The Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare students to work with young children from birth to 5 and their families. The curriculum is organized around a core of courses that provide skills and knowledge needed by early childhood educators. Students earn an Associate in Science (AS) degree in Early Childhood Education that articulates into the UH West Oahu’s Bachelor’s in Social Science degree, Early Childhood Education concentration.

Contact the program coordinator, Elaine Yamashita, at 984-3208, or by email at for a careful selection of courses.

Requirements for Certificate of Competence (CO): 9 credits
Preschool Child Development Associate
fulfills only the education part of CDA
(See program coordinator for details):
Education 105(3), 110(3), 131(3)
2.0 GPA required in courses taken for CO.


Requirements for Certificate of Completion (CC):
Early Childhood Education:  22 credits
Education 105(3), 110(3), 131(3), 190 or 191v(4)b, 291v(3)b
Education/Family Resources 140(3) -Crosslisted courses
Education 245/Family Resources 235(3) -Crosslisted courses
3.2 GPA required in CC courses & grade C or better in each.
Early Childhood Option:  12 credits from this list:
(For those with bachelor’s degrees in any field other than ECE or Elem. Ed.)
Education 105(3), 110(3), 115(3), 131(3), 140/FAMR 140(3),
245/FAMR 235(3), 190(4), 191v(1-4), 291v(1-4), 263(3), 264(3),
or 275(3)  2.0 GPA required in CC courses & grade C or better in each.


Requirements for Certificate of Achievement (CA):  31-32 credits
Education 105(3), 131(3), 190 or 191v(4)b
Education or Family Resources courses(6)c
Human Services 110(3)
Psychology 100, or Sociology 100, or Anthropology 200(3)
Humanities or Natural Science elective(3-4)
Philosophy 110d or Mathematics 103, 111, or 115(3)
(MATH 103 strongly recommended)
English 100(3)


Requirements for Associate in Science (AS) Degree:  62-66 credits
All CA courses(31-32) plus:
Education 110(3), 115(3), 263(3), 264(3), 275(3),
ED/FAMR 140(3), ED 245/FAMR 235(3) (if not taken for CA)
Education 291v(4)
Art 101(3)
Communication 145 or Speech 151(3)
English 210(3)
Humanities elective(3-6)
Natural Science elective(3-4) (if not taken for CA)

Full-time students in the Early Childhood Education Specialization would take courses in this sequence:
Students are strongly recommended to meet with program coordinator to plan course sequence.

First Semester (Fall)  Credits
*ED 105 Introduction to Early Childhood 3
*ED 131 Early Childhood Development 3
  ED 245/FAMR 235 Child, Family, Community 3
*PSY 100 Survey of Psychology, or SOC 100 Survey of
Sociology, or ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology 3
*ENG 100 Composition 3
Second Semester (Spring)   Credits
  ED 110 Developmentally Appropriate Practices 3
*ED 190/191v Early Childhood Field
Experience IA or IB** 4
*HSER 110 Introduction to Human Services 3
  MATH 103  College Algebra 3
*Humanities or Natural Science elective      3-4
Third Semester (Fall) Credits
ED 115  Health, Safety, Nutrition 3
ED/FAMR 140  Guidance of Children in Groups 3
ED 263 Language & Creative Expression Curriculum 3
COM 145  Interpersonal Communication, or
SP 151  Personal and Public Speech 3
Natural Science elective  - if not taken for CA      3-4
Humanities elective      3-6
Fourth Semester (Spring) Credits
ED 264  Inquiry & Physical Curriculum 3
ED 275  Inclusion of Children with Special Needs 3
ED 291v Early Childhood Field Experience II*** 4
ART 101  Introduction to Visual Arts 3
ENG 210  Research Writing        16


      *Note: Courses required for the Certificate of Achievement.
      bNote: Student may be required to obtain a physical or doctor’s note, and to be fingerprinted, all at student’s expense.
     cNote: Elective related to students’ specialization or occupational interest as determined with program advisor. 
      dNote: Students using PHIL 110 to meet this requirement must place at the MATH 100 level in order to graduate.