Academic Catalog

Early Childhood Foundation Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 2 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.

This program is offered only to CPTC-affiliated centers in the community. It prepares students for entry-level positions in the Early Care & Education field. Students participate in experiential learning in an approved local child care center.

ECED& 100 provides students with the basic 30-hour S.T.A.R.S. certification. ECS 121-127 prepares students for the CDA assessment. The program is designed for students to earn a certificate while working in the field.

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
ECED& 100Child Care Basics (STARS)3
ECS 121Introduction to the Early Childhood Profession2
ECS 122Ways to Study How Children Grow/Learn2
ECS 123Self, Social and Positive Guidance2
ECS 124Productive Relationships with Families2
ECS 125Program Management2
ECS 126Professionalism2
ECS 127CAPCDA Capstone2
ECS 181ECE Practicum I5
ECS 182ECE Practicum II5
 Technical Credits29

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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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 the Early Childhood Profession

Item #
ECS 121
Total Credits
2

Examines the personal characteristics, responsibilities and rewards for individuals working with young children. Ethics and workplace 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. 

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Ways to Study How Children Grow/Learn

Item #
ECS 122
Total Credits
2

Examines theory and field practices to facilitate the physical and intellectual development of young children. Ethics and workplace skills will be examined. Washington state minimum licensing requirements for child care centers and family child care homes will be covered. 

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Self, Social and Positive Guidance

Item #
ECS 123
Total Credits
2

Examines theory and field practices to support social and emotional development of young children and providing positive guidance. Ethics and workplace skills will be examined. Washington state minimum licensing requirements for child care centers and family child care homes will be covered. 

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Productive Relationships with Families

Item #
ECS 124
Total Credits
2

Examines theory and field practices to establish positive and productive relationships with families. Ethics and workplace skills will be examined. Washington state minimum licensing requirements for child care centers and family child care homes will be covered. 

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Program Management

Item #
ECS 125
Total Credits
2

Examines theory and field practices to ensure a well-run, purposeful program that is responsive to participant needs. Ethics and workplace skills will be examined. Washington state minimum licensing requirements for child care centers and family child care homes will be covered. 

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Professionalism

Item #
ECS 126
Total Credits
2

Examines theory and field practices necessary to maintain knowledge of and commitment to professionalism in the early learning field. Ethics and workplace skills will be examined. Washington state minimum licensing requirements for child care centers and family child care homes will be covered. 

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CDA Capstone

Item #
ECS 127CAP
Total Credits
2

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

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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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This page was last updated on July 23, 2015.