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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

This 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 and provide documentation for the following:

  • Fingerprinting through DHS- there is a small fee
  • Criminal History Check and Child Welfare clearances
  • TB Clearance
  • First Aid & CPR Training
  • State licensing Child Care Registry

This degree is fully articulated the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science (with a concentration in Early Childhood Education) offered through the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu via Distance Education. There are also articulation agreements with Chaminade University of Honolulu, UH Manoa and the UH Hilo Psychology program. Students interested in any of these programs are encouraged to meet with an Early Childhood advisor in their first semester to review program requirements.

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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 partnerships 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.

Course Learning Outcomes


The Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Hawai‘i CC are an integral part of the local community and reflect its day-to-day life. Close cooperation among the faculty, employers, and employees in the community is maintained. One of the most effective formal means of providing for this type of cooperation is the Program Advisory Council. These groups advise their respective programs of training needs and new developments in the field. Councils include employers, alumni, and others knowledgeable about the field.

Early Childhood Education Program Advisory Council:

  • Wendy Correa, Curriculum Manager, Tutu and Me Traveling Preschool
  • Michelle Flemming, Childcare Director, Hawai‘i Island YWCA
  • Tamia McKeague,West Hawai‘i Project Manager, Kamehameha Schools
  • Napua Rosehill, Project Manager, Kamehameha Schools