Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Wenatchee Valley College - Wenatchee, WA

  • Associate Degree

Early Childhood Education WVC prepares students in the early childhood education (ECE) program for careers that focus on children from birth to five years and their families. This program provides an understanding of a child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. It emphasizes practices that are developmentally appropriate and embrace both family and community. The ECE program is designed to develop skilled professionals who understand and apply the principles of early childhood development to a broad spectrum of careers, advocate the early childhood education profession, and respond to community and workplace needs. Students and community members will also find the courses useful in helping them to become knowledgeable and confident parents. The WVC ECE program has an agreement with Eastern Washington University (EWU) to transfer the associate of applied science-transfer (AAS-T) degree directly into the EWU Bachelor of Arts in Children's Studies program. Students wishing to pursue this pathway should work closely with the program adviser, Nancy Spurgeon, who will help with course choices and the preparations for transfer. For more information, contact her at 509.682.6644. Information about the EWU program can be found at http://www.ewu.edu/CSBSSW/Programs/Childrens-Studies.xml. The early childhood education program at WVC is an evening program, allowing students to complete the certificate of completion in four quarters and associate of technical science (ATS) degree in an additional three quarter for a total of seven quarters. Completion of the AAS-T degree may require online or daytime classes, depending on the quarter a student plans to take them. Please note that computer literacy is important in this career field. To be eligible for a degree or certificate, students must earn at least a "C" grade (2.0) in all ECE core courses and a cumulative 2.0 grade point average. Core program courses may have prerequisite requirements. English and mathematics courses require qualifying assessment scores or acceptable preparatory coursework in those subjects. See the course descriptions for details. Follow these links to Workforce Explorer to see employment information for occupations related to this program: preschool teachers, childcare workers, child advocate. Early Childhood Education (ATS) Students who complete the ATS in Early Childhood Education will be able to: Document foundational competency in the Washington state’s eleven Early Childhood Education Professional Core Competencies. Demonstrate evidence of the ability to plan experiences and provide materials for young children in the four different Early Childhood settings – Infant/toddler program, Family/Home Child Care Program, Preschool Program and a Kindergarten,1st, 2nd or 3rd grade classroom. Identify and use credible professional resources from multiple sources, allowing them to better serve children and families with a wide range of cultures, languages, needs and abilities. Acquire training and education to seek employment or advance in current employment in the field of Early Childhood Education. Develop a foundation to continue their studies in Early Childhood Education. Early Childhood Education (Cert) Students who complete the Early Childhood Education Certificate will be able to: Understand the importance of each content area in young children’s learning. Know the essential concepts and structure of content areas, including academic subjects. Use their understanding of young children’s characteristics, needs and developmental growth to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children. Acquire training and education to seek employment or advance in current employment in the field of Early Childhood. Develop a foundation to continue their studies in Early Childhood Education. Contact Information Early Childhood Education faculty contact information Professional Technical Programs Office 509.682.6600

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