Transfer Planning Guides | Course Descriptions | Class Schedule
The Education Program offers several options for students who are interested in working
with children and families in a variety of settings. We offer
- Short-term certificates in early education (fewer than 90 credits)
- 2 year-professional technical degrees for those who are working or wish to work in
settings that do not require a BA (90 credits)
- A two-year degree that will transfer to a college or university for those who wish
to pursue teacher certification or a 4-year or graduate degree in a related field. (90
Here is a description of what we offer and an overview of the special features of
Certificates and Degrees
We offer 2 Professional/Technical AAAS Degrees (Associates of Applied Arts and Sciences).
The options are:
We also have two Certificates of Proficiency:
And a short-term Certificate of Completion:
Our Professional/Technical program is designed for students who are interested in
working with young children (infants through 8 years of age) in early childhood settings,
or with a wider age range of children, as assistant teachers/paraeducators in public
We also offer an AA if your are interested in completing your first two years of study
toward becoming an Elementary School Teacher.
This AA is designed to provide students with a broad liberal arts background of study
during their first and second years of college with an emphasis on education.
Our program is taught by 2 full-time, tenured faculty members: Betty Peace-Gladstone and Tasleem Qaasim, who also serve as advisors for the program. They have extensive professional experience
in early childhood and family service programs as well as strong connections with
community programs in the greater Seattle area.
Special Features of our Program
- Multicultural focus: Our program infuses principles of multicultural and anti-bias
education into all of our courses, in recognition of the importance of preparing teachers
and caregivers to work in our pluralistic society.
- Online Classes: many of our courses are online, our certificates and degrees can often
be completed online. Our faculty advisors can assist you with exploring this option.
- Credit for Prior Experiential Learning: This is an option for some students who have
experience in early childhood settings, and have completed coursework elsewhere before
coming to Shoreline.
- Transfer of courses from other Early Childhood Programs: our faculty will work closely
with you to maximize transfer of any courses taken elsewhere, to optimize your prior
- Articulations Agreements with 4 year institutions: The Education program at Shoreline articulates
well with many of the four-year colleges in Washington for Early Childhood and Elementary
Education programs. We work closely with Mayville University in North Dakota, to
offer the first two years of study fo ran online degree in Early Childhood Education,
as well as a mostly online degree in Elementary Education. Our faculty can tell you
more about the opportunities to pursue a 4-year degree, starting at Shoreline.
- On Campus Lab School: We collaborate with our on-campus childcare, the Parent Child
Center, to provide a setting for practicuum and internship experiences for students.
We have numerous connections with a variety of other off-campus programs and public
school settings for students who are interested in other options for practicuum and
internship placements, as well.
Education Professional/Technical Advisory Committee