Early Childhood Education
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Certificate of Proficiency

The Early Childhood Education Program provides knowledge of, and training in, working with children of preschool age. The Certificate of Proficiency provides intensive study of children, techniques for working with them, and specific subject areas of Early Childhood Education. Upon completion of the certificate requirements, students will be prepared to work in programs involving young children, i.e., Head Start, Child Care, Parent Cooperatives, and private preschools.

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 team members and demonstrate respect for diversity in an early childhood environment to accomplish family, child, and program goals.
  3. Effectively communicate in various ways in the context of early childhood settings.
  4. Participate in evaluation and maintenance of early childhood environments and programming on a regular basis.
Advisor Office Phone
Dilling, Gayle Sophia Bremer Child Development Center 103360.475.7289

Required CoursesCredits
ECE101Practicum I*3
ECE151Practicum II*1
ECE151APracticum II*2
ECE164Mathematics for Early Childhood Ed*5
ECE165Early Childhood Curriculum3
ECE170Intro to Early Childhood Education3
ECE171Observation and Assessment2
ECE184Health, Safety and Nutrition3
ECE185Guiding Children's Behavior3
ECE190Multicultural Education3
EDUC&121Child Development I: Birth to 85
ENGL&101English Composition I*5

Recommended Elective Courses
Successful completion of courses from the following list for a total of 50 credits: 
ECE100Introduction to Child Care2 
ECE160School Age Care3 
ECE166Environments for Children1 
ECE172Introduction to Montessori3 
ECE173Art and Creative Activities3 
ECE176Music for Young Children3 
ECE177Science for Young Children3 
ECE178Children’s Literature3 
ECE179Language and Literacy Development3 
ECE186Survey of Centers*2 
ECE187Special Topics–CDA Credential I*1-6 
ECE188Child Abuse and Neglect2 
ECE189Family Child Care Management3 
ECE191ECE Program Administration3 
ECE210Family School and Community Relations3 
ECE225Issues and Trends in ECE3 
ECE287Special Topics–CDA Credential II*1-6 
EDUC&203Exceptional Child3 
SOC135The Family512
Total Credits Required50

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2012-2013 Olympic College Catalog