Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education prepares students to enter the childcare and early learning field as highly skilled caregivers or early learning professionals who can immediately contribute to the development and growth of a child. The Early Childhood Education curriculum promotes high quality learning and play in early care and educational settings. Opportunities for the ongoing professional development of caregivers is also included. Students have the opportunity to apply newly acquired skills and knowledge through participation in cooperative work experiences. Certified teachers may apply specific courses towards continuing education credits. In an effort to accommodate currently employed students, Early Childhood Education courses are generally offered in late afternoon or evenings. Program curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional early learning professionals.

Degrees

Courses

  • ECE 144 Early Childhood Education
    Special topics in Early Childhood Education, may include seminars and workshops.
  • ECE 150 Math and Science for Early Childhood
    Focus on math and science for preschool and primary grade children. Students will learn how to create developmentally appropriate curriculum that will support young children in acquiring concepts and skills essential to basic understanding of math and science. Classroom activities will be introduced and concepts studied through inquiry based learning, note taking and discussion sessions. Recommended: READ 088
  • ECE 191 Cooperative Work Experience
    Provides hands-on experience in the early childhood field. This formal training period is agreed upon hy the student, employer, and instructor. Instructor permission required.
  • ECE 232 The Arts in Early Childhood
    This course addresses the creative arts process in art, drama, literature, music, and movement for students preparing to work with young children. Students will learn to design arts curricula based on developmentally appropriate practice, learning theory and learning standards. Students will be introduced to creative art experiences for young children and activities that assist in the development of a young child's creativity, and overall development.
  • ECE 239 Teaching Young Children - Capstone
    This course is designed as a capstone for the Early Childhood Education program. Students will explore concepts of developmentally appropriate practice and professional ethics. They will develop practical job-seeking skills in the field of early childhood education. Students will integrate and apply their knowledge of young children and developmentally appropriate practices by designing an early childhood program. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • ECE 255 Children at Risk
    Methods of teaching dysregulated children. Focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences, resilience, brain development, child development, stress, and empowering children with self-regulation skills.
  • ECE 291 Cooperative Work Experience II
    Opportunity to participate in hands-on training in the early childhood field. This formal training period is agreed upon by the student, employer, and.instructor. Instructor permission required.
  • ECED& 100 Child Care Basics
    This course is designed to meet licensing requirements for early learning lead teachers and family home child care providers, STARS 30 hour basics course recognized in the MERIT system. Topics: child growth/development, cultural responsiveness, community resources, guidance, health/safety/nutrition and professional practices.
  • ECED& 105 Intro Early Child Ed
    Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals, and programs in action.
  • ECED& 107 Health/Safety/Nutrition
    Introduction to implementation of equitable health, safety and nutrition standards for the growing child in group care. Focus on federal Child Care Block Grant funding (CCDF) requirements, WA state licensing and Head Start Performance standards. Develop skills necessary to keep children health & safe, report abuse & neglect, and connect families to community resources.
  • ECED& 120 Practicum-Nurturing Rel
    In an early learning setting apply best practice for engaging in nurturing relationships with children. Focus on keeping children healthy and safe while promoting growth and development, and creating a culturally responsive environment.
  • ECED& 132 Infants/Toddlers Care
    Examine the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Study the role of the caregiver, relationships with families, developmentally appropriate practices, nurturing environments for infants and toddlers, and culturally relevant care.
  • ECED& 134 Family Child Care
    Learn the basics of home/family child care program management. Topics include: licensing requirements; business management; relationship building; health, safety, & nutrition; guiding behavior and; promoting growth & development.
  • ECED& 138 Home Visitor/Family Engagement
    Plan and provide home visits and group activities that promote secure parent-child relationships and support families to provide high-quality early learning experiences that are embedded in everyday routines and experiences.
  • ECED& 139 Admin Early Lrng Prog
    Develop administrative skills required to develop, operate, manage and improve early childhood education and care programs. Acquire basic business management skills. Explore resources and supports for meeting Washington State licensing and professional NAEYC standards.
  • ECED& 160 Curriculum Development
    Plan and provide home visits and group activities that promote secure parent-child relationships and support families to provide high-quality early learning experiences that are embedded in everyday routines and experiences.
  • ECED& 170 Environments-Young Child
    This class focuses on the adult's role in designing, evaluating, and improving indoor and outdoor environments that ensure quality learning, nurturing experiences, and optimize the development of young children.
  • ECED& 180 Lang/ Literacy Develop
    Teaching strategies for language acquisition and literacy skill development examined at each developmental stage (birth-age 8) through the four interrelated areas of speaking, listening, writing, and reading.
  • ECED& 190 Observation/Assessment
    Collect and record observation of and assessment data in order to plan for and support the child, the family, the group and the community. Practice reflection techniques, summarizing conclusions and communicating findings.

Degrees

Degrees

Courses

Courses

  • ECE 144 Early Childhood Education
    Special topics in Early Childhood Education, may include seminars and workshops.
  • ECE 150 Math and Science for Early Childhood
    Focus on math and science for preschool and primary grade children. Students will learn how to create developmentally appropriate curriculum that will support young children in acquiring concepts and skills essential to basic understanding of math and science. Classroom activities will be introduced and concepts studied through inquiry based learning, note taking and discussion sessions. Recommended: READ 088
  • ECE 191 Cooperative Work Experience
    Provides hands-on experience in the early childhood field. This formal training period is agreed upon hy the student, employer, and instructor. Instructor permission required.
  • ECE 232 The Arts in Early Childhood
    This course addresses the creative arts process in art, drama, literature, music, and movement for students preparing to work with young children. Students will learn to design arts curricula based on developmentally appropriate practice, learning theory and learning standards. Students will be introduced to creative art experiences for young children and activities that assist in the development of a young child's creativity, and overall development.
  • ECE 239 Teaching Young Children - Capstone
    This course is designed as a capstone for the Early Childhood Education program. Students will explore concepts of developmentally appropriate practice and professional ethics. They will develop practical job-seeking skills in the field of early childhood education. Students will integrate and apply their knowledge of young children and developmentally appropriate practices by designing an early childhood program. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • ECE 255 Children at Risk
    Methods of teaching dysregulated children. Focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences, resilience, brain development, child development, stress, and empowering children with self-regulation skills.
  • ECE 291 Cooperative Work Experience II
    Opportunity to participate in hands-on training in the early childhood field. This formal training period is agreed upon by the student, employer, and.instructor. Instructor permission required.
  • ECED& 100 Child Care Basics
    This course is designed to meet licensing requirements for early learning lead teachers and family home child care providers, STARS 30 hour basics course recognized in the MERIT system. Topics: child growth/development, cultural responsiveness, community resources, guidance, health/safety/nutrition and professional practices.
  • ECED& 105 Intro Early Child Ed
    Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals, and programs in action.
  • ECED& 107 Health/Safety/Nutrition
    Introduction to implementation of equitable health, safety and nutrition standards for the growing child in group care. Focus on federal Child Care Block Grant funding (CCDF) requirements, WA state licensing and Head Start Performance standards. Develop skills necessary to keep children health & safe, report abuse & neglect, and connect families to community resources.
  • ECED& 120 Practicum-Nurturing Rel
    In an early learning setting apply best practice for engaging in nurturing relationships with children. Focus on keeping children healthy and safe while promoting growth and development, and creating a culturally responsive environment.
  • ECED& 132 Infants/Toddlers Care
    Examine the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Study the role of the caregiver, relationships with families, developmentally appropriate practices, nurturing environments for infants and toddlers, and culturally relevant care.
  • ECED& 134 Family Child Care
    Learn the basics of home/family child care program management. Topics include: licensing requirements; business management; relationship building; health, safety, & nutrition; guiding behavior and; promoting growth & development.
  • ECED& 138 Home Visitor/Family Engagement
    Plan and provide home visits and group activities that promote secure parent-child relationships and support families to provide high-quality early learning experiences that are embedded in everyday routines and experiences.
  • ECED& 139 Admin Early Lrng Prog
    Develop administrative skills required to develop, operate, manage and improve early childhood education and care programs. Acquire basic business management skills. Explore resources and supports for meeting Washington State licensing and professional NAEYC standards.
  • ECED& 160 Curriculum Development
    Plan and provide home visits and group activities that promote secure parent-child relationships and support families to provide high-quality early learning experiences that are embedded in everyday routines and experiences.
  • ECED& 170 Environments-Young Child
    This class focuses on the adult's role in designing, evaluating, and improving indoor and outdoor environments that ensure quality learning, nurturing experiences, and optimize the development of young children.
  • ECED& 180 Lang/ Literacy Develop
    Teaching strategies for language acquisition and literacy skill development examined at each developmental stage (birth-age 8) through the four interrelated areas of speaking, listening, writing, and reading.
  • ECED& 190 Observation/Assessment
    Collect and record observation of and assessment data in order to plan for and support the child, the family, the group and the community. Practice reflection techniques, summarizing conclusions and communicating findings.