2011-2012 Catalog 
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2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education - Associate of Applied Science-T Degree

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See program requirement sheet. 

This Associate in Applied Science-T (AAS-T) in Early Childhood Education is a professional technical degree with a core of general education courses commonly accepted in university level transfer programs. The degree is designed to prepare graduates to enter into employment in early childhood (infancy to prekindergarten) program settings, but also provide some transferable credits should a student pursue a four-year degree at a later point.

Students seeking to transfer to degree programs other than those specifically designed for the AAS-T should consider the Associate of Arts Degree, which is specifically designed for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. All students who intend to transfer should meet with an adviser of the college they plan to transfer to review specific admission requirements.

Credit/Grade Requirements The AAS-T degree is awarded upon completion of 90 credits of General Education Requirements, Distribution Requirements, and Early Childhood Education Requirements outlined on the program requirement sheet. Students must earn at least 30 college-level (100 level or above) credits at Edmonds Community College. Students are required to maintain a cumulative minimum grade point of 2.0 for all applicable course work to complete the Associate in Applied Science-T degree.

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning degrees and certificates of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by completing courses marked as “CD” on the requirement sheet and/or “Meets Cultural Diversity Requirement” in the quarterly class schedule. Those courses may also be used to fulfill other requirements of the degree or certificate.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Forms are available online or at Enrollment Services located in Lynnwood Hall.

Students are advised to:

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year,
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning, and
  • Communicate with a faculty adviser.
Connie Schatz cschatz@edcc.edu | 425.640.1612
Department website www.edcc.edu/ece
College Resources:  
Edmonds CC website www.edcc.edu
How to enroll www.edcc.edu/es
Transfer center www.edcc.edu/transfer
Advising appointments 425.640.1458
College bookstore www.edcc.edu/bookstore

Note: This requirement planning sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds Community College degree or certificate is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

PGM Code – 402U
Effective summer 2011 | Rev: 02/11


l. General Education Requirements (10 credits):

Quantitative or Symbolic Reasoning

II. Distribution Requirements – Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences (15 credits):

Humanities (5 credits):

Social Sciences (5 credits):

Natural Sciences (5 credits):

III. Program Requirements (61 credits):

IV. Elective Courses (4 credits):

 Work with an adviser to select your electives.

Degree Outcomes

The overall outcome of the Edmonds Community College Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is intended to prepare early childhood professionals who are able to teach young children and work with their parents through interaction in a reflective and problem-solving manner.

Students will document understanding and performance of the below stated learning outcomes on individualized levels in a continuum of professional learning. This is demonstrated through the knowledge and skills provided in the ECE Certificate and the higher levels of mastery obtained in the ECE ATA Degree and the ECE AAS-T Degree. The certificate and degrees prepare students for different employment opportunities.

Students pursuing a certificate or degree in Early Childhood Education are expected to demonstrate their abilities in the following areas*:

  • Document a foundational knowledge of how the role as a child development specialist will influence and be applied as a teacher of young children, citing specific teaching approaches, strategies, rationale for decision making, and tools for early education.
  • Document the ability to articulate a personal definition of the role of the early childhood teacher and a professional philosophy with defined strategies and identified bodies of knowledge that optimally support and encourage children’s growth and development.
  • Document evidence of professionally defined dispositions that will support reflective thought and the use of reflective thought to guide selection of teaching strategies, methods of interactions, and curriculum decisions.
  • Document and demonstrate understanding of professionally defined characteristics, standards, practices, and teaching strategies of effective early childhood teachers.
  • Document the skills and knowledge to plan a curriculum and classroom program that is based upon observational data, professionally defined standards, current research findings, and theories of learning during the early childhood stage of development.

*Specific identification of how individual courses support identified program-wide student learning outcomes is addressed in each course syllabus.

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