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Creating a Green Classroom Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 4 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
Minimum Accuplacer reading/writing combined score of 245 or equivalent, or successful completion of ENG 091.

Designed for beginning and experienced Early Care & Education teachers who are eager to increase their skill in creating and maintaining sustainable (green) practices in their work with children of all abilities.

Classes are offered in the evenings with  arranged practicum experience.

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 who has unsupervised access to children in licensed child care facilities.

Note: All courses must be completed with a minimum of a C grade to graduate.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
ECE 126Nature & Outdoor Classroom2
ECE 134Issues & Trends Green2
ECE 140ECE Curriculum: Math, Science & Technology3
ECE 156From Seed to Table: Gardening with Children2
ECE 158Just Recycle It!2
ECED& 107Health, Nutrition and Safety5
ECED& 170Environments for Young Children3
 Technical Credits19

Nature & Outdoor Classroom

Item #
ECE 126
Total 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. 

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Issues & Trends Green

Item #
ECE 134
Total Credits
2

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

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ECE Curriculum: Math, Science & Technology

Item #
ECE 140
Total Credits
3

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

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From Seed to Table: Gardening with Children

Item #
ECE 156
Total 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. 

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Just Recycle It!

Item #
ECE 158
Total Credits
2

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.

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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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Environments for Young Children

Item #
ECED& 170
Total Credits
3

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

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This page was last updated on June 19, 2017.