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Early Childhood Education, BAS

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The Bachelor of Applied Science Early Childhood Education program prepares students to serve in leadership roles as administrators, teachers in early learning settings, mentors, ECE trainers and advocates in non-profit community organizations. The BAS curriculum will provide students with an examination of theories, current research and in-depth applications of content that builds on the foundational knowledge developed at the associate degree level. Students will engage in application-based learning experiences that focus on equity and inclusion, reflective teaching cycles, working with diverse groups of young children and their families, developmentally appropriate practice, promoting language acquisition and early literacy, designing enriching curriculum, developing programs, advocating for early learning, and collaborations within the early learning setting and community. 

Bachelor of Applied Science Early Childhood Education graduates will:

  • create, plan, integrate, implement, and evaluate comprehensive curriculum experiences for young children based on developmentally appropriate practice, their interests, and culture. 
  • design equitable learning experiences by utilizing observations and assessments to track children’s development, modify curriculum, support culturally and linguistically diverse children, invite family and staff participation, and document children’s learning over time.  
  • create anti-bias, inclusive, culturally responsive, respectful, enriching, and equitable learning environments and curriculum experiences. 
  • analyze observations, engage in reflective teaching cycles, and implement teaching strategies to build relationships, improve interactions, guide, teach self-regulation skills, provide trauma informed care, integrate literacy, and promote social and emotional development for diverse groups of young children. 
  • develop partnerships, and collaborate with culturally and linguistically diverse families, teaching staff, administrators, and communities to promote children’s development, health, and well-being. 
  • demonstrate skills related to ECE leadership, professional approaches, and advocacy by 
    • applying ethical and professional standards for early childhood educators,  
    • engaging in advocacy for children, families, and the field of ECE, 
    • serving as mentors,  
    • analyzing the use of technology and media,  
    • utilizing reflective practice and collaboration with colleagues, and  
    • communicating effectively
  • demonstrate communication, critical thinking, cultural humility, information literacy, and teamwork skills
  • meet Humanities , Natural Science , 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 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 an 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 courses 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

Students may be conditionally admitted without completion of all Technical Education prerequisites, any remaining courses must be completed before or during Quarter 1. A maximum of 30 credits can be outstanding at the time of admission. Entering the program without these courses completed will result in additional time for degree completion.

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.

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: 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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