Do you love working with young children and their families? Enroll today in Skagit Valley College's Early Childhood Education program and prepare for a fulfilling career doing work that you enjoy.
- Associate in Technical Arts degree
- Work with certified teachers to support education & programs
- Accepted for transfer by City University & The Evergreen State College
- Associate of Applied Science degree
- Qualifies you to be an Early Childhood Education teacher
- Accepted for transfer to specific four-year college programs
- Assoc. in Arts University & College Transfer degree electives courses
- Education Paraprofessional
- Child Development Associate Certificate preparation courses
- One-year Certificate in Early Childhood Education
- Individually Developed Course Programs in specific ECE disciplines
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program will
- Develop, design and implement creative, innovative, developmentally and culturally appropriate educational practices that positively impact the development, creativity and self-esteem of young children.
- Establish and maintain an environment that ensures children’s safety, health and nourishment.
- Understand how children acquire language and creative expression and develop physically, cognitively and socially.
- Observe and assess what children know and can do in order to plan and provide curriculum that meets their developmental needs.
- Work appropriately with exceptional children and those with special needs.
- Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to plan a curriculum and classroom program based upon observational data, professionally defined standards, current research findings, and theories of learning during the early childhood stage of development.
- Create an anti-biased, culturally relevant environment/curriculum, embracing the multifaceted term diversity, which includes, but is not exclusive to race, ethnicity, family diversity, and learning styles.
- Communicate effectively through the spoken and written word and through visual materials for varied audiences and purposes, in the context of early childhood settings.
- Serve children and families in a professional manner and participate in the community as a representative of early care and education.
- Develop strong relationships with families and work collaboratively with agencies/organizations to meet children’s needs and to encourage the community’s involvement with early care and education.
- Develop personally and professionally, maintaining current knowledge in the field and participating in on-going professional development.
- Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, technical and information literacy skills.
You May Study
Child Abuse & Neglect
Nutrition in Early Education
Observation, Records & Assessment
School, Home & Legal Issues
Diversity in Early Childhood Education
Working with Bilingual Children
Human Relations & Communication for ECE Professionals
Working With the Exceptional Child
Guidance & Behavior for Classroom
Administration of ECE and Childcare Programs
Language & Literature for Children
Practicum & Seminar
Why Skagit Valley College
The Early Childhood Education program options allow you to design coursework for a career path that fits your needs.
- Highly qualified instructors with broad experience in ECE
- Diverse program options: degrees, certificates and college transfers
- Internships provide real-world experience
- National Association for the Education of Young Children qualified
- Washington State Teaching Certificate endorsement courses
- Washington State Core Competencies and Skill Standards for Paraeducators qualified
- Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001 standards for paraeducator qualified
Your career choices in early childhood education are varied and growing. Early care and education settings include:
Teacher Family Home Visitor
Head Start Administrator
ECE Program Administrator
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