Early Childhood Education

Announcing NEW Early Childhood Education Opportunities

Young children need high quality, well educated teachers. Become a professional early childhood educator by training in North's new ECE curriculum. You can work toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in ECE by enrolling in a series of stackable certificates. Start with the new Early Childhood Initial Certificate. The full curriculum changes/new certificates are available now!

Whether you're a novice or a seasoned preschool teacher, the Early Childhood Education program at North Seattle College will provide you with valuable training and insight into how children learn. The program is designed for students who already work full-time, so classes are offered in the late afternoons, evenings and weekends. Because you don't have to follow a set course sequence, you can choose classes that best fit your schedule and specific interests.

North's Early Childhood Education program offers an Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree and a new series of stackable certificates.

Professional & Educational Advancement

You can complete the AAS degree in 2 years, although many students take 3 to 4 years because they also work full-time. With an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education, you will be qualified to serve as a lead teacher for Head Start, childcare organizations and private preschools. And because many local schools recruit from our program, you'll have an edge when you look for employment.

Students enrolling in the program or taking classes for their own professional development should have access to early childhood settings and preschool-aged children for at least three hours per week. Observations of children and their environments is a requirement of the ECE Curriculum.

If you plan to continue your education, the AAS degree can be a valuable stepping stone. Evergreen State College accepts professional and technical credits from North for their BA degree in Early Childhood Education. City University works with North to accommodate transfers. Seattle Central  Community College's BAS degree is an option for those with the AAS degree or ECE certificate. And North has an agreement with Mayville State University in North Dakota to honor credits from North toward the BA in early childhood education and then the BSEd. We are constantly developing new partnerships with colleges and universities to ensure that our students have quality and convenient options to continue their education.

Solid Curriculum

North Seattle College offers common courses in Early Childhood Education that can be transferred to other two-year schools. We offer the 12-credit State Initial Certificate in Early Childhood Education, which can be earned in one quarter, the 8-credit State Short Certificate that builds upon the Initial Certificate, and the 27-credit State Certificate that builds upon the Initial and State certificates.

These stackable certificates can lead to our AAS in Early Childhood Education, which requires 90 credits, or 43 in addition to the Stackable Certificates.

Associated Degrees
  • Student Advisor
  • Darline Guerrero
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  • Program Coordinator
  • Samantha Dolan
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  • (206) 934-4625
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  • Workforce Instruction Division
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  • Division Contacts
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  • Dean
  • Laura Hopkins