Early Childhood Education

Whether you want to earn a short-term certificate and begin work in a childcare facility or you want to complete an associate or bachelor's degree for a career in teaching, Centralia College has options that work for you.

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Two-year Degree Programs 

The three associate degrees available in Early Childhood Education provide students with the skills and information necessary to compete for jobs in early childhood education or in a school system as a teacher’s aide. Students receive the opportunity to observe early childhood classrooms and practice working with children in the on-campus Children’s Lab School.

Certificate Programs 

The Early Childhood Education Certificate program prepares students to compete for entry-level employment in the child care field. Students explore child development from birth through age eight. Students receive the opportunity to observe early childhood classrooms and practice working with children in the on-campus Children’s Lab School.

Bachelor's Degree Option

Did you know Centralia College offers an applied bachelor's degree in Teacher Education (K-8)? Turn a two-year degree into a bachelor's degree at CC!

Career options

Completion of the Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education prepares students to become teachers in child care centers, family day care homes, cooperative and private preschools, ECEAP, or Head Start.

Looking for Child care or ECEAP Preschool?

Visit the Resources section for information on college resources for children and families, including free ECEAP preschool and the campus child care center (Children's Lab School).

Track 1 - Associate in Applied Science - Transfer Education Plan

Emphasis: Early Childhood Education
Degree: Associate in Applied Science – Transfer
Total Credits: 92

Fall Quarter

  • ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education - 5 credits
  • ECED& 107 Health/Safety/Nutrition - 5 credits
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • ECED& 120 Practicum - Nurturing Relationships - 5 credits
  • EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior - 3 credits
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II - 5 credits
  • EDUC&115 Child Development - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • ECED 181 Language/Literary - 5 credits
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology - 5 credits
  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking - 5 credits

Fall Quarter

  • EDUC& 150 Child/Family/Community - 3 credits
  • HR 110 Human Relations in the Workplace - 5 credits
  • Quantitative Skills Distribution - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 3 credits

Winter Quarter

  • ECED& 170 Environments-Young Child - 3 credits
  • ECED& 190 Observation/Assessment - 3 credits
  • Humanities Distribution - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution- 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • ECED& 160 Curriculum Development - 5 credits
  • ECED 233 ECE Practicum 2 - 5 credits
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology - 5 credits

 

Track 2 - Associate in Applied Science Education Plan

Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Emphasis: Early Childhood Education
Total Credits: 91

Fall Quarter

  • ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education - 5 credits
  • ECED& 107 Health/Safety/Nutrition - 5 credits
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit

Winter Quarter

  • ECED& 120 Practicum - Nurturing Relationships - 5 credits
  • EDUC&115 Child Development - 5 credits
  • EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior - 3 credits
  • BUS 121 Business Math - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • ECED 181 Language/Literary - 5 credits
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution - 5 credits

Fall Quarter

  • EDUC& 132 Infant and Toddler - 3 credits
  • EDUC& 134 Family Child Care OR ECED& 139 Administration of Early Learning Programs - 3 credits
  • EDUC& 150 Child/Family/Community - 3 credits
  • HR 110 Human Relations in the Workplace - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 3 credits

Winter Quarter

  • EDUC& 136 School Age Care - 3 credits
  • ECED& 170 Environments-Young Child - 3 credits
  • ECED& 190 Observation/Assessment - 3 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution- 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • ECED& 160 Curriculum Development - 5 credits
  • ECED 233 ECE Practicum 2 - 5 credits
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology - 5 credits

 

Track 3 - Associate in Arts Education Plan

Degree: Associate in Arts
Emphasis: Early Childhood Education

Fall Quarter

  • ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education - 5 credits
  • EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior - 3 credits
  • EDUC& 150 Child/Family/Communtiy - 3 credits
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits

Winter Quarter 

  • EDUC& 115 Child Development - 5 credits
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • ECED& 160 Curriculum Development - 5 credits
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 5 credits

Fall Quarter

  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Quantitative Skills Distribution - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking - 5 credits
  • ECED& 190 Observation/Assessment - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit

Spring Quarter

  • ECED 181 Language/Literacy - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits

 

Certificate Options

Emphasis: Early Childhood Education
Degree: Initial State Certificate-ECE
Total Credits: 12

Courses

  • ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education - 5 credits
  • ECED& 107 Health/Safety/Nutrition - 5 credits
  • ECED& 120 Practicum-Nurturing Relationships - 2 credits 

Emphasis: Early Childhood Education
Degree: Short State Certificate of Specialization-ECE
Total Credits: 20

Courses

  • ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education - 5 credits
  • ECED& 107 Health/Safety/Nutrition - 5 credits
  • ECED& 120 Practicum-Nurturing Relationships - 2 credits

AND - Choose Courses in One of the Following Groupings: 

Early Childhood Education (General)

  • EDUC& 115 Child Development - 5 credits
  • EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior - 3 credits

Infant and Toddler Care

  • EDUC& 115 Child Development - 5 credits
  • EDUC& 132 Infants/Toddlers Care - 3 credits

School-Age Care

  • EDUC& 115 Child Development - 5 credits
  • EDUC& 136 School-Age Care - 3 credits

Family Child Care

  • EDUC& 115 Child Development - 5 credits
  • ECED& 134 Family Child Care - 3 credits

Administration

  • EDUC& 115 Child Development - 5 credits
  • ECED& 139 Administration of Early Learning Programs - 3 credits

Emphasis: Early Childhood Education
Degree: State Early Childhood Education Certificate
Total Credits: 54

Fall Quarter

  • ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education - 5 credits
  • ECED& 107 Health/Safety/Nutrition - 5 credits
  • ECED& 120 Practicum-Nurturing Relationships - 2 credits
  • EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior OR ECED&132 Infants/Toddlers Care OR ECED& 134 Family Child Care OR ECED& 139 Administration of Early Learning Programs OR EDUC& 136 School Age Care - 3 credits

Winter Quarter

  • ECED& 190 Observation/Assessment - 3 credits
  • EDUC& 115 Child Development - 5 credits
  • EDUC& 150 Child/Family/Community - 3 credits
  • ECED& 170 Environments-Young Child - 3 credits

Spring Quarter

  • BUS 121 Business Math OR BTEC 120 Applied Business Math - 5 credits
  • ECED& 160 Curriculum Development - 5 credits
  • ECED 181 Language/Literacy - 5 credits

Summer or Fall Quarter

  • WRT 105 Writing in the Workplace OR ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits
  • HR 110 Human Relations in the Workplace - 5 credits