The successful candidate will join an Early Childhood Education program that provides comprehensive education to allow students to develop the skills need to support the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development of children from birth to grade 3. Pierce College offers various state stackable ECE certificates, a Professional-Technical Associate Degree in Early Childhood, and a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Teaching with a Washington Residency Certificate and endorsements in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. Students gain the knowledge and competencies necessary for a professional career working with young children in a variety of settings. The program combines hands-on training in the on-site laboratory school, in community early childhood programs, and in a yearlong residency in the public schools, with college-level classroom instruction aimed at creating skilled, culturally responsive, and reflective teachers. Students learn to develop and apply curriculum methods and to meet the needs of each and every child as an individual and as a member of social communities and families.
- Master's degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), or a related field (or in process) with completion before tenure can be granted
- Three years' full time ECE and/or ECSE experience (or equivalent combination of full and part-time) teaching experience with children birth to grade 3 and the ability to use those experiences to bring relevance and meaning to the adult learning classroom
- Demonstrated knowledge and application of adult learning theories
- Demonstrated knowledge and application of current ECE/ECSE theories and practices
- Demonstrated knowledge and application of coaching/mentoring skills