Early Childhood Education
Work in programs for young children is a challenging, absorbing, and personally rewarding career. In Clark College's Early Childhood Education program, students study child development and program organization, plan learning experiences for young children, and develop guidance skills in working with children.

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) department offers various certificates of achievement. As part of each certificate program, students are required to complete prescribed numbers of hours doing student teaching and/or observation in the Child and Family Studies program under the supervision of selected staff as well as in the community at large.

Programs are revised periodically to reflect changes in the specific career field. The following list of courses is an example of the coursework required for each program. Students planning to complete this program must meet with an advisor prior to registration for a current list of requirements.

Students must complete all Major Area Requirements and specifically listed courses with a minimum grade of "C" or better in order to successfully complete the program and earn the award.

Refer to the Degree & Certificate Requirements Section of the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the General Education Requirements.

Students preparing to transfer should make an early decision and contact the four-year school to which they will transfer. The Early Childhood Education Advisors can help in planning a schedule based on the four-year school's requirements. The department has made transfer agreements with several colleges to date.

Students must be able to pass a Criminal History screening to participate with the children in the ECE lab school. Participation in the ECE lab is a requirement for taking classes in ECE program. Students are also required to get a TB test or provide written proof that they have had one within the last year.
ECE-Foundations of Curriculum (CA)
Major Area Requirements
ECE 114
ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 121
INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION *
4 cr.
or ECE 131
ISSUES & TRENDS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
3 cr.
ECE 124
GUIDING BEHAVIOR OF YOUNG CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 133
REFLECTIVE PRACTICES IN EARLY LEARNING
3 cr.
ECE 135
PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAMILIES IN EARLY CARE & EDUC
3 cr.
ECE 137
CHILD DEVELOPMENT: PRENATAL THROUGH AGE EIGHT
5 cr.
ECE 209
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN I
3 cr.
ECE 210
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN I LAB
3 cr.
ECE 211
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN II
3 cr.
ECE 212
LEARNING EXP FOR YOUNG CHILDREN II LAB
3 cr.
ECE 213
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN III
3 cr.
ECE 214
LEARNING EXP FOR YOUNG CHILDREN III LAB
3 cr.
EDUC&203
EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 41-42
* The requirement for this class may be satisfied by taking ECE 131: Issues and Trends in ECE (Distance Education via WAOL) for 3 credits.

To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Examine and demonstrate knowledge of positive guidance approaches using indirect and direct guidance strategies.
  • Define and identify multiple approaches to curriculum development.
ECE-Family Child Care (CA)
Core Requirements
ECE 103
CHILD NUTRITION, HEALTH AND SAFETY
3 cr.
ECE 114
ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 116
LITERATURE AND STORYTELLING FOR CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 124
GUIDING BEHAVIOR OF YOUNG CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 137
CHILD DEVELOPMENT: PRENATAL THROUGH AGE EIGHT
5 cr.
Additional Requirements
Students must select two courses from area one (as paired) AND one course from area two:
1.
ECE 136
PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
4 cr.
and ECE 208
EARLY LANGUAGE FACILITATION
2 cr.
or ECE 112
CURRICULUM AND GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL-AGERS
4 cr.
and ECE 138
CHILD DEVELOPMENT:SCHOOL AGE THROUGH ADOLESCENCE
5 cr.
2.
ECE 135
PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAMILIES IN EARLY CARE & EDUC
3 cr.
or ECE 202
CHILD AND FAMILY
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 26-29
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Examine and demonstrate knowledge of positive guidance approaches using indirect and direct guidance strategies.
  • Identify age-appropriate activities using knowledge of child development.
ECE-Infant Toddler (CA)
All classes are in the evening or online.
Major Area Requirements
ECE 114
ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 133
REFLECTIVE PRACTICES IN EARLY LEARNING
3 cr.
ECE 135
PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAMILIES IN EARLY CARE & EDUC
3 cr.
ECE 136
PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
4 cr.
ECE 137
CHILD DEVELOPMENT: PRENATAL THROUGH AGE EIGHT
5 cr.
ECE 208
EARLY LANGUAGE FACILITATION
2 cr.
EDUC&203
EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 23
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Examine and demonstrate knowledge of positive guidance approaches using indirect and direct guidance strategies.
ECE-School-Age (CA)
Major Area Requirements
ECE 112
CURRICULUM AND GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL-AGERS
4 cr.
ECE 124
GUIDING BEHAVIOR OF YOUNG CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 132
OBSERVATION, DOCUMENTATION AND RECORDING
3 cr.
ECE 133
REFLECTIVE PRACTICES IN EARLY LEARNING
3 cr.
ECE 135
PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAMILIES IN EARLY CARE & EDUC *
3 cr.
or ECE 202
CHILD AND FAMILY *
3 cr.
ECE 138
CHILD DEVELOPMENT:SCHOOL AGE THROUGH ADOLESCENCE
5 cr.
EDUC&203
EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 24
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Examine and demonstrate knowledge of positive guidance approaches using indirect and direct guidance strategies.
  • Identify age-appropriate activities using knowledge of child development.
Early Childhood Education (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
ECE 103
CHILD NUTRITION, HEALTH AND SAFETY
3 cr.
ECE 114
ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 121
INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION *
4 cr.
ECE 123
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM REG & BEST PRACT (non-graded)
2 cr.
ECE 124
GUIDING BEHAVIOR OF YOUNG CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 132
OBSERVATION, DOCUMENTATION AND RECORDING
3 cr.
ECE 133
REFLECTIVE PRACTICES IN EARLY LEARNING
3 cr.
ECE 135
PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAMILIES IN EARLY CARE & EDUC
3 cr.
ECE 138
CHILD DEVELOPMENT:SCHOOL AGE THROUGH ADOLESCENCE
5 cr.
ECE 208
EARLY LANGUAGE FACILITATION
2 cr.
ECE 209
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN I
3 cr.
ECE 210
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN I LAB
3 cr.
EDUC&203
EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
3 cr.
Additional Major Area Requirements
Select a minimum of 5-6 credits from the following list (to make a total of 45 or more major area requirements):
ECE 102
SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 112
CURRICULUM AND GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL-AGERS
4 cr.
ECE 116
LITERATURE AND STORYTELLING FOR CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 136
PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
4 cr.
ECE 138
CHILD DEVELOPMENT:SCHOOL AGE THROUGH ADOLESCENCE
5 cr.
ECE 202
CHILD AND FAMILY
3 cr.
ECE 211
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN II
3 cr.
and ECE 212
LEARNING EXP FOR YOUNG CHILDREN II LAB
3 cr.
MUSC 106
MUSIC IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
3 cr.
PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY **
5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 54-55
*The requirement for this class may be satisfied by taking ECE 131: Issues and Trends in ECE (Distance Education via WAOL) for 3 credits

**Psychology 200 will fulfill the Human Relations requirement

45 credits in ECE fulfills the State requirement for Program Director for Licensed Child Care Centers.

To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Examine and demonstrate knowledge of positive guidance approaches using indirect and direct guidance strategies.
  • Define and identify multiple approaches to curriculum development.
  • Demonstrate multiple methods of communication with families.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Early Childhood Education (AAS)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
MATH 030
PRE-ALGEBRA (or COMPASS Placement in MATH 090)
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
ENVS 109
INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (recommended)
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
ECE 102
SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 103
CHILD NUTRITION, HEALTH AND SAFETY
3 cr.
ECE 105
INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION I
2 cr.
ECE 106
INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION II
2 cr.
ECE 114
ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 116
LITERATURE AND STORYTELLING FOR CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 121
INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION *
4 cr.
ECE 123
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM REG & BEST PRACT
2 cr.
ECE 124
GUIDING BEHAVIOR OF YOUNG CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 132
OBSERVATION, DOCUMENTATION AND RECORDING
3 cr.
ECE 133
REFLECTIVE PRACTICES IN EARLY LEARNING
3 cr.
ECE 135
PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAMILIES IN EARLY CARE & EDUC
3 cr.
ECE 137
CHILD DEVELOPMENT: PRENATAL THROUGH AGE EIGHT
5 cr.
ECE 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE **
1-5 cr.
ECE 202
CHILD AND FAMILY
3 cr.
ECE 208
EARLY LANGUAGE FACILITATION
2 cr.
ECE 209
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN I
3 cr.
ECE 210
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN I LAB
3 cr.
ECE 211
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN II
3 cr.
ECE 212
LEARNING EXP FOR YOUNG CHILDREN II LAB
3 cr.
ECE 213
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN III
3 cr.
ECE 214
LEARNING EXP FOR YOUNG CHILDREN III LAB
3 cr.
ECE 215
EARLY CHILDHOOD SEMINAR
2 cr.
EDUC&203
EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
3 cr.
Additional Major Area Requirements
ECE 136
PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
4 cr.
or ECE 138
CHILD DEVELOPMENT:SCHOOL AGE THROUGH ADOLESCENCE
5 cr.
and ECE 112
CURRICULUM AND GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL-AGERS
4 cr.
Total Required Credits: 104-109
Concurrent enrollment required for ECE 199/ECE 215.
Concurrent enrollment required for ECE 209/ECE 210 Lab.
Concurrent enrollment required for ECE 211/ECE 212 Lab.
Concurrent enrollment required for ECE 213/ECE 214 Lab.

* The requirement for this class may be satisfied by taking ECE 131.
** ECE 199 must be taken for 5 credits.

The course of study in Early Childhood Education conforms to the following:
  • Guidelines for preparation of early childhood professionals; Washington state skill standards; and

  • Early childhood education professional competencies.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Implement and/or supervise age-appropriate curriculum in various domains of learning.
  • Implement and/or supervise emergent curriculum in various domains of learning.
  • Implement and/or supervise individualized curriculum based on a written observation.
  • Implement and/or supervise the strategies for informing families of the multiple ways children are engaged with the curriculum.
  • Implement and/or supervise the application of diversity when developing ECE curriculum.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Early Childhood Education - Transfer Degree (AAS-T) (AAS)
Students preparing to transfer should make an early decision and contact the four-year school to which they will transfer. The Early Childhood Education coordinator can help in planning a schedule based on the four-year school's requirements. The department has made transfer agreements with several colleges to date.

Students must be able to pass a Criminal History screening to participate with the children in the ECE lab school. Participation in the ECE lab is a requirement for taking classes in ECE program. Students are also required to get a TB test or provide written proof that they have had one within the last year.
General Education Requirements
Note: Some general education requirements may be met by the specific requirements of the program.
Communication Skills (10 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
Quantitative Skills (10 credits required)
MATH 105
FINITE MATHEMATICS
5 cr.
MATH&107
MATH IN SOCIETY
5 cr.
Humanities (10 credits required)
(must be taken from two departments)
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
Recommended
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
CMST 216
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
MUSC 106
MUSIC IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
3 cr.
MUSC&104
MUSIC APPRECIATION
3 cr.
SPAN&121
SPANISH I
5 cr.
WS 101
INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES
5 cr.
Social Sciences (10 credits required)
(must be taken from two departments)
PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
Recommended
 
SOC& 101
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
5 cr.
SOC 121
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY EXPERIENCES IN THE U.S.
3 cr.
SOC 131
RACE AND ETHNICITY IN THE U.S.
3 cr.
Natural Sciences (10 credits required)
(5 credits must be a lab science)
 
Recommended
BIOL 164
HUMAN BIOLOGY
4 cr.
and BIOL 165
HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB
1 cr.
PHSC 101
GENERAL PHYSICAL SCIENCE
5 cr.
PHSC 102
GENERAL PHYSICAL SCIENCE
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
The courses in the following areas are required:
Family and Community Relationships
ECE 202
CHILD AND FAMILY
3 cr.
Health, Safety and Nutrition
ECE 103
CHILD NUTRITION, HEALTH AND SAFETY
3 cr.
Professionalism
ECE 215
EARLY CHILDHOOD SEMINAR
2 cr.
ECE 123
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM REG & BEST PRACT
2 cr.
Choose 5-6 credits from each content area below for a total of 30 credits:
Child Development and Learning (including Typical and Atypical)
ECE 100
CHILD DEVELOPMENT: BIRTH TO SIX
3 cr.
ECE 210
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN I LAB
3 cr.
EDUC&203
EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
3 cr.
Curriculum Development and Implementation
ECE 112
CURRICULUM AND GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL-AGERS
4 cr.
ECE 209
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN I
3 cr.
ECE 211
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN II
3 cr.
ECE 213
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN III
3 cr.
Child Guidance
ECE 124
GUIDING BEHAVIOR OF YOUNG CHILDREN
3 cr.
Diversity, Inclusion, Multicultural
ECE 105
INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION I
2 cr.
ECE 106
INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION II
2 cr.
ECE 121
INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
4 cr.
ECE 202
CHILD AND FAMILY
3 cr.
ECE 208
EARLY LANGUAGE FACILITATION
2 cr.
EDUC&203
EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
3 cr.
Observation, Assessment and Evaluation
ECE 106
INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION II
2 cr.
ECE 121
INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
4 cr.
ECE 124
GUIDING BEHAVIOR OF YOUNG CHILDREN
3 cr.
Practicum/Field Experience (suggested minimum 300 hours)
ECE 210
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN I LAB
3 cr.
ECE 212
LEARNING EXP FOR YOUNG CHILDREN II LAB
3 cr.
ECE 214
LEARNING EXP FOR YOUNG CHILDREN III LAB
3 cr.
ECE 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
1-5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 90 minimum
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
ECE I-BEST- Initial Child Care (CERT)
I-BEST pairs English as a Second Language (ESL) and/or Adult Basic Education (ABE) instructors with career and technical education instructors in the classroom to concurrently provide students with literacy education and workforce skills. I-BEST challenges the traditional notion that students must first complete all levels of basic education before they can begin workforce training.
Major Area Requirements
ECE 103
CHILD NUTRITION, HEALTH AND SAFETY
3 cr.
ECE 111
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION WORKSHOPS (1 credit required)
1-3 cr.
ECE 114
ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 121
INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
4 cr.
ECE 124
GUIDING BEHAVIOR OF YOUNG CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (2 credits required)
1-5 cr.
ECE 208
EARLY LANGUAGE FACILITATION
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 18
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Students will identify developmentally appropriate practices in both guidance strategies and curriculum development.
  • Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication appropriate to the field of Early Childhood Education.