This program is designed to provide attitudes, skills, and knowledge for people who work with young children and their families in a variety of early childhood programs. The Certificate of Competence (C.O.) or Certificate of Achievement (C.A.) prepares students for support roles in early childhood programs. An Associate in Science (A.S.) degree prepares students to be teachers or lead practitioners in early childhood programs.
Students taking Laboratory or Practicum courses are required to complete fingerprinting and pass the criminal history record checks.
This degree is fully articulated with the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science (with a concentration in Early Childhood Education) offered through the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu via Distance Education. Students interested in pursuing the BA degree with UH West O‘ahu are encouraged to meet with an Early Childhood Education advisor their first semester.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion, students are prepared to:
Use knowledge of child development and of individual children to create healthy, challenging learning environments, and experiences.
Build respectful partnerships with children, families, colleagues, and communities.
Build positive relationships and guide children through supportive interactions.
Observe, document, and assess children’s development and learning in partnerships with families.
Plan, implement and assess learning experiences using appropriate content, concepts, and methods.
Use reflective practices to base decisions and actions on ethical and professional standards.
Advocate for children and their families within the program.