Academic Catalog

Washington State ECE Stackable Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 4-6 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Prepares students for careers in the Early Care & Education field as lead and assistant childcare providers. Students participate in experiential learning at the Hayes Child Development Center on the Lakewood campus or in approved local child care centers.

ECED& 100 provides students with the basic 30-hour S.T.A.R.S. certification. The program is designed for students to earn a certificate while working in the field.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities upon which technical skills are built and personal development is enhanced.

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.

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

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.

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.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
ECED& 105Introduction to Early Childhood Education5
ECED& 107Health, Nutrition and Safety5
ECED& 120Practicum: Nurturing Relationships2
ECED& 160Curriculum Development5
ECED& 170Environments for Young Children3
ECED& 180Language and Literacy Development3
ECED& 190Observation and Assessment3
EDUC& 115Child Development5
EDUC& 150Child, Family and Community3
ECE Specialization Elective 3
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
 Technical Credits47

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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Curriculum Development

Item #
ECED& 160
Total Credits
5

Investigate learning theory, program planning, and tools for curriculum development promoting language, fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative skills, and growth in young children.

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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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Language and Literacy Development

Item #
ECED& 180
Total Credits
3

Develop teaching strategies for language acquisition and literacy skill development at each developmental stage (birth through age 8) through the four interrelated areas of speaking, listening, writing and reading.

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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, 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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Child, Family and Community

Item #
EDUC& 150
Total Credits
3

Students working with children age's birth through school age and their families will learn how to integrate the family and community contexts in which a child develops. 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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ECE Specialization Elective

Total Credits
3
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English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking

Total Credits
5
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Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
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This page was last updated on June 30, 2017.