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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 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: For more information go to their web page at

Program Options

  • Initial Certificate
  • Short Term Certificate
  • State Certificate
  • RTC Certificate
  • Associate Degree
  • Associate Transfer Degree

Other Program Info:


Barbara Culler
(425) 235-2202

Program Length:
  • Initial Certificate - 1 quarter
  • Short Term Certificate - 2 quarters
  • State Certificate - 3 quarters
  • RTC Certificate - 4 quarters
  • Associate Degree - 6 quarters
  • Associate Transfer Degree - 6 quarters
Day Program:
  • Classroom instruction at RTC: Monday-Friday - 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM; Internship or ECE employment required: 15 hours per week.
Online Option
  • Online instruction with 3 required face to face classes.
Estimated Costs:
  • Tuition: 4,825.00-9,000.00
  • Supplies: $300.00
  • Enrollment occurs quarterly.  Consult a counselor for details.