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Early Childhood Education
Associate in Applied Science - Transfer Degree


The Early Childhood AAS-T degree provides both the necessary critical content to compete for immediate employability in early care and education and the general education coursework necessary for transfer to a bachelor's degree program. Some your-year institutions accept this AAS-T. Students are responsible for knowing the transfer and admission requirements of the receiving institution. Students should check with their advisor at Centralia College and a representative from the college they plan to attend. With four additional classes, this degree will transfer to any four-year institution.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how children differ in their development and approaches to learning and to use this knowledge to provide opportunities that support the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of all young children from birth through age eight.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use theory, research and foundations of education when planning and implementing Early Child Education programs.
  3. Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and teaching practices based on knowledge of individual children, the community and the curriculum goals and content.
  4. Use individual and group guidance and problem-solving techniques to develop positive and supportive relationships with children and develop personal self -control, self-motivation and positive self-esteem.
  5. Establish and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with families.
  6. Articulate a philosophy and rationale for decisions while continually assessing and evaluating the effects of their choices and actions on others.
  7. Serve as an advocate on behalf of young children and their families, programs for young children and the working environment for early childhood educators.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the early childhood profession and a commitment to professionalism.
  9. Demonstrate competence in managing human, fiscal, and spatial resources while meeting the health and safety needs of children and adults.
  10. Model global awareness and respect for the cultural diversity of children.
  11. Examine, discuss, evaluate and critique various issues and trends in Early Childhood Education.
  12. Identify and explain the major historic events and theoretical perspectives of Early Childhood Education.

Recommended Course Schedule

Fall Quarter, First Year

ECED& 105 Intro Early Child Ed 5
ECED& 120 Practicum-Nurturing Rel 2
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
  Total Credits 15

Winter Quarter, First Year

EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
ENGL& 102 Composition II (C) 5
Science Distribution (S) 5
  Total Credits 15

Spring Quarter, First Year

ECED 181 Language and Literacy Development 5
SOC& 101 Intro to Sociology (SS) 5
SPEE 110 Principles of Speech Communication (H) 5
  Total Credits 15

Fall Quarter, Second Year

EDUC& 150 Child/Family/Community 3
HR 110 Human Relations-Workplace 5
Quantitative Skill Distribution (M) 5
Health & Fitness Distribution Requirement 3
  Total Credits 16

Winter Quarter, Second Year

ECED& 107 Health/Safety/Nutrition 5
ECED& 170 Environments 3
ECED& 190 Observation/Assessment 3
Humanities Distribution Requirement (H) 5
  Total Credits 16

Spring Quarter, Second Year

ECED& 160 Curriculum Development 5
ECED 233 ECE Practicum II 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology (SS) 5
  Total Credits 15