Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Early childhood educators support the growth and development of children from birth to age 8 in a variety of early learning settings that include preschools, center-based and home-based child care programs, Head Start, ECEAP, infant and toddler learning environments, and school-age classes.

Teachers play an important role in the lives of children and their families in our community. Gain the skills and knowledge in this growing field that applies professionally based best practices to quality early experiences of young children. Join this challenging and rewarding field as an educator, advocate, and leader in the present and future success of children!

Make a Difference to Children and Families

Opportunities at Edmonds Community College

  • Gain knowledge and develop career skills towards a one-year certificate or two-year degree.
  • Flexible course of study — both day and evening classes are available; attend as a part-time or full-time student and begin any quarter.
  • Courses are designed to be meaningful for individuals from a range of backgrounds and differing levels of past experiences with young children.
  • Take classes that will transfer to a four-year school in preparation to pursue a Washington state teaching credential and a career in elementary education.
  • If you were in progress on the elementary education degree that transfers to many four-year colleges, please note it was eliminated by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges at the end of Winter quarter 2014. Please contact an advisor to explore your options.

You will learn

  • hands-on skills and practical applications;
  • to work in partnership with parents;
  • professionally defined best practices;
  • to become a child development specialist;
  • skills of advocacy and leadership on behalf of children and families; and
  • the use of reflection, observation, and decision making to guide your actions.