Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education


This non-teaching endorsement program offered through the Department of Special Education and Education Leadership was designed to prepare graduates to work with families and children with disabilities or at-risk in a variety of non-school based settings/programs. This rigorous major combines content in Special Education with that in Early Childhood. Throughout the program, students develop skills that enable them to synthesize knowledge of development, assessment, evidence based intervention, family systems, and the legal/social/political context in which they work with the goal of supporting children and families.

Interested in working with individuals with disabilities, but not quite sure? Please feel free to contact someone in the Department of Special Education and Education Leadership. You might even be interested in our GUR course, EDUC 205 Disability, Diversity and Media.

Western’s Early Childhood Education program is part of the Woodring College of Education.

“I chose to be a part of the Early Childhood Education program because I want to make a difference in children’s lives. Being able to understand and support the young minds that will later become strong contributors to society, definitely makes me feel like a superhero.”

Tina Nguyen, Student

Beyond the Classroom

Practicum Placements

The college faculty coordinate a wide range of school and community based practicum placements strategically placed throughout the program. This provides frequent opportunities to interact with young children while developing your teaching skills.

Professional Development

Candidates may opt to participate in professional development activities outside of the classroom setting. These activities are varied and may include events such as professional development alongside practicing teachers/professionals in the local schools/community or attendance as selected informational talks or workshops.

Compass 2 Campus

The State of Washington mentoring initiative at Western is designed to increase opportunities in higher education by providing mentoring for 5th – 12th grade students from traditionally underrepresented and diverse backgrounds in Whatcom and Skagit counties. For more information on the program, visit this website.

Careers and Graduate Studies

There continues to be a shortage of professionals trained to work with young children with disabilities and their families. Our graduates work in a wide range of community based programs including Early Intervention Programs for young children age birth through three.

Our graduates have training in both Early Childhood Special Education and Early Childhood Education which provides them an excellent foundation for graduate programs. Many of our graduates have sought graduate training to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and specifically work with young children with autism.


Sample Jobs

  • Elementary Education Teacher (P-3)
  • Head Start
  • Childcare

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.