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2018-2019 College Catalog 
2018-2019 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Educator/Paraeducator, AAAS Planning Guide

Program Description:

This degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in a variety of social service and educational agencies that serve young children and their families, such as Head Start, ECEAP, child care centers, preschools and after-school programs.

Program Advisor:

Betty Peace-Gladstone
206-546-4729 Rm 5384
Tasleem Qaasim
206-546-4787 Rm 5350

AAAS Degree (90 Credits)

Courses can be taken in any order, they need not be taken in sequence according to the course numbering.

Note: Students must meet with advisor to complete graduation paperwork for this program.

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, the information is subject to change without notice and final career decisions are the responsibility of the student.

Program Information:

Length of Program: 90 Credits
Completion Award: A.A.A.S. Degree
Enrollment: Every Quarter
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $0
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)

EPC 4021

General Education Requirements - 25 Credits

Note: These classes have prerequisites based upon lower level classes, or placement into English and Math classes.

Communication Skills (5 Credits)

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose EDUC 118 , BUS 102 , or any Math class 100 level or higher.

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Nutrition (5 Credits)

Choose NUTR& 101  or other approved science class.

Child Advocacy Studies (5 Credits)

Choose either CAST 102  or CAST 285 .

Electives - 13 Credits

13 Credits of student choice, all classes must be 100 level or higher.
Recommendations: CAST classes leading to CAST 15 credit certificate; other EDUC or ECED classes. Choose 13 credits from area of interest.

Approval To Graduate

Student Name, SID and Date: ____________________________________________________

Faculty Advisor and Date: _______________________________________________________

Division Dean and Date: ________________________________________________________

Credential Approval and Date: ____________________________________________________

Early Childhood Educator/Paraeducator -What is it?

This degree provides an overview of the social, emotional, language/literacy, and intellectual development of children aged birth to eight years of age, along with specific strategies for fostering healthy development. The core curriculum and internships focus on content and professional workplace skills that include planning curriculum, guiding children, observation and assessment, and effective communication and partnerships with children, parents and co-workers. This program meets the Washington State Department of Early Learning career lattice guidelines and state licensing standards for assistant and lead positions in licensed settings. Many students who complete this degree also find successful employment as assistant teachers in Washington public school settings.

Program Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this program - by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or better for the entire program - should be able to:

  1. Observe, document and assess the behaviors and development of young children in partnership with parents and others to positively influence the development of young children.
  2. Use a variety of approaches and strategies to provide rich experiences for young children.
  3. Plan and implement curriculum that supports emerging language and literacy, intellectual curiosity, emotional and social development and physical development of young children.
  4. Utilize knowledge of child development to guide decisions regarding interaction with and response to young children as individuals and in group settings.
  5. Respond to children and families with insight regarding cultural diversity and individual variations in development.
  6. Work positively with young children and staff in a group setting.
  7. Provide a safe and healthy learning environment for young children.
  8. Use ethical guidelines and professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Career Opportunities-What can I do with this degree?

Teacher and teacher assistant positions working with children aged eight and under in licensed child care centers and homes, Head Start and State Preschools are in high demand. With this certificate, the student will have credentials for teaching assistant positions, and often lead teacher and administrator positions in licensed child care facilities Head Start/ECEAP programs and some paraeductaor positions in public schools in the State of Washington.

Potential employers include: Licensed Child Care Centers, child care family homes, Head Start/ECEAP, NAEYC accredited child care, public schools. For more, please visit

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

(206) 546-4101