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Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning

College of Education and Professional Studies

Early Childhood Education Major


Parents, students, professors, and volunteers partake in early childhood movement activities in the EDTL Department's Model Classroom.        Parents, students, professors, and volunteers partake in early childhood educational activities in the EDTL Department's Model Classroom.


The Early Childhood Education major is intended to prepare students to become birth through third-grade teaching specialists. 

The Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning Department offers four programs in Early Childhood Education - including two majors and two minors.

Early Childhood Education Program Options
Certification Preparation Non-Certification
Major Minor Major Minor


Program Highlights

  • Specializes in birth to grade 3 education
  • Early Childhood Education certification/initial license in Washington State
  • Interactive coursework with authentic materials and manipulatives
  • Early childhood field experiences in daycare and centers
  • Focus on positive and productive parental involvement
  • Knowledgeable and experienced faculty who focus on early childhood learning through play, emergent literacy and math 
  • Practical classroom management, instructional and assessment needed by beginning educators
  • Focus on whole child development and learning

Program Requirements

As a major, ECE also requires a minor OR a second major.  

For all double majors, completion of EDEC 492 and EDEC 493 (minimum of 12 credits) is expected before student teaching. 

In addition, students must:

  • Visit with an ECE advisor
  • Declare a major
  • Simultaneously complete the Professional Education Program
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher for the last 45 credits
  • Earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required major, minor, and Professional Education Program courses

A student may complete this major without gaining entry into the Teacher Certification Programs or completing the Professional Education Program.  Under such circumstances a teacher certification endorsement in Early Childhood will not be granted. This option exists for those individuals who wish to work with young children in birth-age 8 settings that do not require teacher certification. All intended Early Childhood Education majors should discuss their options with an education advisor prior to selecting a major.  

While application to the Teacher Certification Program is not required, students enrolling in any Early Childhood Education Program class that has an embedded field experience must have current WSP/FBI fingerprint and background clearance. Please check with Teacher Certification (Black Hall, Room 228; 509-963-2661, regarding clearance.




To learn more about, or to be advised in the Early Childhood Education Major Program in Ellensburg, contact a CEPS Education Advisor. CEPS Education Advisors are below:

Mrs.Camille Bello
Black Hall 208-26
To Be Announced!




Transfer Students

The Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning (EDTL) Department Programs accept a maximum of ten (10) credits of Early Childhood Education transfer courses from other accredited colleges.  Please contact our CEPS Educational Advisors (listed above) to discuss, and complete documents for transfer substitution.


Program Requirements

EDEC 306 - Professional Growth and Expectations (2)
EDEC 307 - Equity, Culture, and Anti-Bias in ECE (3)
EDEC 312 - Childhood Learning (3)
EDEC 313 - Materials and Manipulatives in ECE (3)
EDEC 314 - Learning Through Play (3)
EDEC 321 -  Curriculum I - Infant & Toddler         (3)
EDEC 322 - Parent Involvement (3)
EDEC 411 - Curriculum II- Preschool (3)
EDEC 412 - Responsible Childhood Assessment (3)
        OR      EFC 315 - Educational Assessment  
EDEC 422 -  Classroom Management in an ECE Classroom (3)
        OR      EFC 350 - Classroom Management  
EDEC 424 - Curriculum III - Primary (3)
EDEC 432 - Theories of Child Development (3)
EDEC 492 Senior Seminar (3)
EDEC 493 Practicum & Issues in ECE (Application Required) (12)

                                                                                                    Total Credits:  50


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