Early Childhood Careers

This program prepares students for the care and early education of young children. They will study how to design a curriculum, create positive learning environments, provide developmentally appropriate activities, and respect and accommodate cultural differences. Students must complete an internship at a childcare center as part of the program.


Enrollment Point: Quarterly, online option


Certificate of Completion: 
2 or 3 Quarters
12-65 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
5 Quarters
90 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
6 Quarters
102-112 Credits
Bachelor of Applied Science: 
N/A
N/A

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
$28,100
Projected Growth: 
17%
Annual Job Openings: 
19,940

These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit careerinfo.net

Tuition

At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.

Scholarships

The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.


All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Barbara Culler


Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Instructor permission.
  • Minimum age: 18 years, or Running Start student.
  • High school diploma, GED, or Running Start.
  • Must take the Accuplacer test before entering the program or being placed on the pre-registration list.
  • Ability to pass the Washington State Patrol Criminal Background Check prior to internship.

Course Information

Initial Certificate

Certificate of Completion - 12 credits

 

Quarter 1
 
Course # Course Title Credits
ECED&105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED&107 Health, Safety, Nutrition 5
ECED&120 Practicum - Nurturing Relationships 2

Short Term Certificate

Certificate of Completion - 20 credits

The Short Term Certificate stacks on the Initial Certificate.

Course # Course Title Credits
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
 
Or
 
Course # Course Title Credits
ECED& 132 Infant Toddler 3
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
Or
 
Course # Course Title Credits
EDUC& 136 School Age Care Management 3
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
Or
 
Course # Course Title Credits
ECED& 134 Family Child Care Management 3
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
Or
 
Course # Course Title Credits
ECED& 139 Administration of Early Learning 3
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5

State Certificate

Certificate of Completion - 47 credits

The State Certificate stacks on the Short Term Certificate.

Course # Course Title Credits
EDUC& 150 Child, Family and Community 3
ECED& 160 Curriculum Development I 5
ECED& 170 Environments for Young Children 3
ECED& 180 Language and Literacy Development 3
ECED& 190 Observation and Assessment 3
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
AMATH 175 Applied Math 5
 
 

RTC Certificate

Certificate of Completion - 65 credits

The RTC Certificate stacks on the State Certificate.

Course # Course Title Credits
ECC 202 Technology for Teachers 4
ECC 192 Practicum II 4
ECC 193 Practicum III 4
ECED& 160 Curriculum I 5
ECED& 170 Environments for Young Children 3
EDUC& 203 Exceptional Child 3
ECC 120 Culture and Diversity 3
 
 
Associate of Applied Science Degree - 90 credits

Students wishing to pursue their AAS degree must take the Early Childhood core courses for the Certificate of Completion program, as well as those listed below:

Course # Course Title Credits
CMST& 101 Intro to Communication 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
 
Plus one of the following series of three classes:
 
CHCAS 125 Child Development Associate I 5
CHCAS 126 Child Development Associate II 5
CHCAS 127 Child Development Associate III 5
Or
 
ECCS 201 Management of Childcare Programs - Working with Adults 5
ECCS 203 Management of Childcare Programs - Managing Quality Programs 5
ECCS 204 Management of Childcare Programs - Financial Management 5
Or
 
ECC 290 Implementing DAP, Anti-Bias and Effective Communication 5
ECC 185 Curriculum II 5
ECC 250 Early Childhood Capstone 5
Associate Transfer Degree (AAS-T)
Associate of Applied Science Transfer Degree - 105-120** credits

The Associate of Applied Science Transfer Degree (AAS-T) stacks on the Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Additional Course Requirements for AAS-T Degree:
 
CMST& 101 Intro to Communication 5
ENGL& 102 Writing from Research 5
SOC& 101 Survey of Sociology 5
 
Plus one of the following:
 
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
PSYC& 200 Developmental Psychology 5
Plus one of the following:
 
ENGL& 111 Introduction to Literature 5
MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation 5
Plus one of the following:
 
MATH& 107 Contemporary Mathematics 5
MATH& 141 Precalculus I 5
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5

**May need to take Math classes that lead up to the required Math classes. Stair stepping math is indicated by COMPASS test scores.
MATH 075 Pre-Algebra 5
MATH 085 Beginning Algebra 5
MATH 095 Intermediate Algebra 5

 

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Early Childhood Careers Program:

  • Create a nurturing caring learning environment for each child
  • Develop and implement age appropriate programs that meet individual and group needs
  • Promote positive relationships with families
  • Apply health and safety standards
  • Demonstrate positive work ethic

Accreditation

This program meets the Washington State Licensing Requirements for program supervisors, teachers and/or directors.

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