Academic Catalog

Early Childhood Leadership Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 2-4 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
COMPASS score of 68 in reading and 33 in writing, or successful completion of ENG 082.

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.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
ECED& 139Administration of Early Learning Programs3
ECS 235Issues & Trends2
ECS 266Leadership in Early Childhood Education4
ECS 277Professionalism & Ethics2
ECS 286Practicum IV Leadership3
ECS 290Mentoring in ECE1
EDUC& 150Child, Family and Community3
 Technical Credits18

Administration of Early Learning Programs

Item #
ECED& 139
Total 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.

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Issues & Trends

Item #
ECS 235
Total Credits
2

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

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Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Item #
ECS 266
Total 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. 

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Professionalism & Ethics

Item #
ECS 277
Total 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. 

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Practicum IV Leadership

Item #
ECS 286
Total 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. 

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Mentoring in ECE

Item #
ECS 290
Total 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. 

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Child, Family and Community

Item #
EDUC& 150
Total Credits
3

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.

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This page was last updated on July 23, 2015.