Curriculum

The following is a list of courses included in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education curriculum. These courses will be hybrid (blend of in-person and online learning) with in-person classes offered two nights per week at Seattle Central College.

In addition to the 60 credits of upper-division courses listed on this page, students must complete 60 elective and 60 general education credits in order to complete the ECE B.A.S. degree. Elective and general education requirements can be fulfilled by associate degree or past college/university credits. Most students will already have the majority of electives completed upon entrance into the program. Meet with Program Manager Anne Garrett to see how your past credits fit in the ECE B.A.S. degree requirements.

INFO 300 Info Literacy/Underg/Res (2 credits)

Information Literacy for Undergraduate Research

Students will develop critical thinking skills in the research process and examine strategies for locating and using information resources. This course emphasizes proficiency using electronic resources and other research tools and retrieval techniques. The course explores information policy issues such as copyright, censorship and freedom of information.

ECE 305 ECE Approaches/History (3 credits)

Early Childhood Education Approaches and History

Students will synthesize changes in early care and education over time including the social, political and societal trends behind them. Using a historical approach, students will analyze key influences in the history of the field of early care and education and reflect upon the diversity embedded in this field. Additionally, students will observe and differentiate between models of early care and education. Students will incorporate these ideas into the development of their own teaching philosophy and recognize its importance to practice.

ECE 310 Cognition/Gen Knowledge (5 credits)

Cognition and General Knowledge

Students will demonstrate developmentally appropriate instruction of key content in early education, including science, math and reasoning. Students will apply learning theory to their instruction and design strategies to teach math and science content based on the understanding of cognition.

ECE 315 Lang/Literacy/Commun (5 credits)

Language, Literacy and Communication

Students will distinguish between different modalities pertaining to understanding literacy and the young child. Students will apply understanding of the processes through which children communicate by designing and demonstrating strategies to support them. Students will analyze emerging research on literacy and young children and develop instructional strategies that reflect current best practices.

ECE 320 Creative Expression (3 credits)

Creative Expression

Students will analyze the meaning of creativity using music, art, movement and imaginative play to promote development across domains (physical, cognitive, social-emotional). Students will examine different approaches to creativity, design curriculum incorporating creativity and demonstrate developmentally appropriate practices supporting creativity in the classroom.

ECE 350 Practicum: Interactions (4 credits)

Practicum: Interactions

Students will identify, discuss and apply best practices in teacher-child interactions. Students will improve instruction through reflection on their interactions with children. Students will use a coaching platform to receive feedback on their work from peers and instructors. Students will observe and critique interactions in a minimum of two programs serving different age groups.

ECE 355 Anti-Bias Education (3 credits)

Anti-Bias Education

Students will deconstruct their own biases and reflect on biases present in the communities of practice and the system in which our children live. Students will apply the principles of anti-bias education to their instruction and receive peer and instructor coaching to improve their responsiveness to cultural, linguistic and ability diversity. Students will discuss how embedded bias can impact identity development and formulate strategies to counter structural bias.

ECE 405 Partnership in Early Care (3 credits)

Partnership and Collaboration in Early Care and Education

Students will examine the impact of the ecological theory on early learning environments. Students will integrate family and community into the early learning program and demonstrate cultural competence. Students will generate ideas for collaboration with family and communities to support child development and apply them to their practice.

ECE 410 Inclusive ECE (4 credits)

Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Students will observe and differentiate between models of inclusion in early learning settings, across age groups. Students will develop strategies for providing appropriate education to a variety of learners, including children with special needs, dual language learners, and children undergoing adverse childhood experiences. In the course, students will apply principles of inclusive early care and education to an environment in compliance with state law and district/program policy.

ECE 415 Children and Media (3 credits)

Children and Media

Students will critically evaluate various perspectives on using electronic media (computers, tablets, television, etc.) in early childhood programs. Students will analyze and interpret current research and recommendations and formulate a policy on classroom use. Appropriate use of classroom technology will be explained and practiced. Students will develop strategies for communicating with families regarding the use of electronic media.

ECE 420 Social/Emot'l Foundations (5 credits)

Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning

Students will examine the dimensions of social and emotional development in children from birth to age 8 and analyze the relationship between social and emotional development and behavior. Students will construct strategies to support social and emotional development and demonstrate competency in teaching practice that promotes positive behavior and social and emotional development.

ECE 430 Linguistic Diversity (5 credits)

Linguistically Diverse Learners

Students will compare the benefits and logistics of monolingual and multilingual programs for children, families and communities. Students will apply principles of language development and learning theory to modify instruction for students who are multilingual. The class will design multilingual activities and materials to promote family and community involvement. Students will develop plans to integrate languages into multilingual programs as appropriate.

ECE 450 Child Develop/Assessment (5 credits)

Child Development and Assessment

Students will examine child development holistically and across physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains. The importance of play in child development will be argued. Students will also discuss the importance of planning and preparing an effective system of ongoing assessment to support child development. Students will learn how to use assessment information to adjust their teaching and promote child development. Students will become familiar with screening tools and the process for identifying children for early intervention referrals.

ECE 480 Leadership/Profess Comm (5 credits)

Leadership and Professional Community

Students will examine the professionalization of the early care and education field. The class will identify professional organizations in early care and education and their role in the community and create a paper, research brief, presentation or other recourse to contribute to a journal, conference or workshop.

ECE 490 Capstone (5 credits)

Capstone

Students will use an inquiry approach to research, design and implement significant change in an educational setting. Students will also reflect upon their coursework, research and teaching, and produce a culminating document that will include a revised teaching philosophy.

B.A.S. Gen Ed Requirements (60 credits)

B.A.S. General Education Requirements (for a total of 60 general education courses)

Communication
(ENGL&101 and ENGL&102 or &235)
10
Natural World         10
(at least one lab class)
Visual/ Literary Performing Arts    15
QSR requirement
(college-level math at 100 or higher)   
5
Individual, Cultures and Societies  20

Note on General Education Requirements: All students will transfer in general education credits earned during previous education. Therefore, the number of general education credits you will need to complete while enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science degree program will depend upon the number of qualifying credits transferred in. Please contact Program Manager Anne Garrett to arrange an unofficial evaluation of your transcript and discuss steps for an official evaluation.


B.A.S. Early Childhood Education Program

Program Manager
Anne Garrett
email
(206) 934-4587

Workforce Instruction Division

Location
2312B
Division Contacts
email
(206) 934-3730
Mailing Address
NSC Workforce Instruction Division
9600 College Way N
3NC2312B
Seattle, WA 98103
Dean
Laura Hopkins
 

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