Early Childhood Education Degrees and Certificates

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The Early Childhood Education ECE program has several pathways to support certificate and/or degree completion. Most classes are held in the late afternoons, evenings and online to allow individuals to work and attend classes. Program outcomes are aligned with the Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Educational Professionals.

Annual ECE Course Schedule

Students can start with the State Initial Certificate (12 credits) and work toward a State Short Certificate of Specialization-Infants and Toddlers and/or a State Short Certificate of Specialization-General (20 credits). These credits apply toward the State Early Childhood Education Certificate (52 credits) and the Associate in Applied Science degree.


Associate in Applied Science (AAS) – Early Childhood Education 

The Associate in Applied Science in ECE degree is designed to prepare students to work with children ages birth to eight as in-home or center-based child care providers, preschool teachers or assistants, child care administrators or paraeducators in professional settings.  This degree is intended for students interested in transferring to Washington State University.

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Each of the certificates below may be earned individually or while students progress to the completion of the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Early Childhood Education.  For individual certificate requirements see the model below.

  • State Early Childhood Education Certificate – Early Childhood Education (52 credits)
  • State Short Certificate of Specialization – Infants and Toddlers Care (20 credits)
  • Short Certificate of Specialization – General (20 credits)
  • State Initial Certificate (12 credits)

Stackable Certificate Model 

Aside to the certificates above, ECE also offers standalone certificates designed to assist students with acquiring entry-level positions in various area.  Click below for more information.

Standalone Certificates 

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