Early Care & Education: Early Childhood Foundation Certificate

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This program is offered only to CPTC-affiliated centers in the community. It prepares students for entry-level positions in the Early Care & Education field. Students participate in experiential learning in an approved local child care center.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 2

Estimated Cost: $2,716.92

Admission Dates: Fall, winter, spring and summer quarters

Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading, writing, and understanding the English language is required. Students are required to take the COMPASS test before entry into the program.

ECED& 100 provides students with the basic 30-hour S.T.A.R.S. certification. ECS 111-117 prepares students for the CDA assessment. The program is designed for students to earn a certificate while working in the field.

Employability Requirement: 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.

Program Length: This program is approximately two quarters long depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements and depending on hours of enrollment. All courses must be completed with a minimum of a ā€œCā€ grade to graduate.

Admission Dates: Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters. Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading, writing, and understanding the English language is required. Students are required to take the COMPASS test before entry into the program.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
ECE 120 Interpersonal Skills for the ECE Professional 2
ECED& 100 Child Care Basics (STARS) 3
ECS 111 Introduction to Early Childhood Profession 2
ECS 112 Ways Children Grow & Learn 2
ECS 113 Safe & Healthy Environment (dual credit) 2
ECS 114 Children's Social/Emotional Development 2
ECS 115 Physical/Intellectual Competence 2
ECS 116 Family Relationships 2
ECS 117 Early Childhood Professional 2
ECS 181 ECE Practicum I 5
ECS 182 ECE Practicum II 5
  Total Credits for Completion 29
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