Dec 03, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalog SVC 
2021-2022 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Early Childhood Education, AAS


The Early Childhood Education (ECED) program prepares students for positions working with young children and families in a variety of early care and education settings. Graduates of an early childhood education degree are often employed as lead teachers, family home visitors, or administrators in childcare, head start, early childhood education and assistance program (ECEAP), and preschool programs. Courses meet the criteria addressed in the national association for the education of young children (NAEYC) standards for early childhood professional preparation.

Sample Career Options

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Childcare Worker
  • Education Administrator, Preschool & Childcare Center/Program

Degree Intent and Transfer Options

Upon completion, Workforce degrees and/or certificates are intended to give students the skills needed to move directly into employment. While these degrees are not intended to transfer to a university, students will be eligible to apply for admissions to Skagit Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science - Applied Management (BASAM) degree  and in some cases, could transfer to other schools. If you are interested in continuing your education by entering a bachelor’s degree program, please work closely with your Academic Advisor and Department Chair.

Program Map

Program Maps are an integral part of the Planning Guide. Each Program Map includes a recommended quarterly sequence of courses for a full-time student to earn this degree within two years. The courses align with the appropriate number of credits to meet degree requirements and is designed to help you create an individualized, customized Educational Plan, required of all SVC students. Please consult with an SVC Advisor to schedule courses and develop your personal Educational Plan.

90 credits

First Year

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 16

Second Year

Total Credits: 15

Winter Quarter

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 14


∆ Accepted academic electives include: ART& 100 , ART 142 , ART 143 , ART 144 ; ASTR& 101 ; BIOL& 100 , BIOL 105 , BIOL 133 ; EASC 102 , EASC 111 ; GEOL& 101 , GEOL& 110 , GEOL& 208 ; MUSC 100 , MUSC 127 ; MUSC& 141 ; NASC 100 ; NUTR& 101 OCEA& 101 ; PHYS 111 . For a complete course list, please see the department chair.

∞ Specialization, choose one 3-credit class from the following: ECED& 132 , ECED& 134 ECED& 139 , or ECED& 170 .

* Electives (total of 3 credits).

† Students who do not receive an appropriate test score will require additional coursework to develop necessary skills for entry into class.