Academic Catalog

Early Care & Education Classes

Introduction to Apprenticeship

Item Number
ECE 102
Credits
1

Introduces beginning apprentices to apprenticeship training, state requirements, apprentice responsibilities, and professional and ethical conduct in the workplace. 

Interpersonal Skills for the ECE Professional

Item Number
ECE 120
Credits
2

Covers human relations roles and workplace skills. Discusses balancing individual technical skills with human relations and competencies. 

Just for the Fun of It: Preschool

Item Number
ECE 125
Credits
1

Students will explore the use and development of age-appropriate curriculum, creative ideas, projects, and activities that will make planning for the individual child and group fun and exciting. A fun hands-on class that will inspire you and enrich the lives of children in your program. Meets STARS continuing education requirements. 

Nature & Outdoors

Item Number
ECE 126
Credits
2

Gain skills and knowledge on the components of an outdoor classroom. Includes ways to incorporate creativity while supporting children as they explore nature in the environment, as well as sustainable practices for young children. 

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

Item Number
ECE 132
Credits
1

This course will focus on teaching parents, teachers and providers how to use emotion-coaching techniques that foster emotional intelligence in children. 

Emotionally Intelligent Parenting

Item Number
ECE 133
Credits
1

Examine the developmental needs across all domains from conception through infancy. Explore parenting/caregiving skills, how they are formed from prior experiences, and how they are affected by a deeper understanding of the child and oneself. 

Issues & Trends Green

Item Number
ECE 134
Credits
2

Research topics that cover some of the current sustainable practices and trends in the ECE field.

School Age Math, Science & Technology

Item Number
ECE 135
Credits
3

Explore the different aspects of the school age curriculum in science, math and technology. 

Raising a Physically & Nutritionally Intelligent Child

Item Number
ECE 136
Credits
1

Explore different aspects of health and nutrition in young children. 

ECE Curriculum: Math

Item Number
ECE 141
Credits
2

Explore the different aspects of early childhood curriculum in mathematics. 

ECE Curriculum: Science & Technology

Item Number
ECE 142
Credits
2

Explore the different aspects of early childhood curriculum in science and technology. 

Just for the Green of It

Item Number
ECE 143
Credits
1

Student will explore the use of developing sustainable “green” curriculum ideas, including age-appropriate creative projects and activities to use in your work with young children. This is a fun hands-on class that will inspire you and enrich the lives of children in your program.

From Seed to Table: Gardening with Children

Item Number
ECE 156
Credits
2

Discover how important connecting with nature and caring for living plants can be for children. Students will learn techniques to create plantings and cooking items grown to serve at the snack table. 

Just Recycle It!

Item Number
ECE 157
Credits
1

Students will explore the use of developing sustainable “green” curriculum ideas that use recyclable materials to make creative projects and activities to use in your work with young children.

Practicum 4: Green

Item Number
ECE 190
Credits
3

Provides the student with the opportunity for practical field experience with a sustainable practices or “green” specialization. Includes a seminar component.

Practicum 4: The Emotionally Intelligent Child

Item Number
ECE 194
Credits
3

Provides the student with the opportunity for practical field experience with an emotional intelligence specialization. Includes a seminar component.

Practicum 4: Working with Families

Item Number
ECE 198
Credits
3

Provides the student with the opportunity for practical field experience with a specialization in working with families. Includes a seminar component.

Practicum 4: Responsive Caregiving for Infants and Toddlers

Item Number
ECE 219
Credits
3

Explores responsive caregiving for infants and toddlers including: best practices, building trust, environments, creating lesson plans, theories of development and collaborating with families.

Inclusion in ECE

Item Number
ECE 230
Credits
3

Introduction to including children with special needs in the ECE field. 

Diversity Awareness & Curriculum Development

Item Number
ECE 245DIV
Credits
3

Exploring our own cultural awareness supports our work with diverse populations and is paramount to planning for and interacting with young children and their families. In this course, you will explore the various aspects of bias to develop strategies and an anti-bias approach within the early childhood curriculum. 

Portfolio Adventure

Item Number
ECE 290CAP
Credits
2

Provides the student with the opportunity to compile their Early Care and Education degree portfolio. The portfolio adventure is an opportunity for the student to establish self-marketing goals in the field and to produce an end product that reflects the student’s best practice, passion, and experience to date in the program and field. Students will receive instructor guidance and feedback and will participate in the ECE portfolio review process prior to graduation. 

Child Care Basics (STARS)

Item Number
ECED& 100
Credits
3

Designed to meet licensing requirements for early learning teachers and family home child care providers, the STARS 30-hour basics course is recognized in the MERIT system. Topics include child growth/development, cultural competency, community resources, guidance, health/safety/nutrition and professional practice.

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Item Number
ECED& 105
Credits
5

Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices and program models. Observe children, professionals and programs in action.

Health, Nutrition and Safety

Item Number
ECED& 107
Credits
5

Develop knowledge and skills to ensure good health, nutrition and safety of children in group care and education programs. Recognize the signs of abuse and neglect, responsibilities for mandated reporting, and available community resources.

Infants & Toddlers — Nurturing Care

Item Number
ECED& 132
Credits
5

Examine the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Study the role of the caregiver, relationships with families, developmentally appropriate practices, nurturing environments for infants and toddlers and culturally relevant care.

Administration of Early Learning Programs

Item Number
ECED& 139
Credits
3

Develop administrative skills required to develop, open, operate, manage and assess early childhood education and care programs. Explore techniques and resources available for Washington State licensing and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standard compliance.

Curriculum Development

Item Number
ECED& 160
Credits
5

Investigate learning theory, program planning, and tools for curriculum development promoting language; fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative skills; and growth in young children.

Environments for Young Children

Item Number
ECED& 170
Credits
3

Design, evaluate and improve indoor and outdoor environments that ensure quality learning and nurturing experiences and optimize the development of young children.

Language and Literacy Development

Item Number
ECED& 180
Credits
3

Develop teaching strategies for language acquisition and literacy skill development at each developmental stage (birth through age 8) through the four interrelated areas of speaking, listening, writing and reading.

Observation and Assessment

Item Number
ECED& 190
Credits
3

Collect and record observation and assessment data in order to plan for and support the child, the family, the group and the community. Practice reflection techniques, summarizing conclusions and communicating findings.

Computer Essentials for the ECE Professional

Item Number
ECS 110CL
Credits
4

Covers the essential computer tools and techniques necessary for the ECE professional. Covers designing forms, parent newsletters, fliers, brochures and other materials needed to smoothly run a child care center. 

Introduction to the Early Childhood Profession

Item Number
ECS 121
Credits
2

Examines professional characteristics, responsibilities and rewards for individuals working with young children.  Ethics and work place skills will be examined.  Washington State Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes will be covered. ECS 121 is the foundation course for series ECS 121-127.

Ways to Study How Children Grow/Learn

Item Number
ECS 122
Credits
2

Examines theory and field practices to facilitate physical and intellectual development of young children.  Ethics and work place skills will be examined.  Washington State Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes will be covered.

Self, Social and Positive Guidance

Item Number
ECS 123
Credits
2

Examines theory and field practices to support social and emotional development of young children and provide positive guidance.  Ethics and work place skills will be examined.  Washington State Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes will be covered.

Productive Relationships with Families

Item Number
ECS 124
Credits
2

Examines theory and field practices to establish positive and productive relationships with families.  Ethics and work place skills will be examined.  Washington State Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes will be covered.

Program Management

Item Number
ECS 125
Credits
2

Examines theory and field practices to ensure a well-run purposeful program that is responsive to participant needs.  Ethics and work place skills will be examined.  Washington State Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes will be covered.

Professionalism

Item Number
ECS 126
Credits
2

Examines theory and field practices necessary to maintain knowledge of and commitment to professionalism in the early learning field.  Ethics and work place skills will be examined.  Washington State Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes will be covered.

CDA Capstone

Item Number
ECS 127CAP
Credits
2

Reviews the six CDA competency areas and prepares students for CDA application and testing process. 

ECE Curriculum — Health, Safety, Nutrition & Cooking Lab

Item Number
ECS 149
Credits
4

Explore the different aspects of early childhood curriculum in health, safety and nutrition, as well as cooking with young children.

Music/Movement & Creativity: Creative Art Curriculum

Item Number
ECS 160
Credits
5

Explore the different aspects of the early childhood curriculum in creative art, music, movement and creativity. 

ECE Practicum I

Item Number
ECS 181
Credits
5

Provides students with practical field experience. Students will work at community child care centers or the Hayes Child Development Center on the Lakewood Campus, allowing them to apply classroom study to on-the-job situations. Includes a scheduled seminar. 

ECE Practicum II

Item Number
ECS 182
Credits
5

Provides students with practical field experience. Students will work at community child care centers or the Hayes Child Development Center on the Lakewood campus, allowing them to apply classroom study to on-the-job situations. Includes a scheduled seminar. 

ECE Practicum III

Item Number
ECS 183
Credits
5

Provides students with practical field experience. Students will work at community child care centers or the Hayes Child Development Center on the Lakewood campus, allowing them to apply classroom study to on-the-job situations. Includes a scheduled seminar. 

Preschool Activities

Item Number
ECS 202
Credits
2

Covers developmentally appropriate activities for preschoolers. This is a hands-on class that will provide a chance for making and sharing samples. 

Signing with Infants & Toddlers

Item Number
ECS 206
Credits
2

Signing for basic communication with infants and toddlers with an emphasis on working with children who exhibit language delays. 

ECE Practicum IV Infants/Toddlers

Item Number
ECS 217
Credits
3

Provides students with the opportunity for practical field experience with specialization in infants and toddlers. 

Curriculum for School Age

Item Number
ECS 220
Credits
2

Focuses on curriculum suitable for the development of school-age children. 

School Age Environment

Item Number
ECS 225
Credits
2

Focuses on suitable environments for the development of school-age children. 

ECE Practicum IV School Age

Item Number
ECS 230
Credits
3

Provides students with opportunities for practical field experience with school-age specialization. 

Issues & Trends

Item Number
ECS 235
Credits
2

Research that covers some of the current issues and trends in the ECE field. 

Curriculum for Family Child Care

Item Number
ECS 260
Credits
2

A focus on developmentally appropriate curriculum for children in family child care settings with multiple ages. 

Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Item Number
ECS 266
Credits
4

Designed for leaders in the early childhood field. Essential skills for effective leadership will be covered: creating a shared vision, team building, managing change, personal development, communication, conflict management, staff development and empowerment strategies. 

Professionalism & Ethics

Item Number
ECS 277
Credits
2

Examines NAEYC’s Code of Ethical Conduct. Includes determining an Early Childhood professional’s responsibilities to children, families, colleagues, and the community, using frameworks for ethical decision-making and exploration of personal and professional growth. 

Practicum IV Leadership

Item Number
ECS 286
Credits
3

Provides students with the opportunity for practical field experience with a leadership specialization. Includes a seminar component and observations. Focuses on emotional intelligence and conducting meetings. 

Practicum IV Preschool

Item Number
ECS 287
Credits
3

Provides students with opportunities for a practical field experience with a preschool specialization. Includes a seminar component and observations. 

Practicum IV Family Childcare Professional

Item Number
ECS 288
Credits
3

Provides the student with the opportunity for a practical field experience with a family child care specialization. Includes a seminar component and observations. 

Mentoring in ECE

Item Number
ECS 290
Credits
1

Learn fundamental skills needed for early childhood mentors who practice as trainers and coaches. Covers concepts of adult learning, communication, observation, feedback and conflict resolution. 

Theories of Child Development

Item Number
ECS 292
Credits
3

Exploration of child development theories and their application to the education of young children. 

Developmentally Appropriate Practices Special Needs

Item Number
ECS 295
Credits
2

Designed for caregivers of children with special needs. Specific techniques for working with these children and how their cognitive, physical, social and emotional development is affected. Impact on the family and attempts at regular classroom inclusion will also be covered. 

Practicum IV Special Needs

Item Number
ECS 297
Credits
3

Provides the student with the opportunity for a practical field experience with specialization in special needs. Includes a seminar component. 

Child Development

Item Number
EDUC& 115
Credits
5

Build a functional understanding of the foundation of child development, prenatal to early adolescence. Observe and document physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of children, reflective of cross-cultural and global perspectives.

Guiding Behavior

Item Number
EDUC& 130
Credits
3

Examine the principles and theories promoting social competence in young children and creating safe learning environments. Develop skills promoting effective interactions, providing positive individual guidance and enhancing group experiences. 

Child, Family and Community

Item Number
EDUC& 150
Credits
3

Students working with children age's birth through school age and their families will learn how to integrate the family and community contexts in which a child develops. The students will learn how to explore cultures and demographics of families in society, community resources, strategies for involving families in the education of their child and tools for effective communication.

Introduction to Education

Item Number
PARA 105
Credits
5

Explores teaching as a profession as well as the history and philosophy of education. Includes classroom procedures, reports and research.

Introduction to Exceptional Children

Item Number
PARA 124
Credits
5

Focuses on human development risk factors and early intervention. Includes cultural perspectives and family dynamics. Covers specific disability information.

Augmented & Alternative Communication

Item Number
PARA 133
Credits
4

Assist special needs learners with various educational software programs designed to improve basic skills. Discusses best practices in CAI.

Strategies for Teaching Reading

Item Number
PARA 140
Credits
4

Techniques to aid special needs children’s reading comprehension and gifted children’s ability to elevate to a higher level of comprehension. Covers general principles for teaching reading.

Core Competencies Portfolio

Item Number
PARA 201
Credits
5

Students prepare portfolios documenting completion for the 14 Washington State Core Competencies required for para-educators working with special needs children.

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