​Education Department


Mission Statement:

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".

Department Goals


Our 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.

Program Outcomes

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 student

  • Apply essential concepts on the cyclical process of theory-action-reflection as an essential teaching strategy to build curriculum which stimulates learning in children.

  • Promote child 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 appropriate.

  • 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.

​​ED-ECE Pathways.pdf

PreK-12 Grades

Birth-Age 8
PreK-12 Grades

Central WA University 
K-8 Teaching Certificate
CWU - Yakima Campus   

Early Childhood Education -AAS-T
Eastern Washington University - Articulation Agreement 

AAS for Paraeducator

Heritage University Education Worksheet 
Toppenish Campus  

AAS and AAS-T in Early Childhood Education

Associates in Arts-Direct Transfer Degree
AA/DTA Worksheet  

AAS in ECE with Spec. Ed. Option

WSU AAS-T in ECE for Human Development - Articulation Agreement 

​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.
e-mail: gorgill@yvcc.edu
Office: Palmer Martin, Room 174

 Melissa (Kotzin) Matczak, MEd- Education/Early Childhood Ed.
email: mmatczak@yvcc.edu
phone: 509.574.4997
Office: Palmer Martin, Room 174