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Early Childhood Education

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Early childhood education fosters the development of social, intellectual, and emotional abilities in young children. Early Childhood educators work together with children and their families to model behavior that nurtures a child’s long-term educational success.

Child and Family Studies Learning Center

Quality child care is an important factor for academic and personal success. We provide flexible child care services in our Child and Family Studies learning center, where educators, students, and families intersect to provide a full range of educational opportunities for young children. 

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For general questions or program support, contact us at (360) 992-2393.

 

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A Supportive Learning Environment

To be a guiding figure in a child’s development is a challenging and rewarding experience. The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is based on the idea of hands-on learning. Students spend classroom lab time with licensed early childhood educators in our Child and Family Studies facilities. This approach provides students with real-world experience as they begin their careers.

Clark students have a variety of options when seeking a concentration in ECE studies. Certificates of achievement, a Certificate of Proficiency, an Associate in Applied Science Degree and transfer options are available for students looking to continue to a four-year institution.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for Early Childhood Education exist in a variety of roles: Headstart teacher, Pre-K teacher, Early Childhood Teacher, or Teacher’s Assistant.

According to the U.S Department of Labor, employment projections forecast Early Childhood Education jobs growing at a rate of 8 percent, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $13.45 per hour.

 

Degree Options

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.

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.
State Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate (statewide) (CC)
Major Area Requirements
ECED&105
INTRO EARLY CHILD ED
5 cr.
ECED&107
HEALTH/NUTRITION/SAFETY
5 cr.
ECED&120
PRACTICUM-NURTURING REL
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 12
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: Students will apply developmental knowledge to create learning environments and meaningful activities.
Short State Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization-General (statewide) (CC)
*CC-State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization-General (statewide)
Major Area Requirements
ECED&105
INTRO EARLY CHILD ED
5 cr.
ECED&107
HEALTH/NUTRITION/SAFETY
5 cr.
ECED&120
PRACTICUM-NURTURING REL
2 cr.
EDUC&115
CHILD DEVELOPMENT
5 cr.
EDUC&130
GUIDING BEHAVIOR
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 20
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: Students will apply developmental knowledge to create learning environments and meaningful activities.
Short State Certificate of Specialization-Infants and Toddlers (statewide) (CC)
Major Area Requirements
ECED&105
INTRO EARLY CHILD ED
5 cr.
ECED&107
HEALTH/NUTRITION/SAFETY
5 cr.
ECED&120
PRACTICUM-NURTURING REL
2 cr.
ECED&132
INFANTS/TODDLERS CARE
3 cr.
EDUC&115
CHILD DEVELOPMENT
5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 20
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: Students will apply developmental knowledge to create learning environments and meaningful activities.
Short State Certificate of Specialization-School Age Care (statewide) (CC)
Major Area Requirements
ECED&105
INTRO EARLY CHILD ED
5 cr.
ECED&107
HEALTH/NUTRITION/SAFETY
5 cr.
ECED&120
PRACTICUM-NURTURING REL
2 cr.
EDUC&115
CHILD DEVELOPMENT
5 cr.
EDUC&136
SCHOOL AGE CARE
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 20
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: Students will apply developmental knowledge to create learning environments and meaningful activities.
Short State Certificate of Specialization-Family Child Care (statewide) (CC)
Major Area Requirements
ECED&105
INTRO EARLY CHILD ED
5 cr.
ECED&107
HEALTH/NUTRITION/SAFETY
5 cr.
ECED&120
PRACTICUM-NURTURING REL
2 cr.
EDUC&115
CHILD DEVELOPMENT
5 cr.
ECED&134
FAMILY CHILD CARE
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 20
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: Students will apply developmental knowledge to create learning environments and meaningful activities.
Short State Certificate of Specialization-Administration (statewide) (CC)
Major Area Requirements
ECED&105
INTRO EARLY CHILD ED
5 cr.
ECED&107
HEALTH/NUTRITION/SAFETY
5 cr.
ECED&120
PRACTICUM-NURTURING REL
2 cr.
ECED&139
ADMIN EARLY LRNG PROG
3 cr.
EDUC&115
CHILD DEVELOPMENT
5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 20
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: Students will apply developmental knowledge to create learning environments and meaningful activities.
State Early Childhood Education Certificate (statewide) (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
ENGL 098
WRITING FUNDAMENTALS
5 cr.
or
ENGL 103
ADVANCED ENGLISH COMPOSITION
3 cr.
or
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
or
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
or
ENGL&235
TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills
5 cr.
Human Relations
EDUC&150
CHILD/FAMILY/COMMUNITY
3 cr.
Major Area Requirements
ECED&105
INTRO EARLY CHILD ED
5 cr.
ECED&107
HEALTH/NUTRITION/SAFETY
5 cr.
ECED&120
PRACTICUM-NURTURING REL
2 cr.
ECED&160
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
5 cr.
ECED&170
ENVIRONMENTS-YOUNG CHILD
3 cr.
ECED&180
LANG/LITERACY DEVELOP
3 cr.
ECED&190
OBSERVATION/ASSESSMENT
3 cr.
EDUC&115
CHILD DEVELOPMENT
5 cr.
EDUC&130
GUIDING BEHAVIOR
3 cr.
or
EDUC&136
SCHOOL AGE CARE
3 cr.
or
ECED&132
INFANTS/TODDLERS CARE
3 cr.
or
ECED&134
FAMILY CHILD CARE
3 cr.
or
ECED&139
ADMIN EARLY LRNG PROG
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 47
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • POWER, PRIVILEGE AND INEQUITY: Students will analyze and evaluate their awareness of equity pedagogy and create strategies for implementing cultural competence in their work with children and their families.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: Students will apply developmental knowledge to create learning environments and meaningful activities.
  • TEACHING AND LEARNING: Students will apply developmentally appropriate practices when implementing meaningful curriculum in the classroom.
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)
EDUC&150
CHILD/FAMILY/COMMUNITY
3 cr.
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
ENVS 109
INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
ECE 102
SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
3 cr.
ECE 116
LITERATURE AND STORYTELLING FOR CHILDREN
2 cr.
ECE 133
REFLECTIVE PRACTICES IN EARLY LEARNING
3 cr.
ECE 135
PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAMILIES IN EARLY CARE & EDUC
3 cr.
ECE 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (3 credits required)
1-3 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.
ECED&105
INTRO EARLY CHILD ED
5 cr.
ECED&107
HEALTH/NUTRITION/SAFETY
5 cr.
ECED&120
PRACTICUM-NURTURING REL
2 cr.
ECED&160
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
5 cr.
ECED&170
ENVIRONMENTS-YOUNG CHILD
3 cr.
ECED&180
LANG/LITERACY DEVELOP
3 cr.
ECED&190
OBSERVATION/ASSESSMENT
3 cr.
EDUC&115
CHILD DEVELOPMENT
5 cr.
EDUC&130
GUIDING BEHAVIOR
3 cr.
EDUC&203
EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
3 cr.
Additional Major Area Requirements
ECED&132
INFANTS/TODDLERS CARE
3 cr.
or EDUC&136
SCHOOL AGE CARE
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 96
Concurrent enrollment required for ECE 199/ECE 215.
Concurrent enrollment required for ECED& 105/ECED& 120.
Concurrent enrollment required for ECE 211/ECE 212 Lab.
Concurrent enrollment required for ECE 213/ECE 214 Lab.

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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: Students will apply developmental knowledge to create learning environments and meaningful activities.
  • BUILDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS: Students will recognize, support and partner with families and communities in learning environments and with meaningful activities.
  • OBSERVING, DOCUMENTING AND ASSESSING TO SUPPORT YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES: Students will apply the process of observation to diverse, and appropriate assessments of children.
  • TEACHING AND LEARNING: Students will apply developmentally appropriate practices when implementing meaningful curriculum in the classroom.
  • BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL: Students will apply professional standards and frameworks in early learning classrooms.
  • POWER, PRIVILEGE AND INEQUITY: Students will analyze and evaluate their awareness of equity pedagogy and create strategies for implementing cultural competence in their work with children and their families.
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
Early Childhood Education (AAS-T)
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.
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (recommended)
5 cr.
CMST 216
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (recommended)
5 cr.
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION (recommended)
5 cr.
MUSC 106
MUSIC IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (recommended)
3 cr.
MUSC&104
MUSIC APPRECIATION (recommended)
3 cr.
SPAN&121
SPANISH I (recommended)
5 cr.
WS 101
INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES (recommended)
5 cr.
Social Sciences (10 credits required)
(must be taken from two departments)
PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
SOC& 101
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (recommended)
5 cr.
SOC 121
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY EXPERIENCES IN THE U.S. (recommended)
3 cr.
SOC 131
RACE AND ETHNICITY IN THE U.S. (recommended)
3 cr.
Natural Sciences (10 credits required)
 
(5 credits must be a lab science)
BIOL 164
HUMAN BIOLOGY (recommended)
4 cr.
and BIOL 165
HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB (recommended)
1 cr.
PHSC 101
GENERAL PHYSICAL SCIENCE (recommended)
5 cr.
PHSC 102
GENERAL PHYSICAL SCIENCE (recommended)
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
The courses in the following areas are required:
Family and Community Relationships
EDUC&150
CHILD/FAMILY/COMMUNITY
3 cr.
Health, Safety and Nutrition
ECED&107
HEALTH/NUTRITION/SAFETY
5 cr.
Professionalism
ECE 215
EARLY CHILDHOOD SEMINAR
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.
EDUC&203
EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
3 cr.
Curriculum Development and Implementation
ECE 211
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN II
3 cr.
ECE 213
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN III
3 cr.
ECED&160
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
5 cr.
EDUC&136
SCHOOL AGE CARE
3 cr.
Child Guidance
EDUC&130
GUIDING BEHAVIOR
3 cr.
ECED&105
INTRO EARLY CHILD ED
5 cr.
and ECED&120
PRACTICUM-NURTURING REL (Must take both)
2 cr.
ECED&180
LANG/LITERACY DEVELOP
3 cr.
EDUC&203
EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
3 cr.
ECED&105
INTRO EARLY CHILD ED
5 cr.
and ECED&120
PRACTICUM-NURTURING REL
2 cr.
EDUC&130
GUIDING BEHAVIOR
3 cr.
Practicum/Field Experience (suggested minimum 300 hours)
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 (3 credits required)
1-3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 90 minimum
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • POWER, PRIVILEGE AND INEQUITY: Students will analyze and evaluate their awareness of equity pedagogy and create strategies for implementing cultural competence in their work with children and their families.
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: Students will apply developmental knowledge to create learning environments and meaningful activities.
  • BUILDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS: Students will recognize, support and partner with families and communities in learning environments and with meaningful activities.
  • OBSERVING, DOCUMENTING AND ASSESSING TO SUPPORT YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES: Students will apply the process of observation to diverse, and appropriate assessments of children.
  • TEACHING AND LEARNING: Students will apply developmentally appropriate practices when implementing meaningful curriculum in the classroom.
  • BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL: Students will apply professional standards and frameworks in early learning classrooms.
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)