Early Childhood Education Program
This program includes an academic major of Early Childhood Education and a sequence of professional certification courses that lead to teacher licensure P-3rd grade. A non-certification option is also available. Upon completion of the program, candidates can work in childcare centers, preschools, Head Start programs, and, if they receive the P-3 teacher endorsement, in the primary grades in public schools. The course work offers a combination of theory, methods, and field experiences in a variety of early childhood settings.
Unique Program Features
- Students attend classes with other early childhood education students as a cohort group throughout the program.
- Students gain experience in teaching children in three age groups (infant/toddlers, pre-primary and primary) and in a variety of settings.
- Students are taught to understand and respect intercultural/familial diversity as they learn to develop partnerships with families.
- Students learn to use inquiry tools and process for developing meaningful and integrated learning experiences for young children.
Early Childhood Education Program News
The Early Childhood Education Program (BAE, Birth to grade 3, P-3 endorsement) has received “National Recognition” by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC works with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) to review and grant national recognition to qualified early childhood baccalaureate and graduate degree programs at institutions of higher education. NAEYC Recognition centers on deep understanding and application of the NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation Programs. When a program meets standards and receives NAEYC Recognition, and is also accredited by CAEP, the program earns a nationally respected mark of high quality.
Successful programs provide evidence of meeting each of the following standards: applied knowledge of child development and learning, work with families and communities, use of assessment and documentation, the practice of teaching and learning, content area knowledge, becoming an early childhood professional, and providing field experiences in a variety of settings with a variety of age groups. The ECE program is Nationally Recognized until 12/31/2020. For a list of all Nationally Recognized Programs, click here.
The Early Childhood Education teacher preparation program in Western's Woodring College of Education and the Associated Students' Child Development Center have a longstanding collaborative partnership to engage in the understanding of principles and practices in early childhood education. One of the projects this term in ECE 434: Environments for Young Children is to design materials for the classroom to support children’s knowledge and skills related to scientific thinking and to support children’s ability to represent their thinking. Read the whole story here.
We have an international partnership with the Early Childhood Program of Southwest University in Chongqing, China. WWU's ECE students, teachers and faculty joined with their counterparts from Chongqing and visited local schools and engaged in professional development. Click here to see other ECE programs hosted by the Lummi Nation.