Early Childhood Education

Associate in Technical Arts

This program provides students 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 in Head Start, child care, parent cooperatives, and private preschools as well as paraeducators in some school districts.

Program Outcomes

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

Required Courses Credits
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 Lrng Prog 3  
ECED 151 Practicum II* 5  
ECED& 160 Curriculum Development 5  
ECED 164 Mathematics for Early Childhood Ed* 5  
ECED& 170 Environments-Young Child 3  
ECED 174 Multicultural Education 3  
ECED& 180 Lang/Literacy Develop 3  
ECED& 190 Observation/Assessment 3  
ECED 201 Practicum III* 5  
ECED 225 Issues and Trends in ECE 3  
EDUC& 121 Child Development I: Birth to 8 5  
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3  
EDUC& 150 Child/Family/Community 3  
EDUC& 203 Exceptional Child 3  
ENGL& 101 English Composition I* 5 70

Recommended Electives
Successful completion of courses from the following list for a total of 90 credits:  
ASL& 121 Am Sign Language I 5  
ECED& 100 Introduction to Child Care 3  
ECED 125 Child Advocacy (CASA Training)* 3  
ECED& 132 Infants/Toddlers Care 3  
ECED& 134 Family Child Care 3  
ECED 166 Environmental Evaluation 1  
ECED 172 Introduction to Montessori 3  
ECED 173 Art and Creative Activities 3  
ECED 176 Music and Movement for Young Children 3  
ECED 177 Science for Young Children 3  
ECED 178 Children’s Literature 3  
ECED 187 Special Topics CDA Credential I 6  
ECED 215 ECE Professional Portfolio 1
ECED 287 Special Topics CDA Credential II 6
EDUC& 122 Child Development II: 8-Teen* 5  
EDUC& 136 School Age Care 3  
PE-ED 109 Basic CPR 1  
PE-ED 110 Basic First Aid 1  
SOC 135 The Family* 5 20
Total Credits Required 90

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2014-2015 Olympic College Catalog