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Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

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 evening, weekend or online. NSC’S Early Childhood Education Program is built upon the Washington State Stackable Certificates, allowing students to complete certificates while working towards the AAS degree. Upon completion of the AAS degree, students interested in continuing their education are able to move into the Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Applied Science Degree.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) Full Time: 6
Part Time: 11 to 12

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

Program Pathway Map 

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.  

Early Childhood Education AAS Full Time Map

Early Childhood Education AAS Part Time Map


There are no entry requirements for this program

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Part Time

  • Resident Cost : $10,444.50
  • NonResident Cost : $11,814.30
  • International Student Cost : $26,920.80

Evening, weekends and online

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Online
  • Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Hybrid
  • Hybrid courses provide students with the scheduling flexibility of fewer campus visits while covering the same materials as an equivalent class held entirely on campus. Hybrid classes usually have at least one on-campus meeting per week combined with a "virtual classroom" with online content, lessons and activities.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Evening
  • Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.


Total Required General Education 10

Course Course ID Credits Availability

English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. PREREQ: Placement into ENGL&101.

ENGL&101 5.0

Course Substitute : Global Studies

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Total Required C/Q Elective credits: 5 MATH at 100 level or choose from course(s) listed below:

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Development of the accounting cycle and the preparation of financial statements for the sole proprietor for service and merchandising enterprises. Also includes special journals and payroll.

ACCT 110 5.0

Total Required HR Elective credits: 5 Choose from one of the following courses:

Course Course ID Credits Availability

This course teaches effective interpersonal communication skills. Students learn communication styles and effective ways to adapt communication to meet business needs. Through individual and group activities, students improve understanding of cultural diversity, non-verbal communication, and individual influences on communication. Techniques for making informal and formal business presentations are also covered. Careful preparation for the employment interview is emphasized.

BUS 236 5.0

Interdisciplinary focus on effective intercultural communication, including the role of language and history in creating and sustaining cultures. Emphasis on developing skills to identify cultural patterns and values as well as gaining critical tools to understand cultural diversity. Transfer Class.

HUM 105 5.0

Intro to the nation-state system, elements of power and major problems facing nation-states today including population, hunger, nuclear proliferation, energy, nationalism, and North-South/East-West relations.

POLS 112 5.0

Human interaction, social institutions, social stratification, socialization, deviance, social control, social and cultural change. Course content may vary, depending upon instructor. Transfer class.

SOC& 101 5.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

This course will examine the concept of multiculturalism and how it relates to the ECE classroom. Through dialogues, readings and projects, students will be able to assess their beliefs, teaching environment and style - in order to identify changes and promote respect for differences that accompany children and families.

CCE 240 3.0

Please see Advising for list of approved courses

ECE 219 5.0

Please see Advising for list of approved courses

ECE 222 5.0

Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals, and programs in action. This course requires the student to directly work/volunteer with children.

ECED&105 5.0

Develop knowledge and skills to ensure good health, nutrition, and safety of children in group care and education programs. Recognize the signs of abuse and neglect, learn about responsibilities for mandated reporting, and learn about available community resources. This course requires the student to directly work/volunteer with children outside of class time.

ECED&107 5.0

In an early learning setting, students will engage in establishing nurturing, supportive relationships with all children and professional peers. Focus on children's health & safety, promoting growth & development, and creating a culturally responsive environment. This course requires students to spend time in an early learning setting outside of class.

ECED&120 2.0

Examine the unique developmental needs of infants & toddlers. Study the role of the caregiver, relationships with families, developmentally appropriate practices, nurturing environments for infants & toddlers, and culturally relevant care. This course requires the student to directly work/volunteer with children outside of class time.

ECED&132 3.0

Develop administrative skills required to develop, open, operate, manage, and assess early childhood education and care programs. Explore techniques and resources available for Washington State licensing and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standard compliance. This course requires the student to directly work/volunteer with children.

ECED&139 3.0

Investigate learning theory, program planning, tools and methods for curriculum development promoting language, fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative skills and growth in children birth through age 8 utilizing developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive practice.

ECED&160 5.0

This class focuses on the adult's role in designing, evaluating, and improving indoor and outdoor environments that ensure quality learning and nurturing experiences, and optimize the development of young children. This course requires the student to directly work/volunteer with children.

ECED&170 3.0

Teaching strategies for language acquisition and literacy skill development are examined at each developmental stage (birth-age 8) through the four interrelated areas of speaking, listening, writing, and reading. This course requires the student to directly work/volunteer with children.

ECED&180 3.0

Collect and record observation and assessment data in order to plan for and support the child, the family, the group, and the community. Practice reflection techniques, summarizing conclusions, and communicating findings.

ECED&190 3.0

Build foundation for explaining how children develop in all domains, conception through early adolescence. Explore various developmental theories, methods for documenting growth, and impact of brain development. Topics and issues addressed: stress, trauma, culture, race, gender identity, socioeconomic status, family status, language, and health.

EDUC&115 5.0

Examine the principles and theories promoting social competence in young children and creating safe learning environments. Develop skills promoting effective interactions, providing positive individual guidance, and enhancing group experiences.

EDUC&130 3.0

Develop understanding about the family and community contexts in which a child develops. Explore cultures and demographics of families in society, community resources, strategies for involving families in the education of their child, and tools for effective communication. This course requires the student to directly work/volunteer with children outside of class time.

EDUC&150 3.0

Emphasizes diversity and a value-based approach to human exceptionality and disability. Focus on learning categories/names of disability, identification and diagnosis processes, associated characteristics, educational supports, and limitations in special education labels. Identifies social impact of human exceptionality on children, families and communities. A historical perspective covers the evolution of legislation addressing the needs and rights of children, 0-8, living with exceptionalities.

EDUC&203 3.0

Total Required Elective credits: 11 Select from the following courses:

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Credit range: 3 - 4
Total required credits: 4

Learn to lead music, not only for children's enjoyment, but also for the development of children's musical ability and creative self-expression. Class will explore the dimensions of presenting musical experiences that children naturally love.

CCE 145 4.0

Paint, draw and use clay to discover personal expression. After exploring these media themselves, class members review the components providing art experiences to young children, 3 to 8 years old. Class members conduct a series of art classes for children to practice facilitating children's self-expression in these fundamental art media. Contact the Health and Human Services Division at (206) 527-3783 for information.

CCE 195 3.0

Discover the joys of connecting young children with nature. Nature influences social skills, enhances learning, fuels imagination, instills a reverence for the environment and helps children with sensory integration deficit.

CCE 200 3.0

Credit range: 1 - 6
Total required credits: 1 - 6

Individualized program of study relating to specific problem or content area under faculty supervision. Credits based on work accomplished. Prereq: Permission.

CCE 261 6.0

Learn how to manage a family child care program. Topics include: licensing requirements, record-keeping, relationship building, communication strategies, guiding behavior, and promoting growth and development. Students must spend time in an early learning setting outside of class.

ECED&134 3.0

Develop skills to provide developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant activities and care, specifically: preparing the environment, implementing curriculum, building relationships, guiding academic/social skill development, and community outreach.

EDUC&136 3.0