Early Childhood Education

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 or a dual endorsement in elementary education (K-8) and P-3.  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. A student completing the dual endorsement option may teach in any of the elementary grades.  The course work offers a combination of theory,  methods, and field experiences in a variety of early childhood settings.

Early Childhood Education Program News

  • 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.

Options in the Early Childhood Education Program:

  • Non-Certification - This option offers students the preparation for working in child care settings, head start programs and with school-age children in after-school programs. Students complete a major in early childhood education, take a preschool internship and complete the degree in two years.
  • Early Childhood Education P-3 Endorsement - This option offers students preparation for an Early Childhood Education endorsement to work with young children from birth through third grade. Students complete a major in early childhood education; take a one-term preschool internship and a two-term primary internship. This option can be completed in two years and one term.
  • Dual Endorsement in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education - This option offers students preparation for elementary and P-3 endorsement. Students complete a major in early childhood education, a preschool internship, a year-long internship in a primary grade, take additional coursework in elementary education and are generally able to complete the program in three years.

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.

Admission Information

Admission to both Western Washington University and Early Childhood Education are required before a student may begin taking courses in the professional sequence. Requirements for consideration of an application include:

  • undergraduates must have 45 graded credits completed by the application due date. AP (minimum score of 3) and IB (minimum score of 4) credits count toward the 45 credits. AP or IB science scores are not accepted.
  • 2.75 GPA (cumulative & last 45+ credits). Per request, transcripts will be reviewed for purposes of GPA calculation.
  • meet the WEST-B basic skills requirement. This may be met by any combination of the following: a) Passing the West-B exam, b)SAT minimum scores, c) ACT minimum scores. Passing scores must be on file by the application due date.
  • completion of an English composition course with grade of B- or higher
  • completion of most, if not all, General University Requirements (GURs).  It is very difficult to complete your GURs if admitted to the program. This does not apply to transfer application with an AA/DTA.

Enrollment restrictions apply in all teacher education programs. Meeting the above criteria makes the applicant eligible for admission, but does not guarantee admission. Applications from students who meet all the criteria are evaluated to determine those most qualified.

More information, including the application, can be found on the Early Childhood Education Admissions page.

Next Application Due Date: March 1, 2018 for Fall 2018 Admission

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