Pictures of Hawaii Community College Early Childhood Education (ECED) Program
Early Childhood Education (ECED)

picture of ECED student with childrenThis program is designed to provide attitudes, skills, and knowledge for people who work with young children and their families in a variety of early childhood programs. The Certificate of Competence (C.O.) or Certificate of Achievement (C.A.) prepares students for support roles in early childhood programs. An Associate in Science (A.S.) degree prepares students to be teachers or lead practitioners in early childhood programs.

Students taking Laboratory or Practicum courses are required to complete fingerprinting and pass the criminal history record checks.

This degree is fully articulated with the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science (with a concentration in Early Childhood Education) offered through the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu via Distance Education. Students interested in pursuing the BA degree with UH West Oʻahu are encouraged to meet with an Early Childhood Education advisor their first semester.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students are prepared to:
  • Use knowledge of child development and of individual children to create healthy, challenging learning environments and experiences.
  • Build respectful partnerships with children, families, colleagues and communities.
  • Build positive relationships and guide children through supportive interactions.
  • Observe, document and assess children's development and learning in partnership with families.
  • Plan, implement, and assess learning experiences using appropriate content, concepts and methods.
  • Use reflective practices to base decisions and actions on ethical and professional standards.
  • Advocate for children and their families within the program.

Student Learning Outcome Assessment

We are committed to quality learning through the systematic assessment of our program and course learning outcomes.

Click here to view the Instructional Program Assessment Reports and Plans

General Education Requirements

picture of ECED student with childrenCertificate of Achievement:

  • Eng 21 or 102 or higher
  • Eng 22 or 100 or ESL 15
  • SpCo 51 or 151
  • Math 22 or higher
Associate of Science Degree:
  • Eng 100
  • Eng 102 or higher
  • SpCo 151
  • Phil 110 or Math 100 or higher (Math 115 recommended)
  • 3 credits Natural Environment electives (100 level or higher)
  • 6 credits Social Environment electives (100 level or higher)
  • 3 credits Cultural Environment electives (100 level or higher)
  • 3 credits (Ed 252 or Ed 255 or Humanities 100 level or higher)
  • 3 credits of General Electives (100 level or higher)
Graduating students must receive a grade of "C" or better in these courses in order to be awarded their certificate or degree: Ed 105, Ed 110, Ed 131, Ed 190 or Ed 191, and Ed 291.


Gainful Employment Disclosure

Beginning July 1, 2011, the US Department of Education began requiring colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation". We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

The data includes occupations, placement rates, on-time completion rates, average costs and program median loan debt.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Early Childhood Education Certificate of Achievement (CA) Program

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Early Childhood Education Certificate of Completion (CC) Program


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Contact Information
Hawaiʻi Community College
Early Childhood Education
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091

Phone: (808) 934-2629 or (808) 934-2637