Early Childhood Education (ECED)

Make a difference in your community and have a profound effect on future generations. Students with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education become preschool teachers, assistant teachers, and/or go on to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Those already working in preschools and infant/toddler centers can take courses that may make them eligible for pay raises.


Certificate of Competence (CO)
Certificate of Achievement (CA)
Associate in Science (AS)

*Program length depends on student placement and credit load.

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. This Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education articulates into the UH West Oahu Bachelor in Social Science, Early Childhood Education concentration.

Contact the program coordinator, Julie Powers, at 984-4391 or by email at for a careful selection of courses.

Early Childhood Education Associate Degree
Join us and practice:

· Constructivism
· Intentionality
· Relationships
· Community Connections
· Hands-on Experiences
· Lifelong learning

Upon successful completion of the ECED Program, the student should be able to:

    1. Use knowledge of child development and of individual children to create healthy, challenging learning environments and experiences
    2. Build respectful partnerships with children, families, and their communities.
    3. Observe, document and assess children’s development and learning in partnership with families.
    4. Build positive relationships and guide children through supportive interactions.
    5. Plan, implement, and assess learning experiences using appropriate content, concepts, and methods.
    6. Base decisions and actions on ethical and other professional standards.
    7. Advocate for children and their families within the program.

NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation

Standard One: Promoting Child Development and Learning
Standard Two: Building Family and Community Relationships
Standard Three: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
Standard Four: Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families
Standard Five: Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
Standard Six: Becoming a Professional

Preschool Child Development Associate: 9 credits
ECED 105(3), 110(3), 131(3)
2.0 GPA required in courses taken for CO.
CO fulfills only the education part of CDA – see program coordinator

Early Childhood Education: 16 credits
ECED 105(3), 110(3), 131(3), 140(3), 193 or 194(4),a
2.0 GPA required in CO courses & grade C or better in each course.

Early Childhood Option: 12 credits from this list – For those with bachelor degrees in any field other than ECED or ElemEd.
ECED 105(3), 110(3), 115(3), 131(3), 140(3), 193(4), 194(4), 245(3), 263(3), 264(3), 275(3), or 295(4)
2.0 GPA required in CO courses & grade C or better in each course.

a Note: Students may be required to obtain a physical or doctor’s note, and to be fingerprinted, all at students’ expense

ECED 105(3), ECED 110(3), ECED 115(3), ECED 131(3), ECED 140(3), ECED 193 or 194(4)a, ECED 245(3), ECED 263(3), ECED 264(3), ECED 295(4)a
English 100(3)
Mathematics 100, 103, 115(UHWO requirement), or 112(UHM requirement)(3)

a Note: Students may be required to obtain a physical or doctor’s note, and to be fingerprinted, all at students’ expense

All CA courses(38), plus:
ECED 170 or ECED elective(3)
Human Services 110(3)
Art 101or MUS 253(3)
Communication 130, 145, or Speech 151(3)
HDFS 230 or PSY 240(3)
Humanities elective(3) – HWST 107 recommended
Natural Science elective(3-4) – except PHYS 101
English 210b or Global Multicultural Perspectives(FGA/B/C) or Natural Science(3)