Associate in Applied Science

Early Childhood Education AAS

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • IO1 Communication
    Students will be able to communicate clearly and effectively within a workplace context
  • IO2 Quantitative Reasoning
    Students will be able to reason mathematically using methods appropriate to the profession
  • IO3 Human Relations/Workplace Skills
    Establish, implement, evaluate and analyze an early care and education setting (Program Planning and Development)
  • PO4 Describe how children acquire language and creative expression and develop physically, cognitively and socially (Child Growth and Development)
  • PO5 Establish an environment that provides learning experiences to meet children’s needs, abilities and interests (Curriculum and Learning Environment)
  • PO6 Observe and assess what children know and can do in order to plan and provide curriculum that meets their developmental needs (Ongoing Measurement of Child Progress)
  • PO7 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 (Families and Community Partnerships)
  • PO8 Establish and maintain an environment that ensures children’s safety, health, and nourishment (Health, Safety, Nutrition)
  • PO9 Establish supportive relationships with children and guide them as individuals and as part of a group (Interactions)
  • PO10 Serve children and families in a professional manner and participate in the community as a representative of early care and education (Professional Development and Leadership)

The coursework in the Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education degree meets Level 3-Steps 8 & 9 on the Career Lattice. Students who complete the AAS in ECE may work with children birth to age eight as in-home or center-based child care providers, administrators, lead or assistant preschool teachers, or Paraeducators in public schools.


Program Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED (if applying for Financial Aid)
  • Pass Washington State Patrol background check
  • Pass a Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families background check (fingerprints may be required)
  • Complete Tuberculin skin test
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption
  • Obtain Washington Education Liability Insurance (if applicable)
  • Maintain an overall 2.0 GPA (if receiving Financial Aid and to earn degree)

The following schedule of courses is the recommended program for completing this degree. See a program advisor for substitute courses.

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