Early Childhood Education - AAS-T

Associate in Applied Science -- T

Credits: 99-101  |   Length of Program: 6 quarters

Subject: Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education - Associate in Applied Science - T

Early Childhood Education is the systematic study of the care, development and education of children from birth to age eight. Students gain the knowledge and competency necessary for a professional career working with young children. The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education is designed to transfer to four year colleges and universities. This program differs from the Early Childhood Education AAS by offering more general education courses as part of the core requirements, making it more transferable to colleges and universities. This degree will only transfer in full to the colleges and universities who choose to articulate with South Puget Sound Community College. Please see faculty in this area for an updated list of articulations.



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Career Opportunities

Graduates with an AAS-T degree can qualify for positions as preschool teacher, child care director, child care program supervisor, child care provider, non-certified early childhood teacher, or elementary school classroom aide/paraeducator and may transfer to articulated four year college and university degree programs such as Early Childhood, Human Development and Social Services. This degree transfers to BAS programs in teacher education for those that want to earn a teaching certificate and teach in the K-12 classrooms. These BAS programs are especially designed to give students an endorsement in Early Childhood along with their primary certificate making them highly qualified to teach in Preschool through third grade classrooms. See ECE Faculty for more information. Graduates may be employed by child care centers, cooperative preschools, family child care homes, parks and recreation departments, private preschools, public schools and state and federally funded preschools. See Society, Services & Education » Early Childhood Education for more career and employment information.

Program Outcomes

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation (www.naeyc.org) and the Washington State Department of Early Learning Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals (www.del.wa.gov)


Length of Program

The Early Childhood Education AAS-T degree can be completed in three years attending evenings only or in two years with a combination of day and evening courses. The majority of ECED and EDUC courses meet in the evening. Practicums (ECED& 120, ECED 205 and ECED 250) require daytime hours.

Application Process / How to Apply

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Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion for the Early Childhood Education Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Critically thinking in order to analyze, evaluate and solve problems using multiple methodologies
  • Having multicultural awareness thru exhibiting an understanding of the ways economic, political, social, and culture factors impact identity and interactions
  • Computation through identification, understanding and communicating the differences between quantitative and qualitative date and be able to explain results
  • Demonstrating ethics through identifying complex ethical issues and recognizing and evaluating interrelationships of related issues
  • Communicating effectively through written and verbal communications skills
Ed Plan / Class List
General Education Requirements


ENGL&101 English Composition I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops writing skills by focusing on strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas, evaluate information, make a point, and participate in multiple discourse communities. Emphasizes both the process and the product of writing. This course was formerly known as WRIT 101, College Writing I. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test scores OR appropriate completion of ENGL 095, ENGL 095X, or ENGL 098 OR concurrent enrollment in ENGL 110 with instructor's permission.
ENGL&102 Composition II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops reading, writing and critical thinking skills at the advanced level. Teaches how to write academic papers by conducting research; analyzing, evaluating and constructing arguments; documenting sources and using appropriate writing conventions. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL& 101 with a "C" or better.


MATH&107 Math in Society 5 Credits Search Schedule
Explores a variety of mathematical topics presenting mathematics as a form of art and as a tool for understanding the world around us. Designed for non-science majors. Specific topics may be drawn from geometry, number theory, set theory, and the history of mathematics. Prerequisite: MATH 095 with a "C" or better or appropriate placement.
MATH&146 Introduction to Statistics 5 Credits Search Schedule
Covers basic probability, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: MATH 096 with a "C" or better or appropriate placement.


10 Credits in HUMANITIES

Natural Sciences

EARTH106 The Earth in Time and Space 5 Credits Search Schedule
Integrates major elements of astronomy, oceanography, and geology in describing the place of the Earth in space and time. This lecture-demonstration course is intended for non-science AA degree candidates and is particularly appropriate for students planning to transfer in elementary education. Prerequisite: None.
Or Other lab class from the General Education List


Diversity Requirement 
Diversity-designated courses at South Puget Sound Community College provide opportunities for students to develop awareness of their own social and cultural identities, seek understanding of others, and cultivate skills to communicate across cultures and differences. All programs require the completion of a diversity course.


Effective Catalog Year 2020-2021

Additional Information

Graduation Requirements for AAS-T in ECE: 94 credits in courses numbered 100 or above from ECED/EDUC course offerings and the General Education requirements available in Building 22 or at spscc.edu/start.

State Stackable State Certificate Requirements
Prerequisite for Short Certificate of Specialization:  Completed Initial Certificate
Prerequisite for State Early Childhood Education Certificate:  Completed Initial Certificate and Short Certificate of Specialization

If any of the required courses have been waived, select courses with the assistance of an advisor to complete the 94-credit minimum requirement.

Program Information
The Early Childhood Education AAS-T degree can be completed in three years attending evenings only or in two years with a combination of day and evening courses.  The majority of ECED and EDUC courses meet in the evening.  Practicums (ECED& 120, ECED 205 and ECED 250) require daytime hours.  Many ECED and EDUC courses require observation hours in addition to class time.  See course outlines for details.  Students can enter the program any quarter but are strongly encouraged to start with the Initial State Certificate and meet with an ECE advisor for detailed information necessary for planning their degree.  Contact (360) 596-5378 for advising day information.

  1. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should work closely with an advisor to ensure maximum transfer of credits.
  2. ECED& 107 requires CPR/First Aid and a Food Handlers Cards be obtained while taking this class.
  3. To successfully complete the practicum experiences in ECED& 120, ECED 205 and ECED 250, students will volunteer in a Head Start, school or child care center which will require a Department of Early Learning portable background check and  requires a tuberculosis test.
  4. ECED/EDUC courses may be taken in any order, except ECED 205, ECED 250 and ECED 238. It is recommended but not necessary to take ECED& 105 first.  It is recommended but not necessary to get the ECE stackable certificates while obtaining your ECE degree. 
  5. “C” or better must be obtained in all courses with an EDUC or ECED prefix to apply to the ECE degree or certificate.
  6. It is possible to receive up to 12 credits toward the degree for students having a Child Development Associate (C.D.A.) credential.  See advisor for details.
  7. An alternative pathway is the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree which can be used as an upside down pathway to enter The Evergreen State College.
Revision Date: 
March 17, 2020