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Early Childhood Education, BAS

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Program Admission Dates: Fall

The Bachelor of Applied Science Early Childhood Education program prepares students to serve in leadership roles in the early learning setting, working collaboratively with children and their families. The BAS curriculum will provide students with additional knowledge and advanced applications in early childhood education that build on the basic skills developed at the associate’s degree level. Students will enhance skills related to working with diverse groups of young children and their families, with an emphasis on language acquisition and early literacy, and leading program development through application-based learning experiences.

Bachelor of Applied Science Early Childhood Education graduates will:

  • plan, create, and implement curriculum based on children’s development, unique needs, interests and Washington State guidelines, and analyze the effectiveness of learning experiences
  • adapt and modify curriculum and teaching strategies based on the individual needs of children, culture, learning styles, and language
  • utilize observations and assessments to
    • track children’s development,
    • communicate progress with families, and
    • individualize curriculum planning
  • apply reflection-based analysis of teaching methodologies and educational materials
  • develop partnerships with parents/guardians, families, colleagues, co-teachers, and administration
  • evaluate use of technology in early childhood education settings, and analyze the effectiveness of various forms of media
  • create individualized teaching strategies for
    • guiding behavior,
    • supporting children’s social and emotional development, and
    • collaborating with families and co-teachers
  • recognize the diversity among children and their families within early learning communities and utilize teaching strategies to create inclusive environments
  • demonstrate leadership ability by
    • applying professional standards for early childhood educators,
    • addressing ethical dilemmas,
    • serving as mentors,
    • collaborating with colleagues, and
    • communicating effectively
  • demonstrate critical thinking, intercultural appreciation, teamwork, information literacy, and communication skills

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor. Any additional coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.



To be considered for admission to the BAS in Early Childhood Education program, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. An earned associate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution in Early Childhood Education or a closely related field
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA across all college coursework of 2.0 
  3. Completion of all General Education prerequisite course listed below with a minimum 2.0 GPA in each course
  4. Completion of all Technical Education prerequisite courses listed below with a minimum 2.0 GPA in each course

Program Requirements

Required Course Sequence

General Education Requirements - 40 Credits

The following courses from the Program Requirements listed above meet the General Education requirements for this program.

Total Program Credits: 180

Total credits includes the 90 credits listed above and a minimum of 90 credits completed at the associate degree level.

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