early elementary, special education or other settings caring for and educating young children. Emphasis is placed on active student involvement, observation, participation, and practical experience. Classes help adults increase their understanding of the physical, inlet-effectual, emotional and social development of children and to apply developmentally appropriate guidance and curriculum methods to meet the individual and group needs of children and their families. Credits earned may be applied to the 47 credit State Early Childhood Education Certificate and the 90 credit Associate in Arts Degree Early Childhood Education and AAS-T Early Childhood Education Transfer Degree.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Observe, document and assess young children and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children's development.
  • Connect with children and families by knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
  • Identify, explain, and apply appropriate guidance techniques and theories as an important classroom management tool.
  • Identify, explain, and apply nutrition, health and safety practices and procedures appropriate for use when teaching young children.
  • Be engaged as members of the Early Childhood profession and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice

Nested Certificates

  • Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate [Certificate of Completion]

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate (PDF)

Requirements

Course No. Course Name  Credit Hrs.
ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum--Nurturing Relationships 2
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
Total   20

Certificate of Accomplishment Early Childhood Education—Infant & Toddler Care

Brief Description

The Early Childhood Education Short Certificate of Specialization in Infant and Toddler Care is designed to meet the Washington State Career Lattice guidelines for people interested in caring for and educating young children from birth to age 3 in a variety of child care settings. Emphasis is placed on active student involvement, observation, participation, and practical experience. Classes help adults increase their understanding of the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of children and to apply developmentally appropriate guidance and curriculum methods to meet the individual and group needs of children and their families. Credits earned may be applied to the 47 credit Early Childhood Education State Certificate and the Associate in Arts Degree Early Childhood Education and AAS-T Early Childhood Education Transfer Degree.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Observe, document and assess young children and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children's development.
  • Connect with children and families by knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
  • Use developmentally effective approaches by knowing, understanding, and using a wide array of approaches, strategies, and tools to positively influence children's development and learning.
  • Identify, explain, and apply appropriate guidance techniques and theories as an important classroom management tool.
  • Identify, explain, and apply nutrition, health and safety practices and procedures appropriate for use when teaching young children.
  • Be engaged as members of the Early Childhood profession and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Nested Certificates

  • Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate [Certificate of Completion]

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate (PDF)

Requirements

Course No. Course Name  Credit Hrs.
ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum—Nurturing Relationships 2
ECED& 132 Nurturing Care—Infants & Toddlers 3
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
Total   20

Certificate of Completion Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate

Brief Description

The Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate is designed to meet the Washington State Career Lattice guidelines for teacher assistants in early childhood, early elementary, special education or other settings caring for and educating young children. Classes help adults increase their understanding of the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of children and to apply developmentally appropriate guidance and curriculum methods to meet the individual and group needs of children and their families. Emphasis is placed on active student involvement, observation, participation, and practical experience. Credits earned may be pa-plied to the 20 credit Certificates of Specialization, 47 credit Early Childhood Education State Certificate and the 90 credit Associate in Arts Degree Early Childhood Education and AAS-T Early Childhood Education Transfer Degree.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Connect with children and families by knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
  • Identify, explain, and apply appropriate guidance techniques and theories as an important classroom management tool.
  • Identify, explain, and apply nutrition, health and safety practices and procedures appropriate for use when teaching young children.
  • Be engaged as members of the Early Childhood profession and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate (PDF)

Requirements

Course No. Course Name  Credit Hrs.
ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 5
ECED& 120           Practicum—Nurturing Relationships 2
Total   12

Certificate of Completion eLearning for Educators

Notice: This program has been discontinued in the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Brief Description

eLearning for Educators offers professional development for new and experienced K-12 and college faculty and administrators. Courses prepare educators to select and use emerging technology tools to develop effective instructional strategies that support student-centered, contemporary learning environments. Coursework integrates pedagogically informed instructional design with hands-on skill building to facilitate learning in face-to-face, blended and fully Online courses that are rich in technology.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Create and facilitate technology-enriched learning experiences that advance student creativity and innovation;
  • Assess, select and utilize current and emerging technology tools and resources to develop and facilitate effective student-centered, contemporary learning environments that support learning objectives for students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles;
  • Demonstrate fluency with current research and practice in teaching and learning in the eLearning environment;
  • Model, teach and promote digital citizenship and responsible behavior in safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology.

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate (PDF)

Requirements

Course No. Course Name  Credit Hrs.
EDUC 230 eLearning Tools 3
EDUC 231 eLearning Course Design 3
EDUC 232 eLearning Course Development 3
EDUC 281/2/3/4 Electives, Special Topics 3
Total   12

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