Early Childhood Education

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Program Mission

The Early Childhood Education program mission is to:

  • Provide training and education programs for the development of competent and nurturing caregivers and teachers for all Hawaiʻi's young children and their families.
  • Provide quality education and care services for the children of students, faculty and staff in the Community Colleges. These services will represent the best of current practices and will serve as a practicum for programs related to early childhood education as well as providing demonstration of quality education and care for the larger community.

Program Description

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students for work in a variety of positions working with young children and with their families. The Certificates and degree off ered are designed to allow students to meet requirements for various levels of entry into the early childhood field.

Associate in Science Degree Program: The Associate in Science (AS) degree program in combination with 6 months work experience prepares students for immediate employment as teachers in private early childhood programs for infants and toddlers or preschoolers. With 12 months of full time experience, graduates with the AS degree meet the requirements of the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services (DHS) to be directors of early childhood programs. The course of study leading to the AS degree is developmentally based and emphasizes observation and opportunities to participate in programs with children through class assignments and field experiences, both on campus and in the community. The program provides candidates with varied opportunities to develop their skills for working with children and families and with a general understanding of the field of early education and care. Students who successfully complete this degree may transfer to the Early Childhood Concentration in the Social Sciences Program at the University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu. The AS degree in Early Childhood Education meets all requirements of that program for lower division course work.

Students entering the Early Childhood Education Program must have completed English 22/60 or ESL 23 with a grade of "C" or higher or placed at English 100. To complete the degree, students must demonstrate proficiency at the English 100 and Math 100 levels. To successfully complete the program, students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses with an ECED alpha.

Certificate of Competence in Child Development Associate (CDA) Preparation: The Certificate of Competence in Child Development Associate (CDA) Preparation is obtained by completing three courses which meet the formal training requirement of the national CDA credential. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all classes.

Certificate of Competence in Early Childhood Education: The Certificate of Competence in Early Childhood Education requires a 16-credit sequence designed to give the candidate the most basic skills needed to work with children from infancy through eight years of age. This certificate also meets the ECE/CD coursework requirements of DHS for teachers and lead caregivers who hold an AAS, AS, AA or Bachelor's degree in a field other than early childhood. To obtain the Certificate of Competence, students must also demonstrate proficiency in English at ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, and in Math at MATH 9 levels. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses in the sequence.

Certificate of Achievement - Preschool: The Certificate of Achievement-Preschool is obtained by completing 32 credits of core courses in Early Childhood Education. It meets the requirements for coursework in Early Childhood Education/Child Development (ECE/CD) for teachers in Early Childhood Programs accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (beginning in 2010) who hold an AAS, AS, or AA not in ECE/CD. To obtain the Certificate of Achievement students must also demonstrate proficiency in English at English 100 or higher and in Math at Math 50, Math 24 or higher. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses in the sequence.

Criminal history record checks are a workplace requirement in early education and care settings. This check must be completed satisfactorily within two weeks of enrollment into ECED 191, Field Based Practicum in Early Childhood. The cost of the record check, currently $24.00, is the responsibility of the student.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

The underlying foundation for these outcomes is of knowledge of child development and of the multiple interacting factors that influence growth and learning. Through the program, the themes of development, families, communication, diversity and inclusion are addressed.

Upon successful completion of the ECED program, students will be able to:

  • Use knowledge of child development and of individual children to create healthy, challenging learning environments and experiences.
  • Build respectful partnerships with children, families and their communities.
  • Observe, document and assess all children's development and learning in partnership with families.
  • Build positive relationships and guide all children through supportive interactions.
  • Use content knowledge and appropriate pedagogy to create/design, implement and assess learning experiences.
  • Use reflective practice to demonstrate professionalism.

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Science (AS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)
  • Certificate of Competence (CoC)

Program Prerequisites

Completion of ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

The estimated cost of textbooks and supplies is $500.00.

Gainful Employment Information

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Faculty & Staff

  • Ann Abeshima, Lecturer, (PACE), Email, 845-9294
  • Steve Bobilin, Early Childhood Specialist, Email, 455-0488
  • (Spring) Laura-Ellyn Buche-Ong, Instructional & Student Support (Child Care Center) , Email, 845-9461
  • Gaynel Buxton, Professor , Email, 845-9146
  • Beverly Chang, Office Assistant, Email, 845-9466
  • Jonie Ekimura, Lecturer, Email
  • Imelda (Amy) Garma, Early Childhood Specialist, Email, 845-9461
  • Pat Gooch, Professor, Email, 845-9265
  • Janine Konia, Early Childhood Specialist, Email, 845-9461
  • Rheta Kuwahara, Instructor , Email, 845-9288
  • Janina Martin, Instructor, Email, 845-9206
  • Eva Moravcik, Professor, Email, 845-9153
  • Sherry Nolte, Professor , Email, 845-9294
  • Lisa Pagaduan, Early Childhood Specialist, Email, 734-9397
  • Jacqueline Rabang, Early Childhood Specialist, Email, 455-0488
  • Ena Reelitz, Early Childhood Specialist, Email, 734-9397
  • Iris Jean Saito, Professor, Email, 845-9259
  • Lisa Yogi, Professor, Email