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Early Childhood Education

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.

Program Options

  • 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 Development
Child Abuse & Neglect
Nutrition in Early Education
Observation, Records & Assessment
School, Home & Legal Issues
Curriculum Exploration
Diversity in Early Childhood Education
Working with Bilingual Children

Instructional Technology
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

Career Opportunities

Your career choices in early childhood education are varied and growing. Early care and education settings include:

Teacher Family Home Visitor
Childcare Administrator
Head Start Administrator
ECE Program Administrator
Playground Assistant 

Placement Rate

Placement and Completion Data


Contact Us

Barbara Martinez-Griego
Department Chair

Email Barbara

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