Early Childhood Education

Associate in Applied Science—Transfer

This program provides the student with classes in Early Childhood Education, supporting courses, as well as elective classes in other areas. Upon completion of the degree requirements, students should be able to work in programs involving young children: Head Start, child care, parent cooperatives, private preschools, etc.

The Olympic College Early Childhood Education Program is based on the Washington State Skill Standards for Early Childhood and School Age Care Professions.

Program Outcomes

This is a dual-purpose degree program that is intended to prepare students for employment in early care and education settings, as well as for transfer to specific baccalaureate degree programs. **

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:

  1. Acquire, interpret, and use information and resources that support industry defined appropriate practice.
  2. Work as a team member and demonstrate respect for diversity in an early childhood environment to accomplish family, child and program goals.
  3. Demonstrate professional and personal accountability in decision making and practices relative to children, families, colleagues, and the community.
  4. Effectively communicate orally and in writing in the context of early childhood settings.
  5. Design, maintain, document, and evaluate early childhood environments and programming on a regular basis.

** NOTE: You must consult with an appropriate advisor to obtain information on specific requirements of the receiving baccalaureate institution.

Advisor Office Phone
Dilling, Gayle Sophia Bremer Child Development Center 103 360.475.7289

Required Courses Credits
ENGL& 101 English Composition I* 5

Choose one of the following two courses:
ENGL& 102 Composition II* 5  
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing* 5 5

Choose one of the following two courses:
MATH& 107 Math in Society* 5  
MATH& 141 Precalculus I: Algebra* 5 5

(Choose 10 credits from the following, from at least 2 disciplines)
ART& 100 Art Appreciation 5  
ART 102 Art History/Ancient—Byzantine 5  
ART 103 Art History/Medieval—Renaissance 5  
ASL& 121 Am Sign Language I 5  
CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication* 5  
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5  
MUSC 101 Fundamentals of Music 5  
SPAN& 121 Spanish I 5 10

Social Sciences:
(Choose 10 credits from the following, from at least 2 disciplines)
ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology 5  
EDUC& 202 Intro to Education 5  
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5  
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5  
SOC& 101 Intro to Sociology* 5  
SOC 135 The Family* 5 10

Natural Sciences:
(Choose 5 credits from the following, must be a lab science)
BIOL& 160 General Biology w/Lab 5  
BIOL 201 Majors Biology I* 5 5

Required Early Childhood Education courses:
ECED 101 Professionalism and Ethics in ECE 1  
ECED& 105 Intro Early Child Ed 5  
ECED& 107 Health/Safety/Nutrition 5  
ECED& 120 Practicum-Nurturing Rel* 2  
ECED& 139 Admin Early Learning Prog 3  
ECED 151 Practicum II* 5  
ECED& 160 Curriculum Development 5  
ECED 188 Child Abuse and Neglect 2  
ECED& 190 Observation/Assessment 3  
EDUC& 121 Child Development I: Birth to 8 5  
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3  
EDUC& 203 Exceptional Child 3 42

Recommended Early Childhood Education Electives:
(Successful completion from the following list for a total of 90 credits)
ECED 164 Mathematics for Early Childhood Ed* 5  
ECED 166 Environmental Evaluation 1  
ECED& 170 Environments-Young Child 3  
ECED 173 Art and Creative Activities 3  
ECED 174 Multicultural Education 3  
ECED 177 Science for Young Children 3  
ECED& 180 Lang/Literacy Develop 3  
ECED 201 Practicum III* 5 8
Total Credits Required 90

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2014-2015 Olympic College Catalog