Whatcom offers the following degrees and certificates:

Degrees: New! Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T) - Early Childhood Education
  Associate in Arts (AA) - Early Childhood Education
Certificate: State Early Childhood Education
Certificates of Proficiency:
State Initial Early Childhood Education
State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization - General
State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization - Administration
State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization - Family Child Care
State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization - Infants and Toddlers
State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization - School-Age Care

 

Note: Core course requirements are listed alphabetically within each degree and certificate template, not necessarily in the order they should be taken.

Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T) - Early Childhood Education

The early childhood education degree prepares students for careers in early learning, caring for and teaching children birth through age 8 in child care programs, preschools, and publicly supported programs such as Head Start. Graduates meet Washington's Level 3 state competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals and NAEYC ECE associate degree standards.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
Credits
ECED& 105
Introduction to Early Childhood Education (HR)
5
ECED& 107
Health/Safety/Nutrition 5
ECED& 120
Practicum-Nurturing Relationships
2
ECED& 160
Curriculum Development
5
ECED& 170
Learning Environments for Young Children
3
ECED& 180
Language/Literacy Development
3
ECED& 190
Observation, Assessment & Record Keeping
3
ECED 220
Music & Movement
3
ECED 236
Math and Science
3
EDUC& 115
Child Development
5
EDUC& 130
Guiding Behavior (HR)
3
EDUC& 150
Child/Family/Community (HR)
3
EDUC& 204
Exceptional Child
5
EDUC 250
Professionalism in the Workplace
2
Subtotal 50
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION
Credits
ENGL& 101
English Composition I (CM)
5
Any ENGL course above 101 designated as a "CC"
 5
Any two courses designated "H"
 10
PSYC& 100
General Psychology (HR)
 5
Any CMST course designated "OC"
 3 or 5
Any course designated "MSI"
 5
Any course designated "Q/SR"
 5
 Subtotal 38-40
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
 Credits
CO-OP 290
Cooperative Work Experience
 2 or 3
 Subtotal  2-3
 Total  91-93

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Associate in Arts (AA) - Early Childhood Education

The early childhood education associate in arts degree prepares students for immediate employment working with children as family home child care providers or assistant teachers. This is not intended to articulate directly to baccalaureate programs. This degree aligns with Step 9 on the Washington State Career Lattice for Early Care and Education Professionals.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
ART 155
Art for Children
 3
ECED& 105
Introduction to Early Childhood Education (HR)
 5
ECED& 107
Health/Safety/Nutrition  5
ECED& 120
Practicum - Nurturing Relationships
2
ECED& 132
Infants/Toddlers Care
3
ECED& 160
Curriculum Development
 5
ECED& 170
Learning Environments for Young Children
 3
ECED& 180
Language/Literacy Development
 3
ECED& 190
Observation, Assessment & Record Keeping
 3
ECED 220
Music & Movement
 3
ECED 236
Math and Science
 3
EDUC& 115
Child Development
 5
EDUC& 130
Guiding Behavior (HR)
 3
EDUC& 150
Child/Family/Community (HR)
 3
EDUC& 204
Exceptional Child
 5
EDUC 250
Professionalism in the Workplace
 2
 Subtotal  56
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION  Credits
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
 5
Any course designated as Computation on the Related Instruction list (CP)
 5
Any CMST course designated as "OC" (CM)
3 or 5
 Subtotal  13-15
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE  Credits
CO-OP 290
Cooperative Work Experience
 5
Elective credits as approved by program coordinator to form an ECE specialization
 16
 Subtotal 21
 Total  90-92

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Certificate - State Early Childhood Education

The early childhood education program prepares students for careers in working with children in early learning and care programs, Head Start, preschools, childcare centers & homes. Competencies are developed for assistant teacher positions Step 7 on the Washington State Career Lattice for Early Care and Education Professionals.

Course requirements (effective fall 2015)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)  Credits
ECED& 105
Introduction to Early Childhood Education (HR)
 5
ECED& 107
Health/Safety/Nutrition  5
ECED& 160
Curriculum Development
 5
ECED& 180
Language/Literacy Development
 3
ECED& 190
Observation, Assessment & Record Keeping
 3
EDUC& 115
Child Development
 5
EDUC& 130
Guiding Behavior
 3
EDUC& 150
Child/Family/Community  3
 Subtotal  32
 SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS  Credits
ECED& 132
Infants/Toddlers Care
 3
or ECED& 134 Family Child Care

or ECED& 139 Administration of Early Learning Programs

or ECED& 170 Learning Environments for Young Children
 
or EDUC& 136 School Age Care
 
or Any ECED or EDUC Class
 
 Subtotal  3
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION Credits
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
 5
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
 3 or 5
or CMST& 210
Interpersonal Communication
 
Any course designated as Computation on the Related Instruction list (CP)
 5
 Subtotal  13-15
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE  Credits
ECED& 120
Practicum - Nurturing Relationships
 2
 Subtotal  2
 Total  50-52

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Certificate of Proficiency - State Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate

The first of three stackable certificates, aligned with step 5 of Washington State's Career Lattice for Early Care and Education Professionals. Level 2 core competencies are taught and assessed, enabling assistant teachers to move to lead teacher positions in licensed child care centers.

Course requirements (effective fall 2014)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
ECED& 105
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
 5
ECED& 107
Health/Safety/Nutrition  5
ECED& 120
Practicum - Nurturing Relationships
 2
 Subtotal  12
 Total  12

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Certificate of Proficiency - State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization - General

The second of three stackable specialization certificates. Students may focus on Early Childhood Education General and then progress to step 6 on the Washington State Career Lattice for Early Care and Education Professionals.

Course requirements (effective fall 2014)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
ECED& 105
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
 5
ECED& 107
Health/Safety/Nutrition  5
ECED& 120
Practicum  2
EDUC& 115
Child Development
 5
 Subtotal  17
 SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS  Credits
EDUC& 130
Guiding Behavior
 3
 Subtotal  3
 Total  20

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Certificate of Proficiency - State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization - Administration

The second of three stackable specialization certificates. Students may specialize in Administration and progress to step 6 on the Washington State Career Lattice for Early Care and Education Professionals.

Course requirements (effective fall 2014)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
ECED& 105
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
 5
ECED& 107
Health/Safety/Nutrition  5
ECED& 120
Practicum  2
EDUC& 115
Child Development
 5
 Subtotal  17
 SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS  Credits
ECED& 139
Administration of Early Learning Programs
 3
 Subtotal  3
 Total  20

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Certificate of Proficiency - State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization - Family Child Care

The second of three stackable specialization certificates. Students may specialize in Family Child Care and progress to step 6 on the Washington State Career Lattice for Early Care and Education Professionals.

Course requirements (effective fall 2014)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
ECED& 105
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
 5
ECED& 107
Health/Safety/Nutrition  5
ECED& 120
Practicum  2
EDUC& 115
Child Development
 5
 Subtotal  17
 SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS  Credits
ECED& 134
Family Child Care
 3
 Subtotal  3
 Total  20

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Certificate of Proficiency - State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization - Infants and Toddlers

The second of three stackable specialization certificates. Students may specialize in Infant Toddler Care and progress to step 6 on the Washington State Career Lattice for Early Care and Education Professionals.

Course requirements (effective fall 2014)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
ECED& 105
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
 5
ECED& 107
Health/Safety/Nutrition  5
ECED& 120
Practicum  2
EDUC& 115
Child Development
 5
 Subtotal  17
 SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS  Credits
ECED& 132
Infants/Toddlers Care
 3
 Subtotal  3
 Total  20

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Certificate of Proficiency - State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization - School Age Care

The second of three stackable specialization certificates. Students may specialize in School Age Care and progress to step 6 on the Washington State Career Lattice for Early Care and Education Professionals.

Course requirements (effective fall 2014)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
ECED& 105
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
 5
ECED& 107
Health/Safety/Nutrition  5
ECED& 120
Practicum
 2
EDUC& 115
Child Development
 5
 Subtotal  17
 SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS  Credits
EDUC& 136
School Age Care
 3
 Subtotal  3
 Total  20

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