Academic Catalog

Childhood Specialist Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 4-6 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
Proficiency in reading, writing, and understanding the English language is required. Students are required to take the COMPASS test before entry into the program. Students must have COMPASS scores of 68 in reading and 33 in writing, or they must successfu

Prepares students for careers in the Early Care & Education field as lead and assistant childcare providers. Students participate in experiential learning at the Hayes Child Development Center on the Lakewood campus or in approved local child care centers.

ECED& 100 provides students with the basic 30-hour S.T.A.R.S. certification. The program is designed for students to earn a certificate while working in the field.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities upon which technical skills are built and personal development is enhanced.

Employability Requirements: To become a licensed child care provider in Washington, you must participate in a Department of Early Learning (DEL) licensing orientation and apply for and receive licensure. State law requires DEL to run background checks on anyone who is authorized to care for or has unsupervised access to children in licensed child care facilities.

Note: All courses must be completed with a minimum of a ā€œCā€ grade to graduate. 

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
ECE 120Interpersonal Skills for the ECE Professional2
ECE 141ECE Curriculum: Math2
ECE 142ECE Curriculum: Science & Technology2
ECED& 100Child Care Basics (STARS)3
ECED& 105Introduction to Early Childhood Education5
ECED& 107Health, Nutrition and Safety5
EDUC& 115Child Development5
ECS 110CLComputer Essentials for the ECE Professional4
ECS 160Music/Movement & Creativity: Creative Art Curriculum5
ECS 181ECE Practicum I5
ECS 182ECE Practicum II5
ECS 183ECE Practicum III5
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
 Technical Credits63

Interpersonal Skills for the ECE Professional

Item #
ECE 120
Total Credits
2

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

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ECE Curriculum: Math

Item #
ECE 141
Total Credits
2

Explore the different aspects of early childhood curriculum in mathematics. 

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ECE Curriculum: Science & Technology

Item #
ECE 142
Total Credits
2

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

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Child Care Basics (STARS)

Item #
ECED& 100
Total 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.

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Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Item #
ECED& 105
Total 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.

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Health, Nutrition and Safety

Item #
ECED& 107
Total 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.

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Child Development

Item #
EDUC& 115
Total 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.

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Computer Essentials for the ECE Professional

Item #
ECS 110CL
Total 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. 

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Music/Movement & Creativity: Creative Art Curriculum

Item #
ECS 160
Total Credits
5

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

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ECE Practicum I

Item #
ECS 181
Total 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. 

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ECE Practicum II

Item #
ECS 182
Total 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. 

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ECE Practicum III

Item #
ECS 183
Total 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. 

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English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking

Total Credits
5
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Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
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General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)

Total Credits
5
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This page was last updated on July 27, 2015.