Early Childhood Education

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The Child Care Manager AAS degree prepares students to develop competencies necessary to plan, implement and evaluate a quality program for children, following National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

This program prepares students to seek new employment or update professional skills and knowledge as a family care provider; program supervisor of a child care center; child care manager; and lead teacher in child care, preschool, and Head Start programs. Theoretical knowledge is gained through evening classroom lectures; practical experience takes place in college labs and in family- and center-based programs where students are employed.

For the Early Childhood Education certificates, the Initial State Certificate completes Step 5 of level 2 on the Washington State ECE Career Lattice. It is the first step of the State of Washington Stackable Certificates that can ultimately lead to a two-year degree in Early Childhood Education. This 12 credit certificate teaches to and assess for the competencies comparable to the Child Development Associate. The initial certificate may be a point of entry or a continuation of professional development from Level 1.

The State Early Childhood Education Certificate completes Step 7 of Level 2 on the Washington State ECE Career Lattice. This is the 3rd and final step of the Stackable Certificates. Completion of this credential provides the opportunity for the student to move to Level 3 of the Career Lattice. Level 3 can be achieved through completion of an AAS in Early Childhood Education. All course work in the Stackable certificates is a component of the AAS in Early Childhood Education at LWTech.

Admission Requirements

Program Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Credits

Estimated
Length*

Admission

Academic
Plans

Child Care Manager AAS

90

6
quarters

Fall, Winter,
Spring, Summer

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Child Care Manager
Certificate of Proficiency

70

4
quarters

Fall, Winter,
Spring, Summer

PDF

State Early Childhood Education Certificate

47

3
quarters

Fall, Winter,
Spring, Summer

PDF

Short State Certificate of Specialization - Administration

20

2
quarters

Fall, Winter,
Spring, Summer

PDF

Short State Certificate of Specialization -
General

20

2
quarters

Fall, Winter,
Spring, Summer

PDF

Short State Certificate of Specialization - Family Child Care

20

2
quarters

Fall, Winter,
Spring, Summer

PDF

Short State Certificate of Specialization - Infants and Toddlers

20

2
quarters

Fall, Winter,
Spring, Summer

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Short State Certificate of Specialization - School Age Care

20

2
quarters

Fall, Winter,
Spring, Summer

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Initial State Certificate

12

1
quarter

Fall

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*Program length is estimated. See your counselor or adviser.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure
Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). Those regulations also provide that institutions must disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution's GE Programs.