Academic Catalog

Special Needs 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
COMPASS score of 68 in reading and 33 in writing, or successful completion of ENG 082. Students are required to take the COMPASS test before entry into the program. ASL& 121 American Sign Language requires college-level English.

Designed for experienced Early Care and Education teachers who are eager to increase their skill in working with children of all abilities. Explores the many facets of leadership positions, how to lead staff, and how to advocate for the needs of young children. 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
ASL& 121American Sign Language I5
ECE 120Interpersonal Skills for the ECE Professional2
ECE 230Inclusion in ECE3
ECED& 190Observation and Assessment3
EDUC& 115Child Development5
EDUC& 130Guiding Behavior3
EDUC& 150Child, Family and Community3
ECS 206Signing with Infants & Toddlers2
ECS 235Issues & Trends2
ECS 277Professionalism & Ethics2
ECS 297Practicum IV Special Needs3
 Technical Credits33

American Sign Language I

Item #
ASL& 121
Total Credits
5

Informs students about deafness, deaf culture, the deaf community, and American Sign Language. Learn to communicate both expressively and receptively in American Sign Language in basic conversation situations. 

Prerequisites
Appropriate COMPASS (81 in reading, 77 in writing)/SLEP placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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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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Inclusion in ECE

Item #
ECE 230
Total Credits
3

Introduction to including children with special needs in the ECE field. 

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Observation and Assessment

Item #
ECED& 190
Total Credits
3

Collect and record observation and assessment data in order to plan for and support the child, the family, the group and the community. Practice reflection techniques, summarizing conclusions and communicating findings.

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Child Development

Item #
EDUC& 115
Total Credits
5

Build a functional understanding of the foundation of child development, 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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Guiding Behavior

Item #
EDUC& 130
Total Credits
3

Examine the principles and theories promoting social competence in young children and creating safe learning environments. Develop skills promoting effective interactions, providing positive individual guidance and enhancing group experiences. 

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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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Signing with Infants & Toddlers

Item #
ECS 206
Total Credits
2

Signing for basic communication with infants and toddlers with an emphasis on working with children who exhibit language delays. 

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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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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 Special Needs

Item #
ECS 297
Total Credits
3

Provides the student with the opportunity for a practical field experience with specialization in special needs. Includes a seminar component. 

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This page was last updated on July 23, 2015.