Early Childhood Education

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Early Childhood Education

About The Program

Transfers to the Lower Columbia College BAS-TE and BAS-OLTM degrees.

This program provides students with both academic coursework and field experience necessary to become a teacher of children ages birth to 8 years. The program allows the student to experience working with young children and mentor teachers. The program includes teaching methods in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, children's literature, expressive arts, and observation and assessment techniques. Emphasis is placed on educational foundations, child development, nutrition, families, communities, schools and other agencies. Students entering the Early Childhood Education Program must show evidence of a current TB test and obtain a cleared Portable Background check through Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families.


For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Degree Requirements  

Program Requirements

ECED& 105 Intro Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health/Safety Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum-Nurturing Relationships 2
ECED& 160 Curriculum Development 5
ECED& 170 Learning Environments 3
ECED& 180 Language & Literacy Development 3
ECED& 190 Observation/Assessment 3
ECED 225 STEAM in Early Childhood 5
ECED 261 Practicum IV/Principles 3
ECED 262 Practicum V/Practice 3
ECED 263 Practicum VI/Professionalism 3
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
EDUC& 150 Child, Family, Community 3
EDUC& 204 Inclusive Education-Birth through 21 focus 5

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total credits required to earn this degree: 96 with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in the program requirements.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

  • Create and maintain a safe and healthy environment for young children and families
  • Discuss how children differ in their development and approaches to learning
  • Apply knowledge of child development to intentionally support physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth
  • Develop interpersonal skills to build relationships with children and families, enhancing children's self-esteem, social and emotional development, and problem solving skills
  • Utilize theory, research, developmentally appropriate practice and a variety of instructional strategies when planning and implementing curriculum
  • Individualize guidance and problem solving techniques to support social and emotional development
  • Assess a variety of tools to strengthen the home to school connection
  • Examine features of an anti-biased, culturally relevant environment/curriculum, not exclusive to race, ethnicity, family diversity, learning styles and abilities
  • Create a professional development plan to maintain knowledge of current issues and trends in the field
  • Communicate effectively through the spoken and written word and through visual materials for varied audience and purposes
  • Compare and contrast a variety of observation and assessment tools, to analyze data with the purpose of developing age and developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Utilize critical thinking strategies to evaluate the validity of sources, and credit ideas or sources appropriately
  • Analyze numerical data from child assessments to plan and implement developmentally appropriate teaching strategies 

Revised May 2023 (Effective Summer 2023)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.

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