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Early Childhood Education prepares students to enter the childcare and early learning field as highly skilled caregivers or early learning professionals who can immediately contribute to the development and growth of a child. The Early Childhood Education curriculum promotes high quality learning and play in early care and educational settings. Opportunities for the ongoing professional development of caregivers is also included. Students have the opportunity to apply newly acquired skills and knowledge through participation in cooperative work experiences. Certified teachers may apply specific courses towards continuing education credits. In an effort to accommodate currently employed students, Early Childhood Education courses are generally offered in late afternoon or evenings. Program curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional early learning professionals.

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SAMANTHA BOWEN

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Walla Walla Campus
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362


CAROL BENNETT

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Clarkston Campus
1470 Bridge Street
Clarkston, WA 99403


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Mission

The mission of the Early Childhood Education program is to provide educational and training opportunities to a diverse population of students who plan to work with children and their families in programs providing care and early education.

Program Outcomes

  • Provide students with the highest level of instruction in the knowledge and skills required in the field of early childhood education.
  • Attract, retain and graduate competent students into the early childhood education profession.
  • Keep programs current with industry standards by involving community stakeholders in curriculum development and verification of student outcomes.
  • Articulate the Early Childhood Education program with regional high schools and universities.
  • Educate and graduate students who possess the knowledge and skills required to succeed in early childhood careers or studies at the university level.

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Early Childhood Education upon completion of the two-year program of study. This degree allows graduates to enter the workforce. A certificate in Early Childhood Education is available upon completion of one year of the program.

An Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree in Early Childhood Education is also offered for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Students may earn an Associate of Arts in Elementary Education (DTA) upon completion of a two-year program. This degree transfers to four-year university programs in Elementary Education. This degree also allows students to work as education paraprofessionals in the K-12 school system.