Designed for beginning and experienced Early Care & Education teachers who are seeking or are in leadership positions in the field.
Classes are designed to promote awareness and increase skill in creating and maintaining sustainable (green) practices in teachers’ programs. This certificate can be taken on its own or as a follow-up to the Creating a Green Classroom Certificate. 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|
|ECE 126||Nature & Outdoors||2|
|ECE 134||Issues & Trends Green||2|
|ECE 190||Practicum 4: Green||3|
|ECED& 170||Environments for Young Children||3|
|ECED& 139||Administration of Early Learning Programs||3|
|ECS 149||ECE Curriculum — Health, Safety, Nutrition & Cooking Lab||4|
|ECS 277||Professionalism & Ethics||2|
Gain skills and knowledge on the components of an outdoor classroom. Includes ways to incorporate creativity while supporting children as they explore nature in the environment, as well as sustainable practices for young children.
Research topics that cover some of the current sustainable practices and trends in the ECE field.
Provides the student with the opportunity for practical field experience with a sustainable practices or “green” specialization. Includes a seminar component.
Design, evaluate and improve indoor and outdoor environments that ensure quality learning and nurturing experiences and optimize the development of young children.
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.
Explore the different aspects of early childhood curriculum in health, safety and nutrition, as well as cooking with young children.
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.