Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Degree in Early Childhood Education

Overview of Program

This program of study is designed for people pursuing careers in the early care and education field. With a strong emphasis in early childhood, students are prepared for positions as lead teachers and for a variety of other employment opportunities in Head Start, child care, and other birth-to-six programs. The student is also prepared to transfer to specific four-year degree programs.

Students interested in transferring should consult with an NWIC advisor before selecting courses to ensure that they meet the requirements of the college or university of their choice.

Click here to view the Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Degree in Early Childhood Education degree course requirements.

Click here to view the NWIC's Early Childhood Awards of Completion (Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate and Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization)

Program Outcomes


Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of children’s characteristics and needs
  • Identify, analyze, and reflect upon multiple influences on child development and learning
  • Create safe, healthy, respectful, challenging and culturally supportive environments for learning

Students will be able to:

  • Describe and reflect upon family and community characteristics within Native communities.
  • Support and empower families and communities through respectful and reciprocal relationships.
  • Involve Native families and communities in their children’s development and learning.
  • Assist families in reinforcing resilience and accessing resources.

Students will be able to:

  • Articulate the goals, benefits, uses, and culturally responsible uses of assessment.
  • Use observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools.
  • Articulate uses of assessment in partnership with families and other professionals serving indigenous communities.

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their ability to connect with children.
  • Use developmentally and culturally effective approaches.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of content knowledge in early education.
  • Build meaningful, culturally engaged curriculum.
  • Integrity, advocacy, warmth, joy, and attention to children (commonly referred to as “Professionalism”)
    • Identify with and involve selves in the early childhood field, engaging in continuous, collaborative learning.
    • Act with integrity, engaging in informed advocacy for children, families, early learning programs, and themselves as early childhood educators.
    • Integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education.
    • Display warmth, joy, and attention with a commitment to relationship-based care and education.