Early Childhood Education - Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Early Childhood
A Hands-on
for Early
The Early Childhood
Education program at
Lake Washington
Institute of
Technology offers a
research-based and
hands-on approach
for early childhood
professionals who are
interested in earning
an Early Childhood
Education (ECE)
degree or certificate.
The program has
operated for more
than 25 years and is well known and respected in the early
childhood community.
Graduates of the Early Childhood
Education program at LWTech
will learn to develop, implement
and evaluate age-appropriate
programs for young children,
develop skills to observe
and record child growth and
development, and use that
information to make
program decisions.
Students will be able to supervise
staff, plan and monitor a budget,
and guide a program following
both NAEYC and the Department
of Early Learning Standards.
The coursework allows students to complete the ECE state
certificate in 4 quarters and an AAS degree in 2 years. In
conjunction with the Department of Early Learning (DEL)
Early Achievers program, the State of Washington stackable
certificates are included in LWTech's certificate options.
All coursework is designed to apply to the student's work
with children.
11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 739-8300 | [email protected]
Program Highlights
The Early Childhood Education program at LWTech provides an
avenue for those employed in child care to earn an Early
Childhood certificate or AAS degree.
This program features Hybrid classes (in person and online) as
well as evening classes to accommodate working students. The
required lab (field experience) may be completed at the
student's place of licensed childcare employment or at the
campus early learning center.
Learning theory and current research are the foundation for all
coursework. The faculty work with the students, both inside and
outside the classroom setting, as mentors assisting them in their
professional application of age-appropriate programming.
Learn from Industry Experts
Shanti Connors earned an M.A. and B.A. in Human
Development, an A.S. in Human Services with a ECE option and
has a Washington State K-8 Teaching Certificate. For over 25
years Shanti has worked with children and their families in a
variety of programs, including Headstart, private preschool,
elementary schools and cooperative preschools and parent
education. She is also an approved M.E.R.I.T. trainer.
Career Opportunities
The program prepares students
for multiple opportunities
• Children’s teacher,
age birth–12 years
• Preschool teacher,
half day programs
• Program supervisor,
child care center
• Center director
• Family child care provider
Ninder Gill has been teaching at LWTech since Fall 2009. She
has a wealth of experience and education in the Early Childhood
Education field. She was a lead teacher and director at a urban
center in Seattle and completed her Masters of Education at UW,
Bothell. In her teaching she focuses on connecting theory with
practice so that students walk away with the ability to apply
what they have learned.
Find out more!
Shanti Connors (425) 739-8177
[email protected]
Lake Washington Institute of Technology values equality of opportunity, human dignity, racial, cultural and ethnic diversity both
as an educational institution and as an employer. The institute provides equal opportunity in education and employment and
does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age,
religion, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. The institute complies with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination
and harassment in employment, educational programs and admission. Inquiries regarding compliance procedures and
complaints may be directed to Melissa Lamy, Executive Director, Human Resources, Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX
Coordinator,11605 132nd Ave. NE, Kirkland, WA 98034, (425) 739-8212 or (425) 739-8122 (TDD).