Early Childhood Education

Help guide the next generation

Early Childhood Education

Help guide the next generation

Early Childhood Education

Help guide the next generation

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

This program prepares students for positions working with young children and families in a variety of early care and education settings. Courses meet the criteria addressed in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation.

Degree Paths

Early Childhood Education, AAS
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Education, A.Ed.
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Education, AAS-T
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Certificate Options

Administration Certificate
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Early Childhood Education Certificate
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Early Childhood Education Individual Technical Certificate
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ECED Initial Micro-Certificate
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Family Child Care Certificate
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Infant/Toddler Care Certificate
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School Age Care Certificate
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State Early Childhood Education Certificate
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Program Courses

Courses List
ECED 101 - Child Abuse and Neglect

ECED 101 - Child Abuse and Neglect

(2)
Overview of the legal requirements, professional responsibilities and local laws and policies regarding child abuse and neglect. Reviews symptoms and remediation/intervention/prevention techniques. None

ECED 108 - Bridges Module I

ECED 108 - Bridges Module I

(1)
Teaching strategies and guidance techniques for individual and groups of children to prevent behavior problems, assist in solving problems, and promote the development of effective social skills. ECED 108, 109, and 110 combined are equivalent to EDUC& 130. Prerequisite: Must take ECED 108, 109 and 110 to equal EDUC& 130.

ECED 109 - Bridges Module II

ECED 109 - Bridges Module II

(1)
Teaching strategies and guidance techniques for individual and groups of children to prevent behavior problems, assist in solving problems, and promote the development of effective social skills. ECED 108, 109, and 110 combined are equivalent to ECED& 130 Prerequisite: Must take ECED 108, 109 and 110 to equal EDUC& 130.

ECED 110 - Bridges Module III

ECED 110 - Bridges Module III

(1)
Teaching strategies and guidance techniques for individual and groups of children to prevent behavior problems, assist in solving problems, and promote the development of effective social skills. ECED 108, 1079, and 110 combined are equivalent to ECED& 130. Prerequisite: Must take ECED 108, 109 and 110 to equal EDUC& 130

ECED 140 - Issues and Trends in Education

ECED 140 - Issues and Trends in Education

(3)
Review and discussion of current issues and special topics regarding school, community, and home relationships affecting education. None

ECED 161 - Bridges Module I

ECED 161 - Bridges Module I

(1)
Focuses on the significance of childhood from birth to age three. Emphasis on caring relationships and early learning. Examines the range of typical and atypical development. Develop skills in noticing and responding to infant/toddler cues, forming partnerships with parents, designing culturally relevant and inclusive environments, encouraging sensory motor exploration, and nurturing play and social and emotional development. ECED 161, 162, and 163 combined are equivalent to ECED& 132. Prerequisite: Must take ECED 161, 162 and 163 to equal ECED& 132

ECED 162 - Bridges Module II

ECED 162 - Bridges Module II

(1)
Focuses on the significance of childhood from birth to age three. Emphasis on caring relationships and early learning. Examines the range of typical and atypical development. Develop skills in noticing and responding to infant/toddler cues, forming partnerships with parents, designing culturally relevant and inclusive environments, encouraging sensory motor exploration, and nurturing play and social and emotional development. ECED 161, 162, and 163 combined are equivalent to ECED& 132. Prerequisite: Must take ECED 161, 162 and 163 to equal ECED& 132.

ECED 163 - Bridges Module III

ECED 163 - Bridges Module III

(1)
Focuses on the significance of childhood from birth to age three. Emphasis on caring relationships and early learning. Examines the range of typical and atypical development. Develop skills in noticing and responding to infant/toddler cues, forming partnerships with parents, designing culturally relevant and inclusive environments, encouraging sensory motor exploration, and nurturing play and social and emotional development. ECED 161, 162, and 163 combined are equivalent to ECED& 132. Prerequisite: Must take ECED 161, 162 and 163 to equal ECED& 132.

ECED 199 - Cooperative Education

ECED 199 - Cooperative Education

(1-15)
Supervised work experience in the field. Includes a weekly seminar. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

ECED 201 - Art, Music, and Movement for Children

ECED 201 - Art, Music, and Movement for Children

(4)
Practical ways to plan, select and prepare art, music and movement experiences for young children (birth to 8 years). Creative materials, activities and environments explored through a variety of curriculum methods and approaches. Includes weekly two-hour off-campus experience. Prerequisite: EDUC& 115 and/or department chair approval.

ECED 202 - Math, Science & Social Learning for Children

ECED 202 - Math, Science & Social Learning for Children

(4)
Focuses on math, science and social understanding curriculum for children birth to 8 years. Explores the process of planning, selecting and preparing materials and experiences for young children. Includes weekly two-hour off-campus observations. Prerequisite: EDUC& 115 and/or department chair approval.

ECED 203 - Essentials of Child Development Associate Credential (CDA): Health & Safety

ECED 203 - Essentials of Child Development Associate Credential (CDA): Health & Safety

(3)
The first of three courses in preparation for the Child Development Associates Credential (CDA). Examines how to establish and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for young children. None

ECED 204 - Essentials of Child Development Associate Credential (CDA): Child Development

ECED 204 - Essentials of Child Development Associate Credential (CDA): Child Development

(3)
Continuation of ECED 203. Examines positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development and intellectual competence. Topics include communication, creativity, self-esteem, social and cognitive development. Explores typical and atypical development patterns for young children. Prerequisite: ECED 203 or instructor permission.

ECED 205 - Essentials of CDA: Working with Families, Program Management and Ethics.

ECED 205 - Essentials of CDA: Working with Families, Program Management and Ethics.

(3)
Continuation of ECED 203 and 204. Examines working with families, program management and professionalism. Prerequisite: ECED 203 and 204 or instructor permission.

ECED 206 - Essentials of the Child Development Associates Credential (CDA): Resource File

ECED 206 - Essentials of the Child Development Associates Credential (CDA): Resource File

(3)
Child Development Associates (CDA) resource file documentation of the required skills and knowledge to become a professional teacher of young children. Students who have completed the educational requirements for the CDA will be provided with information to help them apply, understand, define, and clarify the requirements established by the CDA National Credentialing program for center or home based settings. May be taken in conjunction with one of the other CDA courses. Prerequisite: ECED 203 or 204 or 205 or instructor permission.

ECED 211 - Diversity in Education: D

ECED 211 - Diversity in Education: D

(3)
Overview of diversity in education including culture, ethnicity, family structure, socio-economics and educational philosophy. None

ECED 223 - Practicum Seminar

ECED 223 - Practicum Seminar

(1)
Discussion and critical analysis of student experiences in their various practicum placements. Attend a weekly seminar. Topics include program planning, classroom management, and parent contact. Prerequisite: ECED 201 or department chair approval.

ECED 241 - Bridges Module I

ECED 241 - Bridges Module I

(1)
Administration and management of early childhood education and child care programs in both the public and private sector. ECED 241, 242, and 243 combined are equivalent to ECED& 139. Prerequisite: Must take ECED 241, 242, and 243 to equal ECED& 139.

ECED 242 - Bridges Module II

ECED 242 - Bridges Module II

(1)
Administration and management of early childhood education and child care programs in both the public and private sector. ECED 241, 242, and 243 combined are equivalent to ECED& 139. Prerequisite: Must take ECED 241, 242, and 243 to equal ECED& 139.

ECED 243 - Bridges Module III

ECED 243 - Bridges Module III

(1)
Administration and management of early childhood education and child care programs in both the public and private sector. ECED 241, 242, and 243 combined are equivalent to ECED& 139. Prerequisite: Must take ECED 241, 242, and 243 combined to equal ECED& 139.

ECED& 100 - Child Care Basics

ECED& 100 - Child Care Basics

(3)
Designed to meet licensing requirements for early learning lead teachers and family home child care providers, STARS 30 hour basics course recognized in the MERIT system. Topics: child growth/development, cultural competency, community resources, guidance, health/safety/nutrition and professional practice. Prerequisite: Grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 097, or AESL 098, or appropriate test score.

ECED& 105 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education

ECED& 105 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education

(5)
Social Sciences
Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals, and programs in action. None

ECED& 107 - Health, Safety, and Nutrition

ECED& 107 - Health, Safety, and Nutrition

(5)
Develop knowledge and skills to ensure good health, nutrition, and safety of children in group care and education programs. Recognize the signs of abuse and neglect, responsibilities for mandated reporting, and available community resources. None

ECED& 120 - Nurturing Relationships

ECED& 120 - Nurturing Relationships

(2)
In an early learning setting apply best practice for engaging in nurturing relationships with children. Focus on keeping children healthy and safe while promoting growth and development. Prerequisite: department chair permission.

ECED& 132 - Infants and Toddlers

ECED& 132 - Infants and Toddlers

(3)
Examine the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Study the role of the caregiver, relationships with families, developmentally appropriate practices, nurturing environments for infants and toddlers, and culturally relevant care. None

ECED& 134 - Family Childcare Management

ECED& 134 - Family Childcare Management

(3)
Learn the basics of home/family child care program management. Topics include: licensing requirements; business management; relationship building; health, safety, & nutrition; guiding behavior; and promoting growth & development. None

ECED& 139 - Admin Early Lrng Prog

ECED& 139 - Admin Early Lrng Prog

(3)
Develop administrative skills required to develop, open, operate, manage, and assess early childhood education and care programs. Explore techniques and resources available for Washington State licensing and NAEYC standard compliance. None

ECED& 160 - Curriculum Development

ECED& 160 - Curriculum Development

(5)
Investigate learning theory, program planning, and tools for curriculum development promoting language, fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative skills and growth in young children (birth-age 8). Prerequisite: ECED& 105 and EDUC& 115 or instructor permission.

ECED& 170 - Environments

ECED& 170 - Environments

(3)
Design, evaluate, and improve indoor and outdoor environments which ensure quality learning, nurturing experiences, and optimize the development of young children. None

ECED& 180 - Language and Literacy Development

ECED& 180 - Language and Literacy Development

(3)
Develop teaching strategies for language acquisition and literacy skill development at each developmental stage (birth-age 8) through the four interrelated areas of speaking, listening, writing, and reading. None

ECED& 190 - Observation and Assessment

ECED& 190 - Observation and Assessment

(3)
Collect and record observation of and assessment data in order to plan for and support the child, the family, the group and the community. Practice reflection techniques, summarizing conclusions and communicating findings. Prerequisite: EDUC& 115 or department chair permission.

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Outcomes

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program will be able to:

  • 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 a 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 on 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.
Program Costs

Program cost information available for Certificate Options only

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