Early Childhood Education
Course work in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program combines theory and practical experience for work with young children and their families. Courses include child development, child behavior and guidance, children with special needs, planning early childhood learning environments, planning developmentally appropriate curriculum, and working with families. Practicum courses provide opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge to planning and presenting curriculum, and for working with children and staff in early childhood centers. Successful completion of this program leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Prospective ECE students should be aware of the fact that they will have to complete a background check.
Peninsula College offers several educational options to those who are enrolled in the ECE Program, including:
- A 90 credit Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree.
- A 55 credit certificate in Early Childhood Education.
- A 90 credit Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) Degree in Early Childhood Education.
- A customized transfer degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.
Individuals may earn Short-Term Proficiency Certificates: in Curriculum for Young Children, Infants and Toddlers; Working with School-Agers; and Children with Special Needs.
Individuals who earn a 55 credit certificate in ECE may find opportunities as nannies, family child-care providers, or respite-care providers for children with special needs. Others may become education assistants in preschools.
To earn the Early Childhood Education Certificate, 45 ECE credits from the AAS degree checklist are required, as are 10 credit in General Education (to include ENGL& 101, MATH 063/064 or acceptable placement test score, or MATH above 100, and HUMDV 101 and/or CAT 100 or above).
Graduates with a 90 credit AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education find employment as child-care specialists, curriculum-program managers, or teachers in child-care centers serving infants and children up to age 12. Graduates may also qualify for positions in Head Start/ECEAP as Early Head Start specialists for infants/toddlers, preschool teachers, home visitors, or family educators, and as para-educators in grades K-5. In addition, opportunities are increasing for family-support paraprofessionals in human services and mental health agencies.
The Associate of Arts Transfer Degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education may be used as preparation for full transfer to a university in such related fields as education, speech pathology, child psychology, social services, and human services. You should consult an ECED advisor and the four-year college of your choice to determine transfer requirements.
Professional Technical Program Info at a Glance
Program: Early Childhood Education
Type: Professional Technical Program
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Create and maintain a developmentally appropriate safe, healthy learning environment for children.
- Support the growth, development and diverse individual needs of each child.
- Plan, provide and evaluate developmentally appropriate programming and curriculum to meet diverse group needs.
- Provide support to meet the diverse needs of families and build family partnerships.
- Build community partnerships and advocate for early learning and child care issues.
- Participate in on-going professional development and con- tribute to a professional team environment.
Degree & Certificate Options:
- Early Childhood Education AAS Degree
- Early Childhood Education Certificate
Short-Term Proficiency Certificates:
- Short Early Childhood Education State Certificate
- Short Early Childhood Education State Certificate of Specialization-General
- Short Early Childhood Education State Certificate of Specialization-Infants and Toddlers