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Associate of Applied Science Transfer in Early Childhood Education

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About the ECE Program:

Teaching and caring for the tribe’s youngest children is of tremendous importance to the Lummi Nation. Lummi people care deeply for their children and want them to thrive within their families, schools, and community.

This program of study is designed for people pursuing careers in the early care and education field. With a strong emphasis in early childhood, students are prepared for positions as lead teachers and for a variety of other employment opportunities in Head Start, child care, and other birth-to-eight programs. The student is also prepared to transfer to specific four-year degree programs. Students interested in transferring should consult with an NWIC advisor before selecting courses to ensure that they meet the requirements of the college or university of their choice.

ECE Contacts

Nahrin Aziz, M.Ed.

Lead Early Childhood Education Faculty and Principal Investigator

360-392-4308

naziz@nwic.edu

Kim Owen

Adjunct Early Childhood Education Faculty

kowen@nwic.edu

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of children’s characteristics and needs.
    Identify, analyze, and reflect upon multiple influences on child development and learning.
    Create safe, healthy, respectful, challenging, and culturally supportive environments for learning.

BUILDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Describe and reflect upon family and community characteristics within Native communities.
  • Support and empower families and communities through respectful and reciprocal relationships.
  • Involve Native families and communities in their children’s development and learning.
  • Assist families in reinforcing resilience and accessing resources.

OBSERVING, DOCUMENTING, AND ASSESSING

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Articulate the goals, benefits, uses, and culturally responsible uses of assessment.
  • Use observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools.
  • Articulate uses of assessment in partnership with families and other professionals serving Indigenous communities.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate their ability to connect with children.
  • Use developmentally and culturally effective approaches.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of content knowledge in early education.
  • Build meaningful, culturally engaged curriculum.

INTEGRITY, ADVOCACY, WARMTH, JOY, AND ATTENTION TO CHILDREN (COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS “PROFESSIONALISM”)

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Identify with and involve selves in the early childhood field, engaging in continuous, collaborative learning.
  • Act with integrity, engaging in informed advocacy for children, families, early learning programs, and themselves as early childhood educators.
  • Integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education.
  • Display warmth, joy, and attention with a commitment to relationship-based care and education.

Publications

Northwest Indian College Early Childhood Education Presentation

American Indian College Fund Annual Convening of Grantees

June 2016, Denver CO

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Northwest Indian College Early Childhood Education Poster Presentation
National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference
Tribal and Indigenous Early Childhood Network Forum
November 2019, Nashville TN

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Early Childhood Education STEM Presentation
Northwest Indian College Board of Trustees Meeting
June 2019, Bellingham WA

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National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference
Tribal and Indigenous Early Childhood Network Forum
November 2018, Washington DC

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Early Childhood Education Restorative Teachings Presentation
Northwest Indian College Board of Trustees Meeting
August 2018, Bellingham WA

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Early Childhood Education Restorative Teachings Presentation
Northwest Indian College Sacred Little Ones Workshop Presentation
World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education
July 2017, Toronto, ON


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Northwest Indian College Early Childhood Education Poster Presentation
National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference
Tribal and Indigenous Early Childhood Network Forum
November 2016, Los Angeles CA

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Northwest Indian College Early Childhood Education Presentation
National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference
Tribal and Indigenous Early Childhood Network Forum
November 2015, Orlando FL

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Northwest Indian College Early Childhood Education Presentation
National Family and Community Engagement Conference
June 2015, Chicago IL

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Northwest Indian College Early Childhood Education Presentation
University of Pennsylvania – Penn Graduate School of Education
Ethnography in Education Research Forum
February 2015, Philadelphia PA

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Northwest Indian College Sacred Little Ones Poster Presentation
World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education
May 2014, Honolulu, HI

Student Life

NWIC students are encouraged to engage and integrate into the life of the institution. Students are offered opportunities to participate in enrichment activities through Student Affairs, student government, and residence life.

Financial Aid

Northwest Indian College administers a broad range of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study programs for students who can demonstrate financial need.