Early Learning & 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.


Associate in Applied Science-T Degree
Early Childhood Education

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2017 – 2018.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.

Brief Description

The AAS-T combines technical courses required for job preparation and college-level general education courses. These degrees are designed for the dual purpose of immediate employment and preparation for the junior year in a Washington state bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree program. The AAS-T degree generally will not be accepted in transfer-in preparation for bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees although the general education component of the degree will be accepted in transfer.

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Program Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health, Safety, 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
ECED 191 Early Childhood Education Practicum I 5
ECED 192 Early Childhood Education Practicum II 5
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
EDUC& 150 Child, Family, Community 3
EDUC& 204 Exceptional Child 5
EDUC 240 Culture and Human Diversity in Education 3
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
EDUC& 115 Child Development (5 Cr)
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology (5 Cr)

Communication

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Choose 10 credits from the following: 10
ENGL& 101 English Composition I (5 Cr)
ENGL 201 The Research Paper (5 Cr)
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing (5 Cr)
ENGL 271 Expository Writing (5 Cr)

Quantitative

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
BA 240 Statistical Analysis (5 Cr)
MATH& 107 Math in Society (5 Cr)
MATH 130 Introduction to Statistics (5 Cr)
MATH& 131 Math for Elementary Education I (5 Cr)
MATH& 132 Math for Elementary Education II (5 Cr)
MATH 138 College Algebra for Business & Social Science (5 Cr)
MATH& 141 Precalculus I (5 Cr)
MATH& 142 Precalculus II (5 Cr)
MATH& 148 Business Calculus (5 Cr)
MATH& 151 Calculus I (5 Cr)
MATH& 152 Calculus II (5 Cr)
MATH& 153 Calculus III (5 Cr)
MATH 208 Introduction to Linear Algebra (5 Cr)
MATH 238 Differential Equations (5 Cr)
MATH& 254 Calculus IV (5 Cr)

Humanities

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Choose 10 credits from the following*: 10
ART 105 Art Appreciation (1-5 Cr)
ASL& 121 American Sign Language I (5 Cr)
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication (5 Cr)
*You may also choose courses from the Associate in Arts & Sciences Degree (DTA) list. Only one language course for a maximum of 5 credits allowed in Humanities

Social Science

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Choose 10 credits from the following*: 10
ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology (5 Cr)
HIST 101 History of Civilization Cultural Traditions (5 Cr)
PSYC& 100 General Psychology (5 Cr)
SOC& 101** Introduction to Sociology (5 Cr)
*You may also choose courses from the Associate in Arts & Sciences Degree (DTA) list. **Eastern Washington University recommends SOC& 101 to satisfy an EWU required sociology course.

Natural Science

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Choose 5-6 credits from the following: 5-6
ASTR& 101 Introduction to Astronomy (6 Cr)
ASTR 201 Selected Topics in Advanced Astronomy (6 Cr)
BIOL/BIOL& Choose from Associate in Arts & Sciences DTA list
BOTAN 110 Introduction to Plant Biology (6 Cr)
BOTAN 113 Plant Identification & Classification (6 Cr)
BOTAN 120 Introduction to Mycology (6 Cr)
CHEM 100 Chemical Explorations (5 Cr)
CHEM& 110 Chemical Concepts w/Lab (6 Cr)
ENVS 207 Field & Laboratory Environmental Science (6 Cr)
ENVS 250 Puget Sound Ecology (6 Cr)
GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology (6 Cr)
GEOL 103 History of Earth (6 Cr)
OCEA& 101 Introduction to Oceanography (6 Cr)
PHYS& 100 Physics—Basic Concepts (5 Cr)
PHYS 109 Science for Information Technology (6 Cr)
PHYS& 114 General Physics I (6 Cr)
PHYS& 115 General Physics II (6 Cr)
PHYS& 116 General Physics III (6 Cr)
PHYS 121 General Engineering Physics I (6 Cr)
PHYS 122 General Engineering Physics II (6 Cr)
PHYS 123 General Engineering Physics III (6 Cr)

BC General Education & Cultural Diversity Requirement

This degree has a set of BC General Education requirements including Cultural Diversity. Please choose one course to meet the Cultural Diversity Requirement. For approved courses, visit Cultural Diversity courses website. Below is a complete listing of all the course that meet the colleges Cultural Diversity requirements for the Associate Transfer Degrees. Classes will be applied towards either Humanities, Social Science, Natural Sciences or electives.
The following transferable courses meet the Cultural Diversity requirement:
Anthropology: 100, 104, 106, 108, 117, 180, 200, 206, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 214, 219, 220, 222, 224, 235, 260, 265; Art: 103
Cultural & Ethnic Studies: 100, 101, 106, 109, 120, 121, 130, 140, 152, 180, 200, 201, 203, 205, 210, 241, 257; Communication Studies: 134, 250, 280
French: 131, 132, 133, 231, 232, 233; Geography: 123, 200, 277; History: 185, 246; Music: 117; Philosophy: 102, 145, 265; Psychology: 250
Sociology: 101, 120, 121, 122, 149, 201, 205, 210, 215, 222, 230, 248, 253, 254, 257, 260, 262, 264, 267, 268, 275
The following restrictive electives also meet the Cultural Diversity requirement:
Business: 120, 241; Criminal Justice: 242; Education: 150, 240, 286; Human Development: 140; Marketing Management: 200; Nursing: 290

Associate in Arts Degree
Early Childhood Education

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2017 – 2018.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.

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.

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Program Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health, Safety, 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, Community 3
EDUC& 204 Exceptional Child 5
EDUC 240 Culture and 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 Education 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

Certificate of Achievement:

State Early Childhood Education Certificate

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2017 – 2018.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.

Brief Description

The State Early Childhood Education 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.

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate [PDF]

Program Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # 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)

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.

Certificate of Accomplishment:
Short State Certificate of Specialization— General

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2017 – 2018.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.

Brief Description

The State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization – General 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

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate [PDF]

Program Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # 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

Certificate of Completion:
Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2017 – 2018.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.

Brief Description

The Initial State Certificate (Early Childhood Education) 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]

Program Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # 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

Certificate of Accomplishment:
State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization – Infants & Toddlers

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2017 – 2018.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.

Brief Description

The State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of SpecializationInfants and Toddlers 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 State Early Childhood Education 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.

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate [PDF]

Program Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # 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& 115 Child Development 5


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Last Updated August 30, 2017