Designed for experienced early care and education teachers seeking leadership positions in their career field. Classes are offered in the evenings with an 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.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|ECED& 139||Administration of Early Learning Programs||3|
|ECS 235||Issues & Trends||2|
|ECS 266||Leadership in Early Childhood Education||4|
|ECS 277||Professionalism & Ethics||2|
|ECS 286||Practicum IV Leadership||3|
|ECS 290||Mentoring in ECE||1|
|EDUC& 150||Child, Family and Community||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.
Research that covers some of the current issues and trends in the ECE field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students working with children ages 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.