Early Childhood Education

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Program Overview

Degrees & Certificates

Two-year degree for students who want to start a career immediately after graduation.

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  • Credits to complete: 90.0
  • Estimated program length in quarters: Full Time - 6 | Part Time - 11 to 12

During NSC campus closure due to COVID-19, Early Childhood Education (ECE) advisors will still be available for scheduled appointments through both Zoom and phone. You can schedule an appointment with your advisor by logging into Starfish, by emailing eceinfo@seattlecolleges.edu or calling our office at (206) 934-4566.

Early Childhood Education Opportunities

Young children need high quality, well-educated teachers. Families need caring, informed advocates. Become an early childhood professional by enrolling in North's ECE programs. North's Early Childhood Education pathway includes statewide stackable certificates, an Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree and a Bachelor of Applied Science. Start with the new Early Childhood Initial Certificate.

Whether you are new to the field of Early Childhood Education, or bring decades of experience with you, the Early Childhood Education program at North Seattle College will provide you with valuable training and insight into child development and family support. Our curriculum is rooted in anti-bias education, current child development research and family centered practice.

The program is designed for students who already work full-time, so classes are offered in evenings and weekends and online. We have multiple pathways for those with limited English proficiency, including I-BEST and classes taught in Somali, Arabic, Spanish and Oromo.

Because you don't have to follow a set course sequence, you can choose classes that best fit your schedule and specific needs. We offer prior learning assessment for students who bring significant professional experience or training in a specific area and wish to substitute it for a specific course.

Professional & Educational Advancement

You can complete the AAS degree in as little as 2 years, although many students extend this time because they are working and balancing other responsibilities. 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. Graduates

also go on to coach, work as family support specialists, curriculum specialists, or take on other roles in the field. 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 program.

If you plan to continue your education, the AAS degree can be a valuable stepping stone. It transfers in to North’s BAS in Early Childhood Education, and potentially to other applied bachelor’s degrees. The pathway can continue from a BAS to a Masters in Teaching, or Master’s in Education.

Solid Curriculum

Our program is rooted in anti-bias, applied learning. This means we recognize and address systemic racism and how it impacts the children and families we work with. We are applied, which means students reflection their practice and learn strategies they can implement in their practice immediately.

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

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.