Early Childhood Education at Everett Community College is an academic program designed to develop the skills needed to be a successful Early Childhood professional and is directed toward students planning to work with young children in a variety of settings, including preschools, child care centers, family child care, public schools (as teacher assistants) and/or other programs for young children. Early Childhood educators need to teach and conduct programs, develop strong written and oral communication skills, and inform the public about children and family issues. Classes in early childhood education also provide valuable training for men and women in preparation for parenthood. Program options include an Early Childhood Education Certificate, an Associate in Technical Arts Degree, and an Associate in Arts and Sciences Direct Transfer (DTA) Degree, which is transferable to a four-year college or university. Courses are offered in late afternoon, early evening, and in a distance learning format to help accommodate the varied schedules of students. Hiring requirements vary from Early Childhood Education program to program, but with a certificate or Associate in Technical Arts (ATA) degree, you can expect to increase your employment opportunities.
If you are energetic, enjoy working with children, parents, and diverse populations, are able to adapt to creative and challenging situations, adhere to high standards for yourself and others, and are willing to continually improve and expand on your skills and knowledge, you may be a candidate for becoming an Early Childhood Education professional. Orientation meetings are offered regularly. For further information, contact Michelle Barnes at 425-388-9976.