Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education (ECE) may be right for you if…You enjoy working with both children and adults; you are interested in the way children grow and develop; you’d like to make a positive difference in the lives of families and children.


Associate in Applied Science—Transfer

Associate in Technical Arts


Transfer/Articulation Program

  • AAS to all public universities in Washington state
  • Brandman University
  • The Evergreen State College
  • Washington State University

NOTE: Olympic College also offers these Early Childhood Education licensing and endorsement opportunities:


At the end of the program, successful students will be able to:

  • Acquire, interpret and use information and resources that support industry defined appropriate practice.
  • Work as a team member and demonstrate respect for diversity in an early childhood environment.
  • Demonstrate professional and personal accountability in decision-making and practices relative to children, families, colleagues and community.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing in the context of early childhood settings. Design, maintain, document and evaluate early childhood environments and programming.


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Current wage information can be found for each career option. After finding the career option in O*NET online, click on Wages & Employment, select Washington in the State & National field and GO.


  • Courses offered are developed as “stackable” certificates that allow early learning professionals to build their education toward a single, statewide early childhood education credential. These certificates are reflected on the Washington State Career Lattice and include common courses, titles, and descriptions at Olympic College to increase successful student outcomes at http://www.del.wa.gov/
  • Washington State law requires background checks on anyone who is authorized to care for or have unsupervised access to children in licensed child care facilities, including home care. Students interested in careers in Early Childhood Education should review the background check rules at http://www.del.wa.gov/requirements/info/background.aspx prior to enrollment. Background information that will disqualify a subject individual: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=170-06-0070
  • Family home child care providers must be licensed; there is a fee associated with licensing. http://www.del.wa.gov/requirements/info/Default.aspx
  • Career planning tools include the state career lattice for professional development. Also, MERIT is Washington’s online tool for early learning professionals to find trainings, access information on career pathways, and track their individual career progress. For further information go to http://www.del.wa.gov/requirements/professional/Default.aspx


Gayle Dilling
Phone: 360.475.7289
Email: gdilling@olympic.edu

Source: 2012 Olympic College Workforce Development "Red Book", updated 5/27/14