Academic Catalog

State Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 1 quarter long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall quarter

Step 1: Washington State ECE Stackable Certificate

Students can earn this certificate as the starting point of their careers or to continue their professional development. The certificate focuses on competencies comparable to those of the Child Development Associate (CDA). This provides the foundation for the ECE State Certificate and associate degree. Courses include a 5-credit Introduction to Early Childhood Education; a 5-credit Health, Safety and Nutrition course, and a 2-credit practicum to apply learning.

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
 Technical Credits12

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Item #
ECED& 105
Total Credits

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.


Health, Nutrition and Safety

Item #
ECED& 107
Total Credits

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.


Practicum: Nurturing Relationships

Item #
ECED& 120
Total Credits

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.

This page was last updated on June 30, 2017.