All training for this certificate is based on the Washington State core competencies for early care and education professionals and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards. Upon successful completion of the certificate, the student will be demonstrated competency in the Washington State competencies for early childhood professionals, school-age professionals, or paraprofessionals. Students should be prepared for entry-level employment in the area for which the certificate or degree has been earned.
A grade of C (2.0 GPA) in each course is required for this certificate.
ECED Initial Certificate
This certificate is equivalent to a Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate. It is the first of three “stackable” certificates aligned with step 5 of Washington State’s Career Lattice for Early Care and Education Professionals. Level 2 core competencies are taught and assessed, enabling assistant teachers to move to lead teacher positions in licensed child care centers.