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2016-17 Catalog 
2016-17 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

State Early Childhood Education Certificate

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Learning Outcomes

Aligned with the Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education and the Washington State Core Competencies for Child and Youth Development.  Approved by the Education Advisory Committee January 27, 2011.

  1. Child Growth and Development
    Understand how children acquire language and creative expression and develop physically, cognitively and socially.
  2. Curriculum and Learning Environments
    Establish an environment that provides learning experiences to meet children’s needs, abilities and interests. .
  3. Ongoing Measurement of Child Progress
    Observe and assess what children know and can do in order to plan and provide curriculum that meets their developmental needs.
  4. Families and Community Partnerships
    Develop strong relationships with families and work collaboratively with agencies/organizations to meet children’s needs and to encourage community’s involvement with early care and education.
  5. Health, Safety and Nutrition
    Establish and maintain an environment that ensures children’s safety, health and nourishment.
  6. Interactions
    Establish supportive relationships with children and guide them as individuals and as part of a group.
  7. Program Planning and Development
    Establish, implement, evaluate and analyze an early care and education setting.
  8. Professional Development and Leadership
    Serve children and families in a professional manner and participate in the community as a representative of early care and education.
  9. Cultural Competency and Responsiveness
    Understand diversity within and across cultures and provide an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment where all children, youth and families can take pride in their cultural identities, beliefs, and practices. Culture is defined as the intersection of one’s national origin, religion, language, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and physical/developmental ability.



  • Somes classes have entry requirements not listed here. Talk to a faculty adviser.

Important Notes

  • Agencies may require students to complete a criminal background check through MERIT and the Department of Early Learning prior to being offered an internship or employment.
  • This information does not substitute for meeting with a faculty adviser.
  • Students must achieve a  minimum 2.0 GPA in each  required class to attain a certificate or an AAS degree.
  • AAS degree programs emphasize preparation in specific job skills required for entry-level employment.
  • Not all classes are offered every quarter or at night.
  • Students attending only in the evening must remember it is likely to take longer than two years to complete program.

  • Coursework is highly interactive and includes field-based internships.

Specific Requirements

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