About the Early Childhood Education Program
The Early Childhood Education program at Heritage lets students choose from two different career paths with either a Bachelor of Arts in Education or a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies. The BA in Education prepares students to become Washington State certified teachers in preschool and K-8 classrooms. It emphasizes early developmental processes and principles that apply to children starting at birth. Successful completion of the program leads to a recommendation from Heritage to receive a Washington State Teacher Certification as well as endorsements in both early childhood (birth to grade 3) and elementary education (K-8).
The Early Childhood Studies degree is for students not looking to become certified teachers but who wish, rather, to enter or advance in careers with outside agencies and programs related to early childhood education. This program helps aspiring professionals develop the knowledge, skills and leadership qualities needed to succeed at these agencies as well as when working with parents, teachers, and children seeking services.