Early Childhood Education (AAS)

Academic Plans, known as programs, include a overview description and a summary of program requirements. You can search the online catalog via the the Academic Plan links on the right for a desired program or a specific course information. 

General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
ENGL&101ENGLISH COMPOSITION I5
Course Options1
Health & Physical Education
Course Options3
Computational Skills
Select one from the following:5
APPLIED ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA (5 credits/units)
Human Relations
EDUC&150CHILD/FAMILY/COMMUNITY3
Humanities
Course Options3
Social Sciences
Course Options3
Natural Sciences
ENVS 109INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE5
Major Area Requirements
ECE  102SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN3
ECE  116LITERATURE AND STORYTELLING FOR CHILDREN2
ECE  133REFLECTIVE PRACTICES IN EARLY LEARNING3
ECE  135PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAMILIES IN EARLY CARE & E3
ECE  199
ECE  215
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
and EARLY CHILDHOOD SEMINAR 1
5
ECE  211
ECE  212
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN II
and LEARNING EXP FOR YOUNG CHILDREN II LAB 1
6
ECE  213
ECE  214
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN III
and LEARNING EXP FOR YOUNG CHILDREN III LAB 1
6
ECED&105
ECED&120
INTRO EARLY CHILD ED
and PRACTICUM-NURTURING REL 1
7
ECED&107HEALTH/NUTRITION/SAFETY5
ECED&160CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT5
ECED&170ENVIRONMENTS-YOUNG CHILD3
ECED&180LANG/LITERACY DEVELOP3
ECED&190OBSERVATION/ASSESSMENT3
EDUC&115CHILD DEVELOPMENT5
EDUC&130GUIDING BEHAVIOR3
EDUC&203EXCEPTIONAL CHILD3
Additional Major Area Requirements
ECED&132INFANTS/TODDLERS CARE3
or EDUC&136 SCHOOL AGE CARE
Total Credits/Units96

The course of study in Early Childhood Education conforms to the following:

  • Guidelines for preparation of early childhood professionals; Washington State Skill Standards; and
  • Early childhood education professional competencies.

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Promoting Child Development and Learning: Students will apply developmental knowledge to create learning environments and meaningful activities.
  • Building Family and Community Relationships: Students will recognize, support and partner with families and communities in learning environments and with meaningful activities.
  • Observing, Documenting and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families: Students will apply the process of observation to diverse, and appropriate assessments of children.
  • Teaching and Learning: Students will apply developmentally appropriate practices when implementing meaningful curriculum in the classroom.
  • Becoming a Professional: Students will apply professional standards and frameworks in early learning classrooms.
  • Power, Privilege and Inequity: Students will analyze and evaluate their awareness of equity pedagogy and create strategies for implementing cultural competence in their work with children and their families.