Early Childhood Education - Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

Associate in Early Childhood Education

Program Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Promote child development and learning by using their understanding of young children's characteristics and needs to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for children of all abilities.
  2. Build and value diverse family and community relationships and support by demonstrating their understanding of the importance and complex characteristics of children's families and communities.
  3. Observe, document and assess young children and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children's development.
  4. Graduates will use Developmentally Effective Approaches:
    a. Connect with children and families by knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
    b. Use developmentally effective approaches by knowing, understanding, and using a wide array of approaches, strategies, and tools to positively influence children's development and learning.
    c. Utilize content knowledge in early education by applying the essential concepts, inquiry tools, and academic subjects; and use resources to deepen their understanding.
    d. Design, implement, and evaluate relevant, challenging, and responsive curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for young children of all cultures.
    e. Identify, explain, and apply appropriate guidance techniques and theories as an important classroom management tool.
    f. Identify, explain, and apply nutrition, health and safety practices and procedures appropriate for use when teaching young children.
  5. Graduates will be engaged as members of the Early Childhood profession and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.
  • Information Competency:
    Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology toengage in lifelong learning.
  • Effective Communication:
    Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.
  • Multiculturalism: 
    Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures and experiences, and develop the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to understand and work with others who differ from themselves.

Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes

  • Communication:
    Graduates identify, analyze, and evaluate rhetorical strategies in one's own and other's writing in order to communicate effectively.
  • Humanities:
    Graduates acquire skills to critically interpret, analyze and evaluate forms of human expression, and create and perform as an expression of the human experience.
  • Social Sciences:
    Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.
  • Natural Sciences:
    Graduates use the scientific method to analyze natural phenomena and acquire skills to evaluate authenticity of data/information relative to the natural world.
  • Computational Skills:
    Graduates will acquire skills that emphasize conceptual understanding, connections among topics, and communication of mathematical thinking for the interpretation and solution of problems related to teaching in Early Childhood Education.

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Initial Certificate in Early Childhood Education

The Initial Certificate may be a point of entry or a continuation of professional development from the Level 1 Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals. This 12 credit course package teaches to and assesses for the competencies comparable to the Child Development Associate (CDA). Unlike the CDA, there is no assessment fee or renewal requirement; rather the Initial Certificate is the first "stackable certificate" providing a foundation for the ECE State Credential and Associate degree. After completion, students are on Step 5 of the state Career Lattice.

Each of the courses selected for this certificate without exception include content and skill development in three competency areas:

  1. Addressing the needs and assets of children with exceptionalities
  2. Observation, reflection, and assessment
  3. Cultural relevancy and responsiveness

The program is designed to prepare students to work with young children and parents in a variety of settings. Classes help adults increase their understanding of the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of children and to apply developmentally appropriate guidance and curriculum methods to meet the individual and group needs of children and their families.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Connect with children and families by knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
  2. Identify, explain, and apply appropriate guidance techniques and theories as an important classroom management tool.
  3. Graduates will identify, explain, and apply nutrition, health and safety practices and procedures appropriate for use when teaching young children.
  4. Graduates will be engaged as members of the Early Childhood profession and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will be able to question, search for answers and meaning, and develop beliefs that lead to action.

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Short Certificate of Specialization: Early Childhood Education (General)

The Short Certificate builds on the Initial Certificate as the second "stackable certificate". At this point developing professionals have 5 choices: ECE General, Infant-Toddler Care, School-Age Care, Family Child Care, and ECE Administration. All Short Certificates provide foundation for the ECE Credential and Associate degree and put students on Step 6 of the state Career Lattice upon completion.

Each of the courses selected for this certificate without exception include content and skill development in three competency areas:

  1. Addressing the needs and assets of children with exceptionalities
  2. Observation, reflection, and assessment
  3. Cultural relevancy and responsiveness

Generalists are prepared to work with children from birth to age eight and their families. They provide both care and education in a classroom or home-based setting. Classes help adults increase their understanding of the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of children and to apply developmentally appropriate guidance and curriculum methods to meet the individual and group needs of children and their families.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Observe, document and assess young children and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children's development.
  2. Connect with children and families by knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
  3. Identify, explain, and apply appropriate guidance techniques and theories as an important classroom management tool.
  4. Identify, explain, and apply nutrition, health and safety practices and procedures appropriate for use when teaching young children.
  5. Be engaged as members of the Early Childhood profession and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will be able to question, search for answers and meaning, and develop beliefs that lead to action.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to respond by examining the relationship between self, community, and environments, evaluating potential impacts and consequences of actions, and making choices and contributions based on that examination and evaluation.

Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes:

  • Social Sciences:
    Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.

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Short Certificate of Specialization: Infant & Toddler Care

The Short Certificate builds on the Initial Certificate as the second "stackable certificate". At this point developing professionals have 5 choices: ECE General, Infant-Toddler Care, School-Age Care, Family Child Care, and ECE Administration. All Short Certificates provide foundation for the ECE Credential and Associate degree and put students on Step 6 of the state Career Lattice upon completion.

Each of the courses selected for this certificate without exception include content and skill development in three competency areas:

  1. Addressing the needs and assets of children with exceptionalities
  2. Observation, reflection, and assessment
  3. Cultural relevancy and responsiveness

Infant-Toddler Specialists work with young children from birth to age 3 in a variety of early care and education programs. It is the responsibility of the Infant-Toddler Specialist to both nurture and provide developmentally appropriate education in safe, supportive environments. The primary role of the specialist is to build relationships with the child and the child's family members. The specialist recognizes and honors the culture and needs of the families in all aspects of the program.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Observe, document and assess young children and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children's development.
  2. Connect with children and families by knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
  3. Use developmentally effective approaches by knowing, understanding, and using a wide array of approaches, strategies, and tools to positively influence children's development and learning.
  4. Identify, explain, and apply appropriate guidance techniques and theories as an important classroom management tool.
  5. Identify, explain, and apply nutrition, health and safety practices and procedures appropriate for use when teaching young children.
  6. Be engaged as members of the Early Childhood profession and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will be able to question, search for answers and meaning, and develop beliefs that lead to action.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to respond by examining the relationship between self, community, and environments, evaluating potential impacts and consequences of actions, and making choices and contributions based on that examination and evaluation.

Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes:

  • Social Sciences:
    Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.

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Short Certificate of Specialization: School-Age Care

The Short Certificate builds on the Initial Certificate as the second "stackable certificate". At this point developing professionals have 5 choices: ECE General, Infant-Toddler Care, School-Age Care, Family Child Care, and ECE Administration. All Short Certificates provide foundation for the ECE Credential and Associate degree and put students on Step 6 of the state Career Lattice upon completion.

Each of the courses selected for this certificate without exception include content and skill development in three competency areas:

  1. Addressing the needs and assets of children with exceptionalities
  2. Observation, reflection, and assessment
  3. Cultural relevancy and responsiveness
School-Age Care Professionals work with children ages 5-12 in a variety of settings in family child care homes, profit or non-profit centers, public schools, and community centers. It is the responsibility of the School-Age Care Professional to support individual children/youth and provide developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant activities in safe/healthy environments. Key to success is building partnerships with family members, effectively managing programs, and reaching out into the larger community.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Promote child development and learning by using their understanding of young children's characteristics and needs to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for children of all abilities.
  2. Observe, document and assess young children and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children's development.
  3. Connect with children and families by knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
  4. Identify, explain, and apply appropriate guidance techniques and theories as an important classroom management tool.
  5. Identify, explain, and apply nutrition, health and safety practices and procedures appropriate for use when teaching young children.
  6. Be engaged as members of the Early Childhood profession and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will be able to question, search for answers and meaning, and develop beliefs that lead to action.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to respond by examining the relationship between self, community, and environments, evaluating potential impacts and consequences of actions, and making choices and contributions based on that examination and evaluation.

Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes:

  • Social Sciences:
    Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.

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Short Certificate of Specialization: Family Child Care

The Short Certificate builds on the Initial Certificate as the second "stackable certificate". At this point developing professionals have 5 choices: ECE General, Infant-Toddler Care, School-Age Care, Family Child Care, and ECE Administration. All Short Certificates provide foundation for the ECE Credential and Associate degree and put students on Step 6 of the state Career Lattice upon completion.

Each of the courses selected for this certificate without exception include content and skill development in three competency areas:

  1. Addressing the needs and assets of children with exceptionalities
  2. Observation, reflection, and assessment
  3. Cultural relevancy and responsiveness

Family home providers serve as the business manager and children's caregiver in a home based business. With or without assistants most providers care for a mixed age range from infants to age 12 on a daily basis; other providers serve a limited age group. In managing the home based business the provider maintains all records and manages the budget. In the caregiver role, the provider plans and carries out activities that meet the needs and interests of the children. It is crucial that the caregiver maintains a safe, clean and healthy environment and provides nutritious meals and snacks. Developing partnerships with families is key.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Observe, document and assess young children and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children's development.
  2. Connect with children and families by knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
  3. Identify, explain, and apply appropriate guidance techniques and theories as an important classroom management tool.
  4. Identify, explain, and apply nutrition, health and safety practices and procedures appropriate for use when teaching young children.
  5. Be engaged as members of the Early Childhood profession and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will be able to question, search for answers and meaning, and develop beliefs that lead to action.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to respond by examining the relationship between self, community, and environments, evaluating potential impacts and consequences of actions, and making choices and contributions based on that examination and evaluation.

Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes:

  • Social Sciences:
    Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.

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Short Certificate of Specialization: Administration

The Short Certificate builds on the Initial Certificate as the second "stackable certificate". At this point developing professionals have 5 choices: ECE General, Infant-Toddler Care, School-Age Care, Family Child Care, and ECE Administration. All Short Certificates provide foundation for the ECE Credential and Associate degree and put students on Step 6 of the state Career Lattice upon completion.

Each of the courses selected for this certificate without exception include content and skill development in three competency areas:

  1. Addressing the needs and assets of children with exceptionalities
  2. Observation, reflection, and assessment
  3. Cultural relevancy and responsiveness

Administrators of Early Learning programs in general are responsible for the overall management of the program's facility and operation; ensuring the program follows minimum licensing requirements, accreditation standards, or other formal / informal standards. The role of administrator or director requires knowledge and skills both in early childhood education/ development and in business practices. The job includes all aspects of program and people management and leadership in order to bring the best to children, families, staff members and the larger community.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Observe, document and assess young children and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children's development.
  2. Connect with children and families by knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
  3. Identify, explain, and apply appropriate guidance techniques and theories as an important classroom management tool.
  4. Identify, explain, and apply nutrition, health and safety practices and procedures appropriate for use when teaching young children.
  5. Be engaged as members of the Early Childhood profession and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will be able to question, search for answers and meaning, and develop beliefs that lead to action.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to respond by examining the relationship between self, community, and environments, evaluating potential impacts and consequences of actions, and making choices and contributions based on that examination and evaluation.

Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes:

  • Social Sciences:
    Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.

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State Credential in Early Childhood Education

The ECE Certificate or State Credential is the benchmark for mastery of Level 2 Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals. The 47 credit "stackable certificate" requires Math and English as foundation for the next step, an Associate degree in ECE. Students who achieve this benchmark are on Step 7 of the state Career Lattice.

Each of the courses selected for this certificate without exception include content and skill development in three competency areas:

  1. Addressing the needs and assets of children with exceptionalities
  2. Observation, reflection, and assessment
  3. Cultural relevancy and responsiveness

The program is designed to prepare students to work with young children and parents in a variety of settings. Classes help adults increase their understanding of the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of children and to apply developmentally appropriate guidance and curriculum methods to meet the individual and group needs of children and their families.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Build and value diverse family and community relationships and support by demonstrating their understanding of the importance and complex characteristics of children's families and communities.
  2. Observe, document and assess young children and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children's development.
  3. Connect with children and families by knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
  4. Use developmentally effective approaches by knowing, understanding, and using a wide array of approaches, strategies, and tools to positively influence children's development and learning.
  5. Utilize content knowledge in early education by applying the essential concepts, inquiry tools, and academic subjects; and use resources to deepen their understanding.
  6. Identify, explain, and apply appropriate guidance techniques and theories as an important classroom management tool.
  7. Identify, explain, and apply nutrition, health and safety practices and procedures appropriate for use when teaching young children.
  8. Be engaged as members of the Early Childhood profession and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions.

  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.
  • Information Competency:
    Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Effective Communication:
    Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.
  • Multiculturalism: 
    Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures and experiences, and develop the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to understand and work with others who differ from themselves.

Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes

  • Communication:
    Graduates identify, analyze, and evaluate rhetorical strategies in one's own and other's writing in order to communicate effectively.
  • Social Sciences:
    Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.
  • Computational Skills:
    Graduates will acquire skills that emphasize conceptual understanding, connections among topics, and communication of mathematical thinking for the interpretation and solution of problems related to teaching in Early Childhood Education.

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Krissy Kim
Director of Education Programs
253-964-6542
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Greg Brazell
Dean Social Sciences & Business
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Maidie Rosengarden
Assistant Professor
253-964-6490

Martha Kelly
P/T Instructor
253-964-6570

Ann Hayes-Garcia
Program Coordinator
253-964-6691

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