Early Childhood Education
ECE 108 3 credits
Health, Safety and Nutrition
Study of health, safety and nutrition guidelines that promote quality in an early childhood setting. Examination of the relationship between a healthy and safe environment, the family, and a child's growth and development. Community resources available to ECE programs and parents of young children will be identified.
ECE 117 3 credits
Introduction to incorporating cultural, ethnic, racial, gender and physical diversity into the early childhood setting. Includes recognizing and resisting stereotypical and discriminatory behavior and working with parents and communities to create a supportive environment for diversity.
ECE 119 1 credit
Provides an overview of the early childhood education program expectations and philosophy. Students will gain knowledge and skills in collecting work samples for the professional portfolio which they are required to develop in ECE 260.
ECE 128 2 credits
CDA Field Experience-I-BEST
Under the direct supervision of a qualified early childhood professional, take on the role of the lead teacher to demonstrate proficiency in the skills needed to acquire a CDA credential. The ECE instructor will observe the student using the CDA classroom observation tool to assess the student's competency. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in ECE 141.
ECE 132 2 credits
Field Experience II
Complete 15 hours of field experience in each of the following four approved early childhood education settings: infant/toddler program, preschool program, kindergarten or first-grade classroom, and second- or third-grade classroom (60 hours total). Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in ECED& 190 required.
ECE 133 2 credits
ECE Field Experience III
Complete 66 hours of field experience in an approved early childhood setting with a qualified teacher. Apply classroom theory from ECE 116 to actual practice of technical skills per Washington Skill Standards. Concurrent enrollment in ECE 116 required for students who are pursuing ECE certificate or ATS degree.
ECE 140 2 credits
Course assists students in final preparation for CDA assessment. Develop CDA professional resource file, distribute parent questionnaires and review CDA competency goals/functional areas. Formal observation not included - students must contract with an independent adviser to fulfill the formal observation requirement. (CDA assessment fee is NOT included in the cost of this course.) Prerequisites: ECE 101, ECE 102, first aid/CPR training, bloodborne pathogen education and have at least 480 hours of experience working with preschool children within the past five years.
ECE 141 4 credits
CDA Capstone I-BEST
Assists students in final preparation for CDA assessment. Develop CDA professional resources files, distribute parent questionnaires and review CDA competency goals/functional areas. Integrates technical early childhood education and adult basic skills instruction. Prerequisites: ECE 101, 102, first aid/CPR and bloodborne pathogens education, and at least 480 hours of experience working with children, five-years of age or younger, within the past five years.
ECE 219 5 credits
Language & Literacy Development II
Covers the fundamental concepts of how language is acquired and literacy emerges in children from birth through eight years. Methods of enhancing language development, listening skills, and emergent reading and writing skills in the early childhood setting and family environment will be explored. Prerequisites: ECED& 105 (formerly ECE 101), EDUC& 115, ECED& 180 (formerly ECE 206).
ECE 220 3 credits
Math and Science in Early Childhood
Methods, materials and vocabulary to use in individualized and developmentally appropriate math and science experiences in early childhood and family environments. Role of technology will be explored. Prerequisites: ECED& 105 (formerly ECE 101), EDUC& 115.
ECE 221 3 credits
Movement/Motor Development in Early Childhood
Students will learn to select, create and use activities to foster development of muscle coordination and strength, body awareness, movement, balance, and endurance. Individual areas of physical and creative activities will be explored, as will family and community influences. Prerequisites: ECED& 105 (formerly ECE 101), EDUC& 115.
ECE 222 3 credits
Arts & the Creative Process
Provides students with skills to plan and implement creative experiences in art, music, drama, dance and literature. Community resources will be identified. The relationship of the creative domain to other developmental domains is a focus. Prerequisites: ECED& 105 (formerly ECE 101), EDUC& 115.
ECE 231 2 credits
Field Experience IV
Complete 60 hours of field experience in an approved early childhood setting with a qualified teacher. Apply classroom theory from ECE 220 to actual practice of technical skills as defined in the Washington Skill Standards for Early Childhood Professionals. Concurrent enrollment in ECE 220 required. Prerequisites: all first-year ECE classes must be completed before enrolling in this course.
ECE 232 2 credits
ECE Field Experience V
Complete 66 hours of field experience in an approved early childhood setting with a qualified teacher. Apply classroom theory from ECE 222 to actual practice of technical skills per Washington Skill Standards. Concurrent enrollment in ECE 222 required for students pursuing ECE certificate or ATS degree. Prerequisites: all first-year ECE classes must be completed before enrolling in this course.
ECE 260 1 credit
Provides the knowledge and skills needed to develop and maintain a professional portfolio to use in job searches and other career endeavors. Prerequisites: ENGL 097, ECED& 105 (formerly ECE 101), ECED& 120 (formerly 132), ECED& 107 (formerly ECE 108), ECE 119, EDUC& 115, EDUC& 130, ECED& 170, ECED& 190 (formerly ECE 212), ECED& 160, ECED& 180 (formerly 206), EDUC& 150, ECE 117, ECE 132, ECE 222, ECE 220, ECED& 132 (formerly ECE 215), ECE 219.
ECE 290 4 credits
Early Childhood Education Practicum
Student completes 90 hours of field experience in an approved early childhood setting. Under the direct supervision of a qualified early childhood professional, student takes on the role of lead teacher to demonstrate skills in curriculum planning and implementation, child guidance, environmental design, and communication with families and program staff. Students will meet once a week with course instructor to discuss practicum experiences. Prerequisites: ENGL 097, ECE 117, 119, 132, 219, 220, 222, ECED&105, 107, 120, 132, 150, 160, 170, 180, 190, EDUC&115, 130.
ECED& 105 5 credits
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals and programs in action. Formerly ECE 101.
ECED& 107 5 credits
Health, Safety and Nutrition
Develop knowledge and skills to ensure good health, nutrition and safety of children in group care and education programs. Recognize the signs of abuse and neglect, responsibilities for mandated reporting, and available community resources. Formerly ECE 108.
ECED& 120 2 credits
Practicum – Nurturing Relationships
In an early learning setting, apply best practice for engaging in nurturing relationships with children. Focus on keeping children healthy and safe while promoting growth and development. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in ECED& 105.
ECED& 132 3 credits
Infants & Toddlers
Examine the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Study the role of the caregiver, relationships with families, developmentally appropriate practices, nurturing environments for infants and toddlers, and culturally relevant care. Formerly ECE 215.
ECED& 134 3 credits
Family Child Care
Learn the basics of home/family child care program management. Topics include: licensing requirements; business management; relationship building; health, safety, and nutrition: guiding behavior and promoting growth and development.
ECED& 139 3 credits
Administration of Early Learning Programs
Develop administrative skills required to develop, open, operate, manage and assess early childhood education and care programs. Explore techniques and resources available for Washington State licensing and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standard compliance. Formerly ECE 290.
ECED& 160 5 credits
Investigate learning theory, program planning, and tools for curriculum development promoting language, fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative skills and growth in young children (birth-age 8). Prerequisites: ECED& 105 (formerly ECE 101), EDUC& 115.
ECED& 170 3 credits
Design, evaluate, and improve indoor and outdoor environments which ensure quality learning, nurturing experiences, and optimize the development of young children.
ECED& 180 3 credits
Language and Literacy Development
Develop teaching strategies for language acquisition and literacy skill development at each developmental stage (birth-age 8) through the four interrelated areas of speaking, listening, writing and reading. Formerly ECE 206.
ECED& 190 3 credits
Observation & Assessment
Collect and record observation of and assessment data in order to plan for and support the child, the family, the group and the community. Practice reflection techniques, summarizing conclusions and communicating findings. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in ECED& 132.