Curriculum & Outcomes

Child Care Manager

Associate of Applied Science Degree
90 Credits

Mission: 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 early childhood programs. Theoretical knowledge is gained through evening/online classroom lectures; practical experience takes place in college labs and in family and center-based programs where students are employed.

Child Care Manager AAS degree graduates will:

  • Be prepared for a lead teacher or entry level management position in the early care and learning field
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate children’s programs using current child development knowledge
  • Apply developmentally appropriate guidance techniques
  • Teach developmentally appropriate guidance techniques to colleagues
  • Document childrens’ skill development and plan programs based on documented observations
  • Be prepared to create a learning environment that fosters language, social, cognitive, and motor skills in young children
  • Be prepared to communicate in verbal and written format with the parents
  • Be prepared to plan and monitor food service in an early childhood program
  • Be able to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment, both indoors/outdoors
  • Follow the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) as it relates to early childhood programs
  • Be prepared to develop and maintain staff and fiscal policies of an early childhood program
  • Be prepared to appropriately hire, mentor, and supervise staff
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills
  • Meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes

It is the student's responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

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Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

ECED 122 Creative Activities 5
ECED 125 Math and Science 6
ECED 212 Staff/ Program Management 5
ECED 215 Capstone Practicum 2
ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health , Safety & Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum- Nurturing 2
ECED& 139 Administration of Early Learning Programs 3
ECED& 160 Curriculum 5
ECED& 170 Environments 3
ECED& 180 Language and Literacy 3
ECED& 190 Observation and Assessment 3
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
EDUC& 150 Child, Family and Community 3

ELECTIVES - 10 CREDITS

Minimum of 10 additional credits of which all must be in college-level courses as defined by the technical institute or as accepted as fully transferrable as defined by the state system. Recommended courses: EDUC& 205 Intro to Education and HUM 215 Multicultural America.

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES - 3 CREDITS

Select one 3 credit course from the following courses:

EDUC& 132 Infants & Toddlers 3 ECED& 134 Family Child Care 3 EDUC& 136 School Age Care 3 ECED& 139 Administration of Early Learning Programs 3

Academic Core Requirements - 20 Credits

Written Communication 5
Humanities 5
Quantitative Reasoning 5
Social Science 5
Total Program Credits90

See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.

Child Care Manager

Certificate of Proficiency
70 Credits

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. Students develop competencies necessary to plan, implement, and evaluate a quality program for children, following National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards. Program prepares students to seek new employment or update professional skills and knowledge as a family care provider; program supervisor of child care center; child care manager; and lead teacher in child care/ preschool programs.

Child Care Manager certificate graduates will:

  • Be prepared for a lead teacher or entry-level management position in the child care field
  • Be able to plan, implement, and evaluate programs for young children
  • Be able to document children’s growth and skill developmentt
  • Be able to apply developmentally appropriate guidance techniques
  • Plan and implement activities that promote social, cognitive, language and motor skills
  • Be able to apply Washington Administrative Code (WAC) requirements to work environment
  • Be able to work in a cooperative and supportive manner with parents
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment for young children
  • Follow a work guideline as outlined in staff operations manual
  • Participate willingly in staff development activities
  • Follow the fiscal guidelines of the place of employment
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills

It is the student's responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

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Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

ECED 122 Creative Activities 5
ECED 125 Math and Science 6
ECED 212 Staff/ Program Management 5
ECED 215 Capstone Practicum 2
ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health , Safety & Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum- Nurturing 2
ECED& 139 Administration of Early Learning Programs 3
ECED& 160 Curriculum 5
ECED& 170 Environments 3
ECED& 180 Language and Literacy 3
ECED& 190 Observation and Assessment 3
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
EDUC& 150 Child, Family and Community 3

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES - 3 CREDITS

Select one 3 credit course from the following courses:

EDUC& 132 Infants & Toddlers 3 ECED& 134 Family Child Care 3 EDUC& 136 School Age Care 3

ACADEMIC CORE REQUIREMENT - 10 credits

Written Communication 5
Quantitative Reasoning 5
Social Science (taught within the curriculum)

Total Program Credits

70

 See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.

Initial State Certificate

Certificate of Completion
12 Credits

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.

Initial State Certificate graduates will:

  • be prepared to maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • be prepared to monitor and make appropriate changes for safety in both the indoor and outdoor learning environment
  • be able to plan and monitor a children’s menu following DEL guidelines
  • be prepared to apply learning theory as it relates to children’s play in the learning setting
  • be prepared to work as an entry level staff member in an early childhood setting
  • be prepared to apply best practices in all interactions with children

It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or adviser. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

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Admission Dates: Fall

Program Requirements

ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health , Safety & Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum- Nurturing 2

Total Program Credits

12

Short State Certificates of Specialization

Certificate of Completion
20 Credits

The Short State Certificates of Specialization complete Step 6 of Level 2 on the Washington State ECE Career Lattice. The Short State Certificate of Specialization is the second of three short certificates that can lead to completion of an AAS degree. Within this Short State Certificate of specialization students will complete all of the requirements of the Initial Credential, plus specialized curriculum. Students select one of the 5 areas of specialization for the short certificate.

  • General
  • Administration
  • Family Child Care
  • Infants and Toddlers
  • School Age Care

Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Short State Certificate of Specialization - General

Short State Certificate of Specialization - General graduates will:

  • be prepared to maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • be prepared to monitor and make appropriate changes for safety in both the indoor and outdoor learning environment
  • be able to plan and monitor a children’s menu following DEL guidelines
  • be prepared to apply learning theory as it relates to children’s play in the learning environment
  • be prepared to work as an entry level staff member in an early childhood setting
  • be prepared to apply best practices in all interactions with children
  • be prepared to follow all guidelines for their area of specialization as outlined by DEL

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Program Requirements

ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health , Safety & Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum- Nurturing 2
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3

Total Program Credits

20

Short State Certificate of Specialization - Administration

Short State Certificate of Specialization - Administration graduates will:

  • be prepared to maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • be prepared to monitor and make appropriate changes for safety in both the indoor and outdoor learning environment
  • be able to plan and monitor a children’s menu following DEL guidelines
  • plan for appropriate staffing, equipment and materials
  • Plan for programming for specific age groups
  • plan and monitor a budget
  • be prepared to identify methods for recruiting, hiring, evaluating and supervising staff
  • be prepared to apply learning theory as it relates to children’s play in the learning environment
  • be prepared to work as an entry level staff member in an early childhood setting
  • be prepared to apply best practices in all interactions with children
  • use tools to evaluate program effectiveness and identify areas for improvements
  • be prepared to follow all guidelines for their area of specialization as outlined by DEL

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Program Requirements

ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health , Safety & Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum- Nurturing 2
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
ECED& 139 Administration of Early Learning Programs 3

Total Program Credits

20

Short State Certificate of Specialization - Family Child Care

Short State Certificate of Specialization - Family Child Care graduates will:

  • be prepared to maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • be prepared to monitor and make appropriate changes for safety in both the indoor and outdoor learning environment
  • be able to plan and monitor a children’s menu following DEL guidelines
  • be able to identify and implement strategies for family child care business management including marketing, risk management, staffing, tax planning, and record keeping
  • be prepared to apply learning theory as it relates to children’s play in the learning environment
  • be prepared to work as an entry level staff member in an early childhood setting
  • be prepared to apply best practices in all interactions with children in the family home setting
  • be prepared to follow all guidelines for their area of specialization as outlined by DEL

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Program Requirements

ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health , Safety & Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum- Nurturing 2
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
ECED& 134 Family Child Care 3

Total Program Credits

20

Short State Certificate of Specialization - Infants and Toddlers

Short State Certificate of Specialization - Infants and Toddlers graduates will:

  • be prepared to maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • be prepared to monitor and make appropriate changes for safety in both the indoor and outdoor learning environment
  • be able to plan and monitor a children’s menu following DEL guidelines
  • be prepared to apply learning theory as it relates to infant/toddlers play in the learning environment
  • plan for developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant curriculum that supports the total growth for infants and toddlers
  • be prepared to work as an entry level staff member in an early childhood setting
  • be prepared to apply best practices in all interactions with children
  • identify resources supporting infant/toddler programs and infant/toddler specialist in their work

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Program Requirements

ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health , Safety & Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum- Nurturing 2
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 132 Infants & Toddlers 3

Total Program Credits

20

Short State Certificate of Specialization - School Age Care

Short State Certificate of Specialization - School Age Care graduates will:

  • be prepared to maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • be prepared to monitor and make appropriate changes for safety in both the indoor and outdoor learning environment
  • be able to plan and monitor a children’s menu following DEL guidelines
  • be prepared to apply learning theory as it relates to children’s play in the learning environment
  • be prepared to work as an entry level staff member in an early childhood setting
  • be prepared to identify resources supporting school age care and resources for school age care/youth development specialists
  • develop a plan for curriculum and program implementation that reflects knowledge of the interest and needs of school age children and responsive respect for the local community
  • be prepared to develop a plan to create reciprocal, culturally sensitive relationships with children and families

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Program Requirements

ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health , Safety & Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum- Nurturing 2
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 136 School Age Care 3

Total Program Credits

20

State Early Childhood Education Certificate

Certificate of Proficiency
47 Credits

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 the completion of an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education. All course work in the Stackable certificates is a component of the A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education at LWIT.

State Early Childhood Education Certificate graduates will:

  • be prepared for a lead teacher or entry-level management position in the child care field
  • be prepared to maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • be prepared to monitor and make appropriate changes for safety in both the indoor and outdoor learning environment
  • plan and monitor the children’s menu and all food service
  • be prepared to apply learning theory and best practices in all interactions with children
  • be prepared to follow all guidelines as outlined by DEL
  • be prepared to establish positive and clear lines of communication with families and staff
  • be prepared to plan, implement and evaluate the children’s curriculum
  • be prepared to document childrens’ growth and development and use those documented observations to make program modifications to meet the needs of the individual child and to share with parents

It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or adviser. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

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Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health , Safety & Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum- Nurturing 2
ECED& 160 Curriculum 5
ECED& 170 Environments 3
or
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
ECED& 180 Language and Literacy 3
ECED& 190 Observation and Assessment 3
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 150 Child, Family and Community 3

Select one of the following specialization areas

EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3 EDUC& 132 Infants & Toddlers 3 ECED& 134 Family Child Care 3 EDUC& 136 School Age Care 3 ECED& 139 Administration of Early Learning Programs 3

Academic Core Requirements- 10 Credits

Written Communication* 5
Quantitative Reasoning** 5
Social Science< (taught within the technical curriculum/td>

Total Program Credits

47

*ENGL 100 or ENGL& 101 or above
**MATH 100 or above