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Early Childhood Education AAS -T

Transfers to: Western Governor's University, City University, DeVry University, The Evergreen State College, EWU-Child Studies, Seattle Pacific University, University of Phoenix, University of Cincinnati- College of Education, and WSU-Human Development


This degree is intended to prepare students for Bachelor's programs at the institutions listed above. Other college and university degree programs will accept very few of the Early Childhood Education credits in SVC's AAS‑T ECE degree. Students seeking transfer to degree programs other than those specifically designed for the AAS‑T in Early Childhood Education are urged to consider the AA-DTA direct transfer degree.

Although this degree will be granted to SVC students completing a 2.0 GPA, entry into a baccalaureate program at a college or university will require a higher GPA for admission. Admission is competitive and not guaranteed; it is important to perform your best in all SVC college classes. Seeking out an advisor/counselor early in your studies is highly recommended.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 quarter credits in courses numbered 100 or above with a grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to graduate from SVC with an AAS‑T Early Childhood Education degree. Credits must satisfy course requirements listed below.

Note: Course with an ampersand (&) are Common Course Numbering courses.

1. Communication Skills (15 cr.)

  • English &101 (5 cr.)
  • English 103 or 104 (5 cr.)
  • Communication Studies &220 (5 cr.)

2. Quantitative Skills (5 cr.)

  • Mathematics &107

3. Physical Education (3 cr)

  • Physical Education 100 (1 cr.)
  • Activities Courses-exclude PE 200, 204 and 205 (2 cr.)

NOTE: Three credits of PE count toward distribution. A maximum of six additional credits may be used toward "gray area" elective credit.

4. Integrative Learning Experiences

Integrative learning experiences include Learning Communities and Integrative Experiences.

A Learning Community (LC) is the integrated combination of two or more courses from different areas of inquiry (e.g. sociology and literature, or physics and math, or speech and economics, or composition and philosophy). Learning Communities are indicated in the course schedule.

  • One Learning Community  is required

NOTE: Learning Communities specifically designed for this degree may be offered; consult your advisor for information.

5. Diversity Requirement

At least one Diversity Intensive course is required. Students should use the SVC online quarterly class schedule search or consult with their faculty advisor or counselor to identify courses that fulfill this requirement.

6. Distribution Requirements (25 cr.)

Select credits from three areas of study: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities. These courses may also satisfy Interdisciplinary course requirements.

Areas of Study
A. Natural Sciences (5 cr.)
  • Astronomy &101*
  • Biology &100* or &211*, 105*, 133*, &212*, &213*
  • Earth Science 102*, 111*
  • Geology &101*, &110*,& 208*
  • Natural Science 100*
  • Oceanography &101*
B. Social Sciences (8 cr.)
  • Early Childhood Education &105 or Education &202
  • Psychology &100 or &200
C. Humanities (10 cr.)

Select courses from the AA-DTA degree Humanities distribution from at least two disciplines. No more than 5 credits may be applied in world languages at the 100 level. No more than 5 cr. may be applied in performance/skill studio courses (*indicates studio courses).

7. Required Early Childhood Education Courses (50 cr.)

  • Early Childhood Education &107, &120, &132, &139, &160, &180, &190, 201, 202, 211, 233
  • Education &115, &130, &150, &203, 246
  • May substitute other ECED or EDUC classes for above with prior department chair approval.