State Early Childhood Education Certificate

This State Initial ECE Certificate is a point of entry or a continuation of professional development based on Level 1 on the Washington State Career Lattice (meets minimum child care licensing standards or registered apprentice in high school, high school or equivalent and 20 hours Basic STARS/MERIT training OR 2 college credits in Basics of Child Care course, at least 2 hours of training in each of the ECE Core Competency areas.) The Initial Certificate (Level 2 Step 5) is the first “stackable certificate” providing a foundation for the ECE State Credential and Associate degree.

Learning Outcomes

1.     Student will establish or improve, an early childhood learning environment using principles selected from classes (research, ECE theories and their life experiences).

2.     Student will observe actions, language, and social behavior of young children in an Early Childhood Education classroom, assess children’s skills and behavior based on developmentally appropriate practices, and report their findings.

3.     Critique organization and implementation of classroom processes in an early learning setting, identify concerns evident in the classroom, and formulate solutions to address these concerns.

4.     Provide parent education and encourage parental participation in early learning experiences with their own and other children through opportunities offered at the early learning setting.

Prerequisites

Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior course work. Course work earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering.

State Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate Prerequisites: Must contact Health and Human Services Department, 206-934-3790.

Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience, and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer, and advanced placement.

Students enrolling in this program should have access to early childhood settings and preschool-aged children. Observations of children and their environments is a requirement of the ECE Curriculum.

In order to successfully complete the program a 2.0 grade or higher is required in all Early Childhood Education courses.

Curriculum

Total credits from State Initial ECE Certificate:12
Total credits from State Short ECE Certificate of Specialization: 8
CourseTitleCredits
ECED&170 Environments 3
EDUC&150 Child, Family, Community 3
EDUC&180 Language & Literacy Development 3
ECED&160 Curriculum Development 5
ECED&190 Observation & Assessment 3
 ENGL&101 English Composition 5
 MATH Computation (ACCT110 or BUS116) 5
Total credits (excluding prerequisites) 27

Total Credits: 47 (excluding prerequisites)

Sequence

This program of study is outlined by quarter, and courses should be taken in the indicated sequence. However, it should not be concluded that students will always proceed through their program of study exactly as prescribed here. The number of quarters listed here is minimal. Not all courses are offered every quarter. Individual student experiences, educational and training background, and personal schedules and demands all may affect the time it takes to finish this program. Also, in general, summer quarter is not considered one of the full-time quarters in the program.

1st quarter:  EDUC&170, EDUC&150, ENGL& 101

2nd quarter:  EDUC&180, ECED&160, MATH

3rd quarter: ECED&190

Notes

What Skills do I need to be successful in this field?

To be successful in early childhood education you need to appreciate children, their families, and develop the abilities to use observation and assessment in order to plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets the individual child’s needs. This is best accomplished through formal education and lifelong learning in ECE.  http://www.onetonline.org

What are some potential job titles?

Teacher Aide, Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher

Wages, employment trends and pathways:

The concept behind the stackable certificate is the end result of Community College ECE coordinators, SBCTC, and the Department of Early Learning (DEL) joining together in a concerted effort to have in place a much clearer professional development pathway for students/and employees in the field returning to school.  Because there are a variety of wages and positions based on credentials, degrees, and experience for those who work with young children, a career lattice has been established.  The more certificates an individual obtains that lead a two-year ECE degree; wages will be increased along the way. 

Effective beginning: Winter 2014
State Early Childhood Education Certificate
46E / 12.1210

Early Childhood Education Program

Student Advisor
Darline Guerrero
email
Program Coordinator
Samantha Dolan
email
(206) 934-4625

Workforce Instruction Division

Location
2312B
Division Contacts
email
(206) 934-3730
Mailing Address
NSC Workforce Instruction Division
9600 College Way N
3NC2312B
Seattle, WA 98103
Dean
Laura Hopkins
 

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