Education Transfer - Early Childhood


If you enjoy being around children, have the power to motivate and inspire, and have qualities such as patience and creativity, then the Washington State Community College Education Program might be the right choice for you. The program is designed to provide the general education and introductory education courses needed by those desiring a degree that will lead to teacher licensure. The program major is aligned with the standards for pre-service teacher education programs in the State of Ohio and attention has been paid to the guidelines of several accrediting agencies. The Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) for education has been fully approved and can be earned through this program.

Early Years Education

The basic curriculum illustrated provides for a major concentration in early childhood (three to eight years old) that will transfer to a variety of institutions offering four- and five-year degree programs that lead to teacher licensure. Graduates of Washington State's education transfer program have successfully transferred to Marietta College, West Virginia University-Parkersburg, Ohio University, Ohio Valley University, The Ohio State University, Muskingum University, and many other institutions. To increase the likelihood that smooth transfer occurs, students should work closely with their academic advisors to select specific courses which meet the requirements of the teacher education program they intend to pursue.

Other Fields

To complete degree and/or certification requirements in middle school, adolescent/young adult, or K–12 art, music, physical education, or special education, consult with an academic advisor to meet the requirements of the selected four-year institution.


Students will take courses spread across seven areas of general education: English Composition, Speech, Arts and Humanities, Mathematics (College Algebra or higher), Natural Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. At least 36 hours of course work in these areas must be taken from the Ohio Transfer Module list that appears in the Washington State Community College Catalog. Major courses include the Ohio TAG in education and several electives. Education Transfer majors must complete a minimum of 12 hours of education coursework. The Ohio TAG consists of:

  • EDUC 1000 Introduction to Education
  • EDUC 2100 Exceptional Individuals
  • PSYC 2750 Educational Psychology

The specific general education and major courses required to transfer vary by transfer institution. All education transfer students should work closely with an EDT adviser in order to ensure enrollment in the best classes for transfer to preferred 4-year schools.

Program Goals:

Upon Completion of the Education Transfer Program the student will be able to:

  • Goal 1: Meet the general education requirements of the college in preparation for the Praxis CORE exam.
  • Goal 2: Gain knowledge of the historical and philosophical foundations of education, and of school structure, government, and effective school operation in a pluralistic society.
  • Goal 3: Investigate career expectations and current educational issues.
  • Goal 4: Successfully complete in-school practicum experiences with typical, exceptional, and diverse learners to gain experience developing and executing instructional plans, working effectively with students, developing collaborative relationships and exploring the appropriateness of a career in education.
  • Goal 5: Demonstrate the ability to develop and execute a detailed lesson plan.
  • Goal 6: Gain knowledge about the characteristics, identification, and needs of exceptional individuals and how to adapt instruction to meet their needs.
  • Goal 7: Effectively utilize technology both with students in the classroom as well as in instructional planning.
  • Goal 8: Middle Years and Young Adult majors will enroll in and complete a minimum of two courses in their area of concentration.


People earning an AA in Education Transfer can seek employment as an Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Qualified Educational Aide. ESEA requires educational aides or paraprofessionals working in Title 1 settings to meet certain qualification: 1). Either an associate degree (or higher) from an accredited institution of higher education, or at least two years of study at an accredited institution of higher education (defined as 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours). Or 2). Successfully complete the examination for paraprofessionals prescribed by the State Board of Education (Para Pro).

Individuals seeking teacher licensure must complete a 4-year degree in education at an accredited college or university and clear a background check. In addition to teaching, find employment in libraries, child care facilities and businesses that need employee trainers. Additional coursework and teaching experience can lead to positions as a counselor, principal, superintendent, or curriculum supervisor.

Graduates of Washington State Community College's Education Transfer program are now teaching in public and private K-12 schools such as Ely Chapman, area pre-schools, and The Ohio Valley Education Service Center as Educational Aides. Those who have successfully gone on to complete their bachelor's degree have found employment throughout the country.

Successful completion of the education transfer program leads to the Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer where we have clear pathways to four-year institutions for graduates to earn their bachelors degree.

+ Several general education courses and some courses in the major can be taken online. A complete degree is not available in this format.

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