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
Education 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: 22 credits
ECED 105(3), 110(3), 131(3), 193 or 194(4),b295(3)b,d
ECED 140(3)
ECED 245(3)
3.2 GPA required in CO courses & grade C or better in each.

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), ECED 140(3),
ECED 245(3), 193(4), 194(1-4), 295(1-4), 263(3), 264(3)
or 275(3) 2.0 GPA required in CO courses & grade C or better in each.

ECED 105(3), 110(3), 115(3), 131(3), ECED 140(3),
ECED 245(3), 193 or 194(4)b,263(3), 264(3), 295(4)b,d
English 100(3)
Mathematics 103 (required for UHWO), 111, or 115, or PHIL 110(3)c