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Program outcomes

Upon successful completion of the early childhood education (ECE) associate in arts and sciences (AAS-T) degree, ECE associate in arts (AA) degree, or State ECE certificate, graduates should be able to...

  1. Promote child development and learning.
  2. Build family and community relationships.
  3. Observe, document, and assess to support young children and families.
  4. Use developmentally appropriate approaches.
  5. Build meaningful curriculum using content knowledge.
  6. Use professional standards and ethical guidelines.

Upon successful completion of the ECE AA degree or State ECE certificate, graduates should also be able to...

  1. Plan and assess progress for a specific learning style or age group.

Prepare for workplace advancement and/or academic transferability

Whatcom has enhanced early childhood education (ECE) classes, certificates and the associate in arts (AA) degree to better prepare early learning and childcare professionals for workplace advancement and academic transferability.

  • 16 ECE courses are aligned with statewide standards to improve transferability.
  • Three "stackable" certificates meet state requirements and allow progression without course repetition for students who wish to earn higher certificates or degrees.
    • First, the 12-credit State Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate
    • Next, add eight (8) credits to earn a State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization; options of specialization include: General, Administration, Family Child Care, Infants and Toddlers, and School-Age Care
    • Finally, add another 30 to 32 credits to achieve the State Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • An additional 38 to 43 credits are required to earn the early childhood education associate in arts degree. The degree culminates with an internship placement with learning objectives tailored to the individual student.

Build a class schedule that works for you

Whether you want to study full-time or part-time, in-person or online, daytime or evening, or any combination of all of the above, you can build a class schedule that fits within your other personal and professional obligations and educational goals. Log into WCC Starfish or schedule an appointment with an advisor for assistance with building a plan that is right for you.