Early Childhood Education

Earn your Associate in Applied Science degree in early childhood education!

With Bates Technical College, students can take the first step in making a difference in children's lives. Our early childhood education program is designed to help students discover a rewarding career dedicated to making an impact in the lives of young people and their families. Students prepare for positions as early learning program teachers, assistant teachers, program supervisors and center directors.

General Information

Career Advisor: Leesa Ostrander
253-680-7410 | lostrander@batestech.edu

Location: South Campus
Hours: 7:30AM - 4:00PM

Program Length: Six Quarters

The Early Childhood Education program at Bates Technical College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children www.naeyc.org.

The accreditation term for this program extends from September 2018 through September 2023

  • National Median Salary$31,930
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings13,500

This information is base on data from June 2021.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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Associate of Applied Science/Associate of Applied Science-Transfer
CIP:  19.0709EPC: 409 

Students prepare for careers in Early Childhood Education (ECE) for such positions as Early Learning Program teacher, assistant teacher, program supervisor, and/or center director. The ECE curriculum prepares students to work with children birth to 8 years of age in diverse early childhood environments. The competencies are aligned with Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals and national standards (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and identify eight (8) content areas organized into five (5) levels of proficiency. Early Childhood students will combined learned theories and practical laboratory experiences with young children in the college early childhood learning center under supervision with qualified educators. 


  1. Passed the Department of Early Learning Portable Background Check 
  2. Negative Mantoux TB test in the 12 months prior to 1st day of class 
  3. Must meet pre-determined  COMPASS levels in reading and writing 


Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


  • Lisa Webb

    253.680.7527 | Email

Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. For Fall Quarter 2021, vaccinations will be required. Learn more about vaccinations and our COVID-19 response on the COVID-19 resource page.