Make a Difference
Do you love children? Have you ever felt the reward of teaching something? Perhaps you've considered that you may become a parent one day. In early childhood education, you can discover all the ways teachers inspire and change lives. From psychology to nutrition, you can learn the basics of how to professionally care for and teach children. Discover the joy of shaping lives through education and find out how you want to change the world, one child at a time.
The Washington Department of Early Learning (DEL) created a set of core competencies for early care and education professionals. Our Child Care program is aligned with the Community and Technical College Board so that you can earn twelve tech-prep college credits.
You must pass a Washington State Control Background Check
You must have a Driver License OR transportation to Early Learning Facilities
You must pass a TB Test and/or Inoculation
You must have a First Aid/CPR Card
Teaching assistant, early childhood education teacher, elementary school teacher, and more
You’ll begin your classes in 11th grade by enrolling in Child Psychology/Child Care Basics. See your
counselor for details.
If you meet specific state requirements, you can work at a childcare center or become a teaching assistant.
A two-year associate’s degree in education or your ECE (Early Childhood Education) certificate offers opportunities to become a childcare worker, teaching assistant, or preschool teacher.
With a four-year bachelor’s degree in education, you can become a certified teacher and teach K-12. If you are interested in teaching in middle or secondary school, you’ll be advised to also major in the subject you wish to eventually teach, such as music, mathematics, history, biology, or English. You can continue on and earn your master’s degree or a Ph.D. and teach higher, college-level courses.
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|Early Childhood Education (ECE) 102||1.5|
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Early Childhood Education (ECE) 101 ‐ 1.5 Credit(s)
Duration ‐ One semester (satisfies English, Science, Occupational credits)
Prerequisite ‐ Junior or senior standing
Fees and Costs ‐ You are responsible for your own transportation to area elementary/middle schools.
This is a daily, 3-hour block course, which earns 1.5 credits by the semester's end. Together, ECE 101 and 102 make up a year-long program.
Are you considering a career in childcare or education? In this program, you’ll study children’s physical, social, emotional, and mental development from prenatal to school age. Learn first aid and practice parenting styles and discipline techniques. You can participate in the empathy belly pregnancy simulation and the Real Care Baby parenting simulation. Gain experience one day a week in an elementary or child-care facility, and learn firsthand about careers involving children.
You’ll need to be 16 (usually a junior) and be able to drive to and from the elementary school. A community service project may be planned and implemented. By adding the Basics in Child Care competencies, you will earn their STARS credentials to work in licensed childcare when you complete 10 assessments in the curriculum with 70% accuracy. If you earn a B grade, you may receive 8 credits through YVC for course ECED& 105 Early Childcare Basics and ECED& 100 STARS.
If you would like to earn tech prep credit for ECED& 107 (Health Nutrition and Safety--five credits), you will read chapters from Health Safety and Nutrition for the Young Child and complete a separate packet by the end of the semester. You’ll learn to prepare foods, beverages, and plan meals. Emphasis is on safety and sanitation as well as how to apply nutritional information. The choosemyplate.gov super-tracker feature will be used to discover nutrition habits. Then, we will analyze diets, herbs and supplements, and fast foods. You’ll prepare and learn about fruits and vegetables, breads, eggs, meats, and desserts.
Tips for athletes will be included, and you will each implement a lifestyle change project. Chinese, Mexican, and Italian foods will be prepared as well as a foreign food demonstration with reports on countries from which the meals came. A guest meal will be part of the final assessment. You will have the opportunity to get a food handler’s permit in the class. The Art Institute of Seattle offers higher education opportunities in this field.
Early Childhood Education (ECE) 102 ‐ 1.5 Credit(s)
Duration ‐ One semester (Satisfies English, Science, Occupational credits)
Prerequisite ‐ Junior or Senior standing, previous enrollment in ECE 101
Fees and Costs ‐ None
This is a daily, 3-hour block course, which earns 1.5 credits by the semester's end. Together, ECE 101 and 102 make up a year-long program. This course is articulated with YVC for 2 college credits, ECED& 120.
In this class, you’ll learn about current issues that impact early childhood education. Topics cover multicultural education including diversity and anti-bias curriculum, special-needs children (education) and inclusion, family systems, and child abuse/violence. Emphasis will be placed on the current issues and trends in each area as well as resources available to ECE professionals.
class meets the required Washington State Core competencies
identified through the listed course student outcomes and the
National standards. This course is required in Early Childhood
Education programs, exclusively preparing professionals to work in
Early Learning Programs. Attendance and participation in this course
is scored by completion of weekly assignments, course projects, and
class discussion. If you have an excused absence, SIA, or
pre-arranged absence, your work will be due when you return,
depending on the time missed. No late assignments will be accepted.
No make-up or extra credit assignments will be given.
on your 4 observation days per week, you will determine which 2
assignments you can turn in on the Mondays we meet. There will be
information to read and prepare for the next week’s in-class
assignment. There are 21 assignments.
Single Survival Essentials ‐ 0.5 Credit(s)
Duration ‐ One semester
Prerequisite ‐ None
Fees and Costs ‐ None
Get ready for the real world and develop independent living skills. Topics cover resume development, job applications, interviewing skills, personal appearance, housing decision-making, navigating roommate situations, and money management including credit and checking accounts, grocery shopping, securing insurance, investing, and taxes. You’ll also learn about the symptoms and treatment of mental health diseases, drug/alcohol abuse, sexually transmitted diseases and learn tips for personal safety, dating violence, and dating issues.
This course will fulfill the requirement for a health class.