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ECE: State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate - Infant Toddler Care


This certificate is the second step in a pathway for students interested in working in the field of early childhood education. Students build upon the previous certificate, specializing in infant/toddler education. Learn theory of child development, focusing on infant and toddler care. Students complete 8 credits, resulting in a State Early Childhood Education Short Specialization: Infant/Toddler. Students interested in continuing their education would move into the Early Childhood Education Certificate.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Certificate Full Time: 1
Part Time: 2

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

There are no entry requirements for this program

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.

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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Part Time Cost

Resident Non-Resident International
$2,471.60 $2,818.40 $6,359.00

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Online: Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.
  • Hybrid: Hybrid courses provide students with the scheduling flexibility of fewer campus visits while covering the same materials as an equivalent class held entirely on campus. Hybrid classes usually have at least one on-campus meeting per week combined with a "virtual classroom" with online content, lessons and activities.
  • Evening: Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.


Completion of the courses listed below equals the State Initial ECE Certificate

Course Course ID Credits Availability

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. Students are required to work or volunteer directly with children.

ECED& 105 5.0

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, learn about responsibilities for mandated reporting, and learn about available community resources. This course requires students to work or volunteer directly with children outside of class time.

ECED& 107 5.0

In an early learning setting, students will engage in establishing nurturing, supportive relationships with all children and professional peers. Focus on children's health & safety, promoting growth & development, and creating a culturally responsive environment. This course requires students to spend time in an early learning setting outside of class.

ECED& 120 2.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Examine the unique developmental needs of infants & toddlers. Study the role of the caregiver, relationships with families, developmentally appropriate practices, nurturing environments for infants and toddlers, and culturally retentive care. Work/volunteer directly with children outside of class time.

ECED& 132 3.0

Build foundation for explaining how children develop in all domains, conception through early adolescence. Explore various developmental theories, methods for documenting growth, and impact of brain development. Topics and issues addressed: stress, trauma, culture, race, gender identity, socioeconomic status, family status, language, and health.

EDUC& 115 5.0