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Early Childhood Education, AAS

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Program Mission: The Early Childhood Education AAS degree prepares students to develop competencies necessary to plan, implement, and evaluate a quality program for children, following National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

This program prepares students to seek new employment or update professional skills and knowledge as a family care provider; program supervisor of a child care center; child care manager; and lead and support teacher in early childhood programs. Theoretical knowledge is gained through traditional, hybrid, and online classroom lectures; practical experience takes place in college labs and in family and center-based programs where students may be employed.

Early Childhood Education AAS degree graduates will:

  • be prepared for a lead teacher or entry level management position in the early care and learning field
  • plan, implement, and evaluate children’s programs using current child development knowledge
  • apply developmentally appropriate guidance techniques
  • document children’s skill development and plan programs based on documented observations
  • be prepared to create a learning environment that fosters language, social, cognitive, and motor skills in young children
  • be prepared to communicate in verbal and written format with the parents
  • be prepared to plan and monitor food service in an early childhood program
  • be able to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment, both indoors/outdoors
  • follow the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) as it relates to early childhood programs
  • demonstrate communication, critical thinking, cultural humility, information literacy, and teamwork skills
  • meet Humanities , Quantitative Reasoning , Social Science , and Written Communication  general education distribution area outcomes

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 a college or program advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

Program Requirements

Recommended Course Sequence

Plan may vary based on English/Math Assessment Scores and for students attending part time.

Please contact the Faculty Director to complete an academic plan.

Technical Electives - 3 Credits

Select one 3 credit course from the following courses:

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits

Diversity and Social Justice Requirement

Within the degree requirements, students must complete a 3-5 credit course that meets the college’s Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) requirement. DSJ courses are designated in the college schedule and are designed to meet other general education or technical requirements simultaneous to meeting the DSJ requirement (e.g., ENGL& 101 with the DSJ attribute meets both the ENGL& 101 requirement and the DSJ requirement).

Note: Not all sections of a course meet the DSJ requirement. Students should review the class information to ensure the class section includes “course attributes: meets diversity requirement.”

Visit the DSJ requirement webpage to view the current list of general education and technical courses that meet the requirement.

Students who have taken a DSJ class in a previous certificate or degree, do not have to take another DSJ class.

Total Program Credits: 90

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