Early Care & Education: Special Needs Certificate

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Designed for experienced Early Care and Education teachers who are eager to increase their skill in working with children of all abilities. Explores the many facets of leadership positions, how to lead staff, and advocate for the needs of young children.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 4

Estimated Cost: $4,000.86

Admission Dates: Fall, winter, spring and summer quarters

Prerequisites: COMPASS Reading 68 and Writing 33, or successful completion of ENG 82. Students are required to take the COMPASS test before entry into the program.

Classes are offered in the evenings with an arranged practicum experience.

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 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete graduation requirements. All courses must be completed with a minimum of a C grade to graduate.

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. Students are required to take the COMPASS test before entry into the program.

General education requirement: ASL& 121 American Sign Language requires college-level English.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
ASL& 121 American Sign Language 1 5
ECE 120 Interpersonal Skills for the ECE Professional 2
ECE 230 Inclusion in ECE 3
ECED& 190 Observation & Assessment 3
ECS 206 Signing with Infants & Toddlers 2
ECS 235 Issues & Trends in ECE 2
ECS 277 Professionalism & Ethics in ECE 2
ECS 295 Dap-Special Needs 2
ECS 297 Practicum IV: Special Needs 3
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
EDUC& 150 Child, Family and Community 3
  Total Credits for Completion 35