Academic Catalog

Short ECE Certificate of Specialization

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 1 quarter long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Step 2: Washington State ECE Stackable Certificate (Initial certificate plus the following requirements)

This certificate builds on the Initial Certificate (for a total of 37 credits). At this point, professionals can choose one of five specializations: ECE general, infant-toddler care, school-age care, family child care, and ECE administration. For each specialization, students must take a 5-credit Child Development course, plus a course aligned with the specific specialization.

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.

Prerequisite(s): ECED& 100: Child Care Basics (STARS) or equivalent. Proficiency in reading, writing, and understanding the English language is required. Students are required to take the Accuplacer assessment or equivalent before entry into the program. Students must have a minimum Accuplacer reading/writing combined score of 245 or equivalent, or they must successfully complete ENG 091.

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

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
ECED& 105Introduction to Early Childhood Education5
ECED& 107Health, Nutrition and Safety5
ECED& 120Practicum: Nurturing Relationships2
EDUC& 115Child Development5
ECE Specialization Elective 3
 Technical Credits20

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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Practicum: Nurturing Relationships

Item #
ECED& 120
Total Credits
2

Students will apply theories of best practice in an early learning setting. Focus will be on developing supportive relationships while keeping children healthy and safe.

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Child Development

Item #
EDUC& 115
Total Credits
5

Build a functional understanding of the foundation of child development, from 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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ECE Specialization Elective

Total Credits
3
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This page was last updated on June 30, 2017.