Early Childhood Education (ECE)

This new emphasis provides a linguistic and culturally responsive education in Early Childhood Education.

Evergreen Tacoma is pleased to offer a new area of emphasis in Early Childhood Education (ECE).

This curriculum is part of a sequence that prepares students for entry into a variety of different early childhood education certification programs. At Evergreen Tacoma, students complete their studies with a BA degree in liberal studies, with an emphasis in ECE.

This program is intended for those pursuing an Early Childhood Education emphasis. Students working for an Early Achievers site are also encouraged to apply for scholarships through Child Care Aware’s Washington Scholars Program https://childcareawarewa.org/providers/#scholarships

If you are interested in this program contact Recruitment Lead, Shawn Harris (Shawn.Harris1@evergreen.edu).

2022-2023 – Program and Course Content

Fall 2022

  • Lyceum – ECE: Working with Families
    Building relationships with families and community in early childhood education.
    Credits: 6
  • Soy Bilingue Seminar: Language, Culture, and Young Children
    Developing a language plan, selecting options for organizing language usage, and responding to the linguistic and cultural backgrounds of children and their families in curriculum planning.
    Credits: 5
  • Tribal Sovereignty and Early Childhood Education
    A three lessons designed for early learners to experience concepts related to tribal sovereignty and local tribal history: (1) Who We (2) House of Salmon (3) Respecting Our House
    Credits: 5

Winter 2023

  • Lyceum - ECE: Teaching Umoja
    The concept of tri-literacy which includes enculturation, bi-culturation, and acculturation
    Credits: 6
  • Art with Young Children
    Examining the benefits of arts-based curriculum in the development of imagination and cognitive, language and communication, and social skills.
    Credits: 5
  • Child Development
    Building a functional understanding of the foundation of child development, prenatal to early adolescence; and observing and documenting physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children, reflective of cross cultural and global perspectives.
    Credits: 5

Spring 2023

  • Lyceum - ECE: STEAM with Young Children
    A multicultural approach to STEAM (which stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math)
    Credits: 6
  • Intra-Afrikan Early Childhood Education
    Taking a strengths-based approach to Intra-Afrikan Early Childhood Education, including African, African American, African Caribbean, African Indigenous, and Afro-Latino experiences.
    Credits: 5
  • Child Guidance and Socio-Emotional Development
    Examining the principles and theories of promoting social wellness and competence in young children and creating responsive and nurturing learning environments.
    Credits: 5

2023-2024 – Program and Course Content

Fall 2023

  • Lyceum - ECE: Reflective Practicum I
    Developing skills for community-based participatory action research within the field of early childhood education.
    Credits: 6
  • Theatre of the Oppressed
    Critically examining the content, authority, and portrayal of representation in theater, film, and TV. With an emphasis on analyzing and evaluating real life examples of reasoning thru representation and performance.
    Credits: 5
  • Storytelling, Play, and Literacy
    Examining definitions of literacy, the significance of literacy skills, and literacy development among young children and their families in dual language and multilingual communities.
    Credits: 5

Winter 2024

  • Lyceum – ECE: Reflective Practicum II
    Refining your focus based on professional, community, and cultural interests.
    Credits: 6
  • Cultivating a Sense of Belonging: Inclusion and Universal Design
    An inclusive and universal design responds to the language, culture, developmental level, abilities, and interests of all of the children.
    Credits: 5
  • The History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Early Childhood Education
    A focus on the moral complexities that illuminate the dilemmas of everyday life in classrooms.
    Credits: 5

Spring 2024

  • Lyceum – ECE: Reflective Practicum III
    Social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion will be the grounding context.
    Credits: 6
  • ECE Learning Environments and Practicum
    Improving instruction through direct interactions with children and families.
    Credits: 5
  • Linguistically and Culturally Responsive ECE
    A guide in creating socially oriented, child-centered, cultural arts-based curricula for young children in dual language, multilingual, and culturally responsive early childhood settings.
    Credits: 5