The Education Department prepares students with evidence-based knowledge, skills and competencies to support the education and care for children and families
Yakima Valley College's Education Department serves a diverse population of students by providing the opportunities and support to achieve their educational and career goals. We are committed to student learning and success through transfer preparation, certificates, associate degrees, career development, technical training, and continuing education. The Department is dedicated to providing higher education that engages students in rigorous and innovative learning experiences that enhance and sustain the cultural, intellectual, and economic vitality of the community.
As part of our mission, the Education Department aligns with the College Mission Statement and Core Themes. We are a program of study in the YVC Workforce Department.
|"The Workforce Education Division prepares students for careers in the evolving workplace and promotes lifelong learning".|
Education and Early Childhood faculty and staff are committed to building
relationships with students, families, and communities. We are committed
to excellence and use innovative evidence based practices, in order to give
students a solid foundation, to become skilled and informed educators.
Our priority is to provide access for students to professional
career in education. Student success evolves through our learner-centered approach with a primary focus on meeting the needs of our diverse learners. Our Department provides a foundation for lifelong learning resulting in completion of our students' educational and professional goals.
The Education Department's course work offers outcomes based, quality learning
experiences, with individualized support and advising to students in pursuit of
their educational, family and/or career goals.
The intent of our ECE course work is to address the content and
skill development required to work with children Birth to Age 8 and meet the
required Washington State Core competencies and the NAEYC National standards. Most ECE course are Common Courses and are equivalent at all Washington community and technical colleges. Our ECE certificates meet some of the teacher qualification and requirements in Early Childhood
Education programs, Head Start/ECEAP, Department of Early Learning (DEL) Licensing. More information on specific Certificates can be found in related links.
Upon successful completion of this
program, students will be able to:
Adherence to established standards of professionalism, ethics, and best
practices in the fields of early childhood and school-age education, special
education, teacher preparation, and adult education
Question, research, and develop ideas that respect the dignity, worth, culture, and uniqueness of each individual
essential concepts on the cyclical process of theory-action-reflection as an essential
teaching strategy to build curriculum which stimulates learning in
development and learning by understanding children’s needs to create
experiences that offer multiple ways to construct knowledge in a
respectful, supportive and learning environment that is developmentally
The use of a variety of pedagogy and assessment strategies to accommodate
individual student's learning needs.
All our ECE courses are aligned to the National Association of Education of Young Children NAEYC Standards , Washington State Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals, School- Age Professionals, or Paraprofessionals. Our Department is a proud member of the Early Childhood Teacher Prep Council ECTPC, Investing in Children Coalition IIC and Washington State Education of Young Children WAEYC
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Areas of Study
The Education Department is
comprised of several different areas of study: Education Direct Transfer Degree (DTA), Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education (AAS-ECE) and several ECE Certificates.
|CERTIFIED TEACHER |
|EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION |
|CWU Education Program Direct Transfer Degree AA/DTA||Early Childhood Education -AAS-T|
Eastern Washington University
|AAS for Paraeducator |
|Heritage University Transfer Degree -|
currently under revision
|AAS in Early Childhood Education |||
|WSU Transfer- currently under revision|
|AAS in ECE with Spec. Ed. Option|||
|||WA State ECE Stackable Certificates |||
|More WA State CERTIFICATION Found at: OSPI ||ECE Short Certificates in Specializations|
|||More about Birth-8 careers found at:|
More about current EDUC and ECE degrees and courses can be found at YVC Catalog
Admission to the Program
Students wishing to pursue a career in education or early childhood should schedule an appointment with a YVC Advisor to discuss the College admission process. Once a student has identified their pathway as Education, they will be required to meet quarterly with a program advisor.
Education Information packet is located at in Palmer Martin Hall and Lyon Hall 190: Campus Maps
- Eligible students may begin our Education programs in September (Fall Quarter), January (Winter Quarter), or March (Spring Quarter). More information YVC's admission process can be found at: College Admissions
Criminal History Information
Prior to enrolling in a practicum course (field experience), criminal history information will be requested of students. Information obtained from this inquiry will be treated confidentially and will be considered in determining the student's eligibility to complete clinical competencies.
Inability to participate in clinical experience, due to information obtained from the Washington State Patrol and DSHS criminal history and background inquiry, may result in a student's inability to satisfactorily complete program degree requirements.
Program Faculty & Facilities
Glenda Orgill, MEd- Department Chair; Education/Early Childhood Ed.
Melissa (Kotzin) Matczak,
Office: Palmer Martin, Room 174
MEd- Education/Early Childhood Ed.
Office: Palmer Martin, Room 174
THE EDUCATION PROGRAM TEAM