Early Childhood Education

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree prepares students for a rewarding career planning, implementing, and evaluating quality programs for young children. The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) builds upon the skills and knowledge developed in the AAS program and prepares students for leadership roles in Early Childhood Education. 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

Learn more about the BAS and AAS Degree Requirements

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. 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. BAS graduates may pursue careers in management as directors or program supervisors.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the associate degree is open to all students. Admission to the applied bachelor's degree is competitive. See the below requirements for admissions information and requirements for the associate and applied bachelor's degree programs.

Applied Bachelor's Degree

Entry into this program requires completion of the general admission application, as well as the application to the BAS in Early Childhood Education.

Application Process and Selection

Complete the online application, including:

  • Personal information
  • Course completion self-reporting form*
  • Current resume
  • One-page cover letter describing your interest in serving in leadership roles in early childhood education
  • $50 non-refundable application fee

Request official transcripts from every college attended even if you did not earn your associate degree from that college (include agency assessed transcript if from a foreign institution). Transcripts should be mailed to: LWTech BAS ECE Admissions, 11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034. If you attended or currently attend LWTech, you do not need to request a transcript from the college.

Note: Students who have not completed the required applied associate degree, general education requirements, and/or technical course requirements, and have no more than 30 credits remaining, must submit a written plan for completion. Please list the classes that you will take, where, and when you will take them. This is required for your application to be considered complete. Students who have not met the requirement of an applied associate degree, general education requirements, and/or technical course requirements can be granted conditional admission to the BAS in ECE program. Priority for acceptance will be given to applicants with all requirements completed.

If applications exceed available space, selection will be based on:

  1. date application was received and
  2. cumulative GPA.

BAS Information Sessions

Associate Degree

Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.


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

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