Academic Catalog

Early Care & Education AAT and AAS-T Degrees

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 8-10 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
COMPASS score of 68 in reading and 33 in writing, or successful completion of ENG 082.

Prepares students for careers in the Early Care & Education field as child care directors, teachers, leads and assistant child care providers.

To obtain the degree, a student must complete the required courses and elective credits. Students participate in practicum experiences at the Hayes Child Development Center on the Lakewood campus or in an approved local child care center.

Students will complete four practicum experiences. The fourth practicum will be in an area of the student’s choice: Leadership in ECE, Child Development – Infant/Toddler, Child Development – Preschool, Child Development – School Age, Family Childcare Professional, or Special Needs. Degree candidates may petition for credits based on possession of a current CDA credential.

Students are required to develop a program portfolio to be completed and presented prior to graduation.

All courses must be completed with a minimum of a C grade to graduate. The Foundation Certificate and Specialist Certificate are embedded in the degree program, so the student may earn stepping-stone credentials on their way to completing an associate degree.

Proficiency in reading, writing, and an understanding of the English language is required. ENGL& 101 must be completed by the end of the fourth quarter. Students are required to take the COMPASS test before entry into the program and must meet with an ECE faculty advisor. All degree students must fulfill portfolio requirements, which must be completed by the time of graduation from the program.

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two degree options in this program are the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) or the Associate in Applied Science - T (AAS-T). The different requirements for each degree are listed below.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

Employability Requirements: To become a licensed child care provider in Washington, you must participate in a Department of Early Learning (DEL) licensing orientation and apply for and receive licensure. State law requires DEL to run background checks on anyone who is authorized to care for or has unsupervised access to children in licensed child care facilities.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
ECE 120Interpersonal Skills for the ECE Professional2
ECE 141ECE Curriculum: Math2
ECE 142ECE Curriculum: Science & Technology2
ECE 230Inclusion in ECE3
ECE 245DIVDiversity Awareness & Curriculum Development3
ECE 290CAPPortfolio Adventure2
ECED& 100Child Care Basics (STARS)3
ECED& 105Introduction to Early Childhood Education5
ECED& 107Health, Nutrition and Safety5
ECED& 132Infants & Toddlers — Nurturing Care5
ECED& 160Curriculum Development5
ECED& 170Environments for Young Children3
ECED& 180Language and Literacy Development3
ECED& 190Observation and Assessment3
ECS 110CLComputer Essentials for the ECE Professional4
ECS 160Music/Movement & Creativity: Creative Art Curriculum5
ECS 181ECE Practicum I5
ECS 182ECE Practicum II5
ECS 183ECE Practicum III5
ECS 235Issues & Trends2
ECS 277Professionalism & Ethics2
ECS 292Theories of Child Development3
EDUC& 115Child Development5
EDUC& 130Guiding Behavior3
EDUC& 150Child, Family and Community3
ECE Practicum IV Elective3
ECE Electives6
 Technical Credits97

Interpersonal Skills for the ECE Professional

Item #
ECE 120
Total Credits
2

Covers human relations roles and workplace skills. Discusses balancing individual technical skills with human relations and competencies. 

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ECE Curriculum: Math

Item #
ECE 141
Total Credits
2

Explore the different aspects of early childhood curriculum in mathematics. 

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ECE Curriculum: Science & Technology

Item #
ECE 142
Total Credits
2

Explore the different aspects of early childhood curriculum in science and technology. 

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Inclusion in ECE

Item #
ECE 230
Total Credits
3

Introduction to including children with special needs in the ECE field. 

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Diversity Awareness & Curriculum Development

Item #
ECE 245DIV
Total Credits
3

Exploring our own cultural awareness supports our work with diverse populations and is paramount to planning for and interacting with young children and their families. In this course, you will explore the various aspects of bias to develop strategies and an anti-bias approach within the early childhood curriculum. 

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Portfolio Adventure

Item #
ECE 290CAP
Total Credits
2

Provides the student with the opportunity to compile their Early Care and Education degree portfolio. The portfolio adventure is an opportunity for the student to establish self-marketing goals in the field and to produce an end product that reflects the student’s best practice, passion, and experience to date in the program and field. Students will receive instructor guidance and feedback and will participate in the ECE portfolio review process prior to graduation. 

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Child Care Basics (STARS)

Item #
ECED& 100
Total Credits
3

Designed to meet licensing requirements for early learning teachers and family home child care providers, the STARS 30-hour basics course is recognized in the MERIT system. Topics include child growth/development, cultural competency, community resources, guidance, health/safety/nutrition and professional practice.

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Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Item #
ECED& 105
Total Credits
5

Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices and program models. Observe children, professionals and programs in action.

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Health, Nutrition and Safety

Item #
ECED& 107
Total Credits
5

Develop knowledge and skills to ensure good health, nutrition and safety of children in group care and education programs. Recognize the signs of abuse and neglect, responsibilities for mandated reporting, and available community resources.

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Infants & Toddlers — Nurturing Care

Item #
ECED& 132
Total Credits
5

Examine the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Study the role of the caregiver, relationships with families, developmentally appropriate practices, nurturing environments for infants and toddlers and culturally relevant care.

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Curriculum Development

Item #
ECED& 160
Total Credits
5

Investigate learning theory, program planning, and tools for curriculum development promoting language; fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative skills; and growth in young children.

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Environments for Young Children

Item #
ECED& 170
Total Credits
3

Design, evaluate and improve indoor and outdoor environments that ensure quality learning and nurturing experiences and optimize the development of young children.

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Language and Literacy Development

Item #
ECED& 180
Total Credits
3

Develop teaching strategies for language acquisition and literacy skill development at each developmental stage (birth through age 8) through the four interrelated areas of speaking, listening, writing and reading.

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Observation and Assessment

Item #
ECED& 190
Total Credits
3

Collect and record observation and assessment data in order to plan for and support the child, the family, the group and the community. Practice reflection techniques, summarizing conclusions and communicating findings.

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Computer Essentials for the ECE Professional

Item #
ECS 110CL
Total Credits
4

Covers the essential computer tools and techniques necessary for the ECE professional. Covers designing forms, parent newsletters, fliers, brochures and other materials needed to smoothly run a child care center. 

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Music/Movement & Creativity: Creative Art Curriculum

Item #
ECS 160
Total Credits
5

Explore the different aspects of the early childhood curriculum in creative art, music, movement and creativity. 

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ECE Practicum I

Item #
ECS 181
Total Credits
5

Provides students with practical field experience. Students will work at community child care centers or the Hayes Child Development Center on the Lakewood Campus, allowing them to apply classroom study to on-the-job situations. Includes a scheduled seminar. 

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ECE Practicum II

Item #
ECS 182
Total Credits
5

Provides students with practical field experience. Students will work at community child care centers or the Hayes Child Development Center on the Lakewood campus, allowing them to apply classroom study to on-the-job situations. Includes a scheduled seminar. 

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ECE Practicum III

Item #
ECS 183
Total Credits
5

Provides students with practical field experience. Students will work at community child care centers or the Hayes Child Development Center on the Lakewood campus, allowing them to apply classroom study to on-the-job situations. Includes a scheduled seminar. 

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Issues & Trends

Item #
ECS 235
Total Credits
2

Research that covers some of the current issues and trends in the ECE field. 

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Professionalism & Ethics

Item #
ECS 277
Total Credits
2

Examines NAEYC’s Code of Ethical Conduct. Includes determining an Early Childhood professional’s responsibilities to children, families, colleagues, and the community, using frameworks for ethical decision-making and exploration of personal and professional growth. 

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Theories of Child Development

Item #
ECS 292
Total Credits
3

Exploration of child development theories and their application to the education of young children. 

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Child Development

Item #
EDUC& 115
Total Credits
5

Build a functional understanding of the foundation of child development, prenatal to early adolescence. Observe and document physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of children, reflective of cross-cultural and global perspectives.

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Guiding Behavior

Item #
EDUC& 130
Total Credits
3

Examine the principles and theories promoting social competence in young children and creating safe learning environments. Develop skills promoting effective interactions, providing positive individual guidance and enhancing group experiences. 

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Child, Family and Community

Item #
EDUC& 150
Total Credits
3

Students working with children ages birth through school age and their families will learn how to integrate the family and community contexts in which a child develops. The students will learn how to explore cultures and demographics of families in society, community resources, strategies for involving families in the education of their child and tools for effective communication.

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ECE Practicum IV Elective

Total Credits
3
Students must choose one of the following Practicum IV courses.
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ECE Electives

Total Credits
6
Students must complete a minimum of 6 elective credits from the following list.
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AAT Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements97
AAT General Education Requirements15
 Total Credits112

AAT General Education Requirements

Total Credits
15
To receive an AAT degree students must meet the following requirements
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AAS-T Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements97
AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements20
 Total Credits117

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

Total Credits
20
All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:
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This page was last updated on July 23, 2015.