Early Childhood Education Program
In collaboration with Olympic College in Bremerton and Poulsbo, WA, the Western Washington University (WWU) Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at Olympic College consists of an academic major in ECE focusing on the prenatal to age 8 period of child development. The program has a sequence of professional certification courses that can lead to teacher licensure, Pre-K to third grade or to a BAE degree without teacher certification. Upon completion of the program, candidates can work in a diversity of early childhood and human services programs including childcare centers, preschools, Head Start, state funded preschool and in Pre-K to 3rd grade certified teaching positions. The course work offers a combination of theory, methods, and field experiences in a variety of early childhood education settings.
Unique Program Features
- Attend day, evening, and online hybrid courses as an ECE cohort.
- Gain experience in teaching children in three age groups (infant/toddler, preschool, and early primary grades) in a variety of intentionally sequenced settings.
- Gain understanding of children and families with an emphasis on inclusive, reflective, culturally sustaining and relationship-based contexts.
- Learn to use a variety of approaches for studying young children's development and for planning intentional and meaningful learning experiences.
- Study inquiry based pedagogy, early environments, play, creativity, interdisciplinary instruction, and apply their learning to promote the holistic development of young children.
Admission & Retention
Admission to both Western Washington University and the Woodring College of Education's Early Childhood Education program is required before a student may begin taking courses in this program, unless prior arrangements have been made. Requirements include:
- Completion of a transferable Associate of Arts Degree (DTA) or an AAS-T in ECE degree (plus approximately 20 more general education credits to satisfy DTA requirements) from a Washington State community college will satisfy all WWU's General University Requirements.
- Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher overall or for the last 45 quarter credits or 30 semester credits.
- Meeting the West-B basic skills requirement. This may be met by: a) passing the West-B exam, b) SAT minimum scores, c) ACT minimum scores. See West-B website for more information. Students seeking a non-certification degree do not need to meet the West-B requirement.
Retention also requires maintenance of a 2.75 quarterly GPA for each quarter. The State of Washington requires students to earn a "C" or better in all endorsement courses and WWU extends this requirement to all professional education courses.
Olympic College to WWU - Early Childhood Education Pathways
Two Olympic College Pathways to the WWU - ECE, Non- Certification, BAE and/or Early Childhood Education Pre- K-3rd Grade endorsement, BAE are:
- If you have, or are working towards, an Olympic College AAS-T in ECE, complete the remaining Olympic College requirements for the DTA.
- If you have, or a working towards, an Olympic College DTA, see the Olympic College Early Childhood Education Director, Gayle Dilling, for advising (SBC103, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360.475.7289).
- Dr. Jessica Kirchhofer, 360.475.7265 or Jessica.Kirchhofer@wwu.edu
- Lilla Bodo, 360.475.7269 or Lilla.Bodo@wwu.edu
- Marilyn Chu, WWU ECE Program Director, 360.650.2737 or Marilyn.Chu@wwu.edu
- Joanna Reynoso, WWU ECE Program Information Support, 360.650.2725 or Joanna.Reynoso@wwu.edu