Apr 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog SVC 
2023-2024 Catalog SVC

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 admission to Skagit Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science - Management (BASM) 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

Spring Quarter

Total Credits: 16

Second Year


∞ 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.