Early Childhood Education, AAS

This degree prepares you for immediate employment working with children and families in a variety of settings. Classes are designed to increase understanding of the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of children. You’ll also learn how to create safe and healthy environments. Build positive, culturally sensitive relationships with children and families in the early childhood education profession.

Courses & Requirements

The course catalog is a great place to find detailed information on this program.

Sample Courses

  • Infants/Toddlers Care
  • Language and Literacy Development
  • Child Development
  • Child, Family, Community
  • Inclusive Education

Program Catalog Page

Program Points of Pride

Expand Your Job Prospects

Be eligible to work in subsidized and federally funded early learning programs.

Job Options

Qualify for work as a Center Director or Program Supervisor in a licensed early learning center.

Ready to Transfer

Be prepared for teacher certification programs (K-12).

Featured Faculty

  • DeeDee Orcajo, Ph.D.

    • Program Chair

    DeeDee Orcajo, Ph.D. Dr. Orcajo’s professional roles include infant development specialist, foster care social worker, parenting instructor, parent advocate, and community college and university faculty in the fields of early childhood education and child/family development. She specializes in working with children who have experienced trauma and developmental delay in both home and center-based programs.

  • Alicia Brender

    • Program Faculty

    Alicia Brender. Program Faculty. Alicia Brender has worked for more than two decades as a teacher, early learning director, early childhood education and assistance program director, STARS trainer, integrated pre-K administrator, and professor. She has served on the Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee at Renton Community College and the Governor’s Early Learning Advisory Council, and testified before Washington State legislators on early learning initiatives.