Academic Catalog

Sustaining a Green Program 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.

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.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
ECE 126Nature & Outdoors2
ECE 134Issues & Trends Green2
ECE 190Practicum 4: Green3
ECED& 170Environments for Young Children3
ECED& 139Administration of Early Learning Programs3
ECS 149ECE Curriculum — Health, Safety, Nutrition & Cooking Lab4
ECS 277Professionalism & Ethics2
 Technical Credits19

Nature & Outdoors

Item #
ECE 126
Total Credits
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. 

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Issues & Trends Green

Item #
ECE 134
Total Credits
2

Research topics that cover some of the current sustainable practices and trends in the ECE field.

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Practicum 4: Green

Item #
ECE 190
Total Credits
3

Provides the student with the opportunity for practical field experience with a sustainable practices or “green” specialization. Includes a seminar component.

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Environments for Young Children

Item #
ECED& 170
Total Credits
3

Design, evaluate and improve indoor and outdoor environments that ensure quality learning and nurturing experiences and optimize the development of young children.

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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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ECE Curriculum — Health, Safety, Nutrition & Cooking Lab

Item #
ECS 149
Total Credits
4

Explore the different aspects of early childhood curriculum in health, safety and nutrition, as well as cooking with young children.

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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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This page was last updated on July 23, 2015.