Catalog 2023-2024 
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Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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 , , , , and  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.

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