Early Childhood Education

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The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program at University of Hawaii Maui College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from October 2017 through July 2022.
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Program Overview


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 Degree is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and articulates into the UH West Oahu Bachelor in Social Science, Early Childhood Education concentration. With careful planning with the program coordinator and counselor, students can fulfill most of the prerequisites for application to the UH Mānoa PreKindergarten/Special Education Bachelor's degree program.

Students who have a current CDA (Child Development Associate) credential (without ECED 193/4 credit) may apply for 4 credits of ECED 193/194 Early Childhood Field Experience 1A/1B after taking 12 credits of UHMC courses. The student will receive “credit” and no grade for the class, per the policy Credit for Non-Collegiate Instruction in the UHMC General Catalog,p.80. See program coordinator to initiate the process.Contact the Program Coordinator, Julie Powers, at 984-3291 or by email at juliepow@hawaii.edu for a careful selection of courses.

Degrees That Can Be Earned:

*Program length depends on student placement and credit load.

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Julie Powers, Program Coordinator

Phone: 808 984 3291

Email: juliepow@hawaii.edu

Office: Kalama 111


Gemma Medina, Instructor

Phone: 808-984-3208

Email: nicholl@hawaii.edu

Office: Kalama 112


Eri Nomura, ECED Counselor

Phone: 808 984 3306

Fax: 808 984 3872

Appointments: 808 984 3306

Email: eri4@hawaii.edu

Tuition / Costs

Additional costs for books, materials, and supplies: $25-$150 per course. Scholarships are available to offset cost of textbooks.

Course Schedules

View a month-by-month schedule of courses, as well as descriptions for each.


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Career Outlook

Graduates have obtained jobs as: Preschool Teacher, Kahemameha Assistant Teacher, Infant/Toddler Teacher, Preschool Director, Head Start Teacher, Head Start Director

Program Mission & SLOs