Early Childhood Studies

Early Childhood Studies

The early years have a major impact on a child’s success and well-being later in life. With a degree in early childhood studies, you’ll help shape that child’s future and set a solid foundation in the child’s overall development — and have a positive impact on that child’s family and the community, too.

About Our Program

If you love children and want a career where you can help nurture their natural curiosity and get them excited about learning from an early age, earn your bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Heritage University!

Our Early Childhood Studies degree is for students not looking to become certified teachers but who wish to enter or advance in careers with outside agencies and programs related to early childhood education. This program helps aspiring professionals develop the knowledge, skills and leadership qualities needed to succeed at these agencies as well as when working with parents, teachers and children seeking services. You’ll learn the latest practices and Washington State Early Learning Guidelines from professors with years of experience working as teachers and administrators in P-12 education. You’ll also take courses both in the traditional classroom on campus and online. Plus, get hands-on experience in local classrooms, childcare centers and agencies with internships and volunteer opportunities with Heritage’s partner agencies.

What Could You Do?

Preschool Teacher
Childcare Provider
Program Coordinator
Childcare Site Director
Crisis Nursery Worker
Head Start Coordinator
Child and Family Advocate

Degree Offerings

Bachelor of Arts, B.A.
Early Childhood Studies

Program Faculty

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Alma Ayala Alvarado

Director, Early Learning Center

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Mayra Ayala

Lead Preschool Teacher

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Arcelia Chavez-Arriaga

Lead Toddler Teacher

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Leticia Esparza

Assistant Toddler Teacher

Gloria Jones-Dance

Gloria Jones-Dance

Assistant Professor Early Childhood Studies

Claudette Lindquist

Claudette Lindquist

Chair, Early Childhood Studies/Dir, HUELC

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Mara Luke

Assistant Toddler Teacher

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Maribel Olivares

Lead Toddler Teacher

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Lupe Padilla

Program Manager

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Allie Terjeson

Assistant ECEAP Preschool Teacher

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Kimberly VanAlstine

Lead ECEAP Teacher