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Why Choose WWCC for Early Childhood Education?

If you want to play a positive role in young children’s lives, Early Childhood Education is a great fit. This program will help prepare you to work in child care and early learning settings. Through both classroom learning and on-the-job experience, you’ll discover how kids develop from birth through age 8. And you’ll learn how to create nurturing spaces for them to grow in. Whether you’re just starting out or going back to school to advance your skills, you’ll find this program flexible and fun.

Careers in Early Childhood Education

Help Young Minds Thrive

For people who love kids, a career in Early Childhood Education can be truly worthwhile. Many parents today work outside the home. So good child care is always in demand. You could start your own business or find a great job at child care center. In preschools, teacher assistants are needed to help around the classroom and keep students safe in the cafeteria and on the playground. Or you could become a preschool teacher. You’d get to create lessons, keep an eye on kids’ progress, and work closely with parents. For a life helping to shape little minds, think about a career in Early Childhood Education.

Certificates & Degrees in Early Childhood Education

On the way to your associate degree, you’ll complete three stackable certificates: the Initial, Short and Early Childhood Education Certificates. Once you earn your degree, you can go right to work in a child care setting. Or you could transfer to a four-year college for your bachelor’s degree.

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Early Childhood Education Program Details

Entrance Requirements

Students may begin their study in the ECE programs in any quarter. In order to start this program, the placement process must be completed through the Testing Center. Visit for more information. WSP criminal background check is required to enroll in the program. READ 088 is the minimum level recommended to enroll in ECE courses above 100 level and is required at degree completion. Some courses require permission of the faculty advisor to enroll.

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.

Scholarship Opportunities

At WWCC, we’ll help you find scholarships that may be open to you. Scholarships provide money for school that you don’t have to pay back. They can be used for things like tuition, books, tools and fees. They come from sources like the WWCC Foundation, local businesses and private funds. Some

WWCC programs also have scholarships for students working toward a certain certificate or degree. You might qualify based on good grades, financial need or the potential to benefit from school. The bottom line: You have options. We’ll help you explore them at WWCC.

Paying for Your Degree

There are lots of ways to pay for college. We will work with you to find the right mix of support so that you can go after your dreams. Talk with us to learn more about:

  • Work study — work part-time on campus while you earn your degree.
  • Emergency funds — for students who are struggling to make ends meet.

You can go to college. Start exploring your options today.

Other Information

Early Childhood Education coursework is typically offered in late afternoon, evenings and on weekends to accommodate students who are working. WAOL courses are available every quarter.

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Shared Course (WAOL) Written Arrangement

Early Childhood Education (ECE) has a written arrangement with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to offer shared courses for this program across the community and technical college system. The method of delivery for these courses is online and students will not incur any additional costs for enrolling in this coursework (other than typical tuition and fees). Students enrolled through an individual college in a class managed by SBCTC Educational Technology will be subject to and protected by the policies and procedures of WWCC.

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