Early Care & Education: Early Childhood Specialist Certificate

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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.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 4-6

Estimated Cost: $6,153.40

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. COMPASS Reading 68 and Writing 33, or successful completion of ENG 82.

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 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 four to six 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. Students must have COMPASS scores of 68 in reading and 33 in writing, or they must successfully complete ENG 082.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
ECE 120 Interpersonal Skills for the ECE Professional 2
ECE 141 ECE Curriculum: Math 2
ECE 142 ECE Curriculum: Science & Technology 2
ECED& 100 Child Care Basics (STARS) 3
ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107* Health, Nutrition and Safety 5
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
ECS 110 Computer Essentials for the ECE Professional 4
ECS 160 ECE Curriculum: Music/Movement/Creativity 5
ECS 181 ECE Practicum I 5
ECS 182 ECE Practicum II 5
ECS 183 ECE Practicum III 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition (or higher) or CMST& 220 5
MAT 105 Math for Industrial Professions (or higher) 5
PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class that meets the diversity requirement) 5
  Total Credits for Completion 63

*Articulated courses with High Schools for Dual Enrollment

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