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Early Childhood Careers

The Early Childhood Careers program prepares students for the care and early education of young children.  Through classroom instruction and practical experience, this program builds the foundation for teaching and working effectively with children birth to age eight.  Students gain skills necessary for designing curriculum, creating positive learning environments, and providing developmentally appropriate activities while taking into consideration culturally relevant and anti-bias practices.  Students are required to complete an internship at a childcare center or in early childhood facilities where students may currently be employed.  This program meets the Washington State Licensing Requirements for program supervisor and/or director.

The Evening Hybrid option offers students more flexibility by offering classes in a block format, allowing individuals to take as many courses as they are able in a quarter. Students may choose to take one, two or three blocks of classes this quarter. Instruction permission is required. This class has an online component that meets at www.RTC.edu/programs/online. Internet access with current e-mail and Adobe Reader required.

A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion of core course requirements.  Both Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Applied Science-Transfer  degrees are available to students completing additional General Education and technical course work. 

Washington Scholarships for Child Care Professionals (formerly the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Washington) is a program that helps early childhood professionals pay for a college education through community and technical colleges in early childhood education. They also help pay for Child Development Associates (C.D.A.) credential application fees. For information about the program or to obtain a scholarship application, please call the toll-free number, 1-866-308-3224, or e-mail: scholarships@childcarenet.org. For more information go to their web page at http://www.childcarenet.org/providers/scholarships

Program Options

  • Certificate of Completion
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Associate of Applied Science-Transfer Degree

Other Program Info:

 

Instructor:
Barbara Culler
bculler@rtc.edu
(425) 235-2202

Program Length:
  • Certificate = 3 quarters/51 credits  
  • AAS = 5 quarters/91 credits
  • AAS-T = 6 quarters/118+ credits
Day Program:
  • Classroom instruction at RTC: Monday-Friday - 12:45 PM - 3:00 PM; Internship or ECE employment required: 15 hours per week.

Instructor:
Ardene Niemer
aniemer@rtc.edu
(425) 235-2352 x5588

Program Length:
  • Certificate = 4 quarters/51 credits  
  • AAS = 6 quarters/91 credits
  • AAS-T = 7 quarters/118+ credits
Evening Hybrid Program:
  • Classroom instruction at RTC: Mondays and Wednesdays - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; Internship or ECE employment required: 15 hours per week.
Estimated Costs:
  • Tuition: 4,825.00-9,000.00
  • Supplies: $300.00
Enrollment:
  • Enrollment occurs quarterly.  Consult a counselor for details.