Early Childhood Education


The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Early Childhood Education at Lake Washington Institute of Technology prepares students for a rewarding career planning, implementing, and evaluating quality programs for young children. Early Childhood Education workers help positively shape children's formative years to prepare them for successful futures. The Early Childhood Education program at LWTech follows the standards set for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Learn from Faculty & Mentors

Experienced instructors work with Early Childhood Education students, both inside and outside the classroom setting, as mentors assisting them in professional application of age-appropriate best practices. The program is designed for students who are interested in working with young children and their families. Early Childhood Education students at LWTech:

  • Learn theory, current research, and best practices.
  • Obtain a solid foundation for all coursework in a supportive environment.
  • Gain experience inside and outside a classroom setting.
  • Develop a solid foundation for working in a variety of early learning settings.

Career Opportunities

When you complete the Early Childhood Education program, you will be ready for employment in a wide range of settings. Graduates find employment in preschools, childcare facilities, Head Start programs and family child care. Some graduates may pursue careers in management as directors or program supervisors. 

The AAS degree and certificate coursework is designed to allow students to meet the requirements for various levels of entry into the field of early childhood education. 

Please contact Shanti Connors for more information about Early Achievers Scholarships. To meet the Early Achievers requirements you must:

  • Complete the application. 
  • Be a Washington state resident.
  • Be employed at an Early Achievers Childcare Facility (10 hours/week; 40 hours/month; min. 3 months).
  • Plan to pursue an Early Childhood Education Certificate or AA degree.

Admission Requirements

Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.

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Gainful Employment

Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 require institutions to report aggregated information for students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). These regulations include the disclosure of tuition and fees, books and supplies, on-campus room and board, number of students completing the program, median student loan debt, and job placement rates which must be available to all prospective students. Below lists disclosures for Title IV eligible certificates offered within this academic program. Please visit LWTech's Gainful Employment page for more details.