Early Childhood Education

This program prepares students for the care and early education of young children. They will study how to design a curriculum, create positive learning environments, provide developmentally appropriate activities, and respect and accommodate cultural differences. Students must complete an internship at a childcare center as part of the program.


Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring


Certificate of Completion: 
1-5 Quarters
12-65 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
6 Quarters
90 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
6 Quarters
95-110 Credits
Bachelor of Applied Science: 
N/A
N/A

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
$28,100
Projected Growth: 
17%
Annual Job Openings: 
19,940

These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit careerinfo.net

Tuition

At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.

Scholarships

The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.


All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday, Evenings

Face-to-Face, Online, Hybrid


Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Beatrice Favre, Kyra Stenslie


Entry Requirements

There are no admission requirements for this program. However, students must be able to pass the Washington State Patrol Criminal Background Check within 30 days of enrolling in the program.


Course Information

ECE Initial Certificate

Course # Course Title Credits
ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health, Safety and Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum – Nurturing Relationships 2
  Total for ECE Initial Certificate 12

ECE Short Certificate

Course # Course Title Credits
ECE Initial Certificate requirements   12
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior or  
ECED& 132 Infant Toddler Care 3
  Total for ECE Short Certificate 20

ECE State Certificate

Course # Course Title Credits
ECE Short Certificate requirements   20
ECED& 160 Curriculum Development I 5
ECED& 170 Learning Environments 3
ECED& 180 Language and Literacy Development 3
ECED& 190 Observation and Assessment 3
EDUC& 150 Child, Family and Community 3
AMATH 175 Applied Mathematics for Business and Industry or  
AMATH 190 Financial Algebra 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
  Total for ECE State Certificate 47

Certificate of Completion

Course # Course Title Credits
ECE State Certificate requirements   47
COL 101 College Success 2
ECC 120 Culture and Diversity 3
ECC 192 Practicum II 4
ECC 193 Practicum III 4
ECC 202 Technology for Teachers 2
EDUC& 203 Exceptional Child 3
  Total for Certificate of Completion 65

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Course # Course Title Credits
Certificate of Completion requirements   65
ECC 185 Curriculum Development II 5
ECC 250 Early Childhood Capstone 5
ECC 290 Practicum IV – Implementing DAP 5
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5
  Total for AAS Degree 90

Associate of Applied Science-Transfer Degree

Course # Course Title Credits
Certificate of Completion requirements   65
ECC 185 Curriculum Development II 5
ECC 250 Early Childhood Capstone 5
ECC 290 Practicum IV - Implementing DAP 5
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
MATH& 107 Math in Society 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5
     
Optional Recommended Courses for AAS-T Degree:    
MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation 5
NUTR& 101 Human Nutrition 5
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
  Total for AAS-T Degree 95-110

Not all classes are offered every quarter. Transfer credits and requests to substitute general education courses must be approved by the program Dean.


Program Outcomes

  • Create a nurturing, caring and culturally responsive learning environment for all children.
  • Develop and implement age appropriate programs that meet individual and group needs.
  • Promote positive relationships with children and families valuing diversity.
  • Apply health and safety standards.
  • Demonstrate positive work ethic and professionalism.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills relevant for professionals in early childhood education.

Accreditation

This program meets the Washington State Licensing Requirements for program supervisors, teachers and/or directors.

Questions?

Fill out the form below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.