Feb 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog SVC 
2022-2023 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, State Early Childhood Education Certificate

47 credits

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 have demonstrated competency in the Washington State competencies for early childhood professionals, school-age professionals, or paraprofessionals. This credential meets the minimum educational requirements for childcare center directors.

Early Childhood Education (ECED) certificates have been aligned with state-wide standards to improve transferability. These certificates are “stackable,” i.e. build on each other, beginning with the ECED initial micro-certificate, which is equivalent to a Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate, followed by any one of the 20-credit certificates. The 47 credit ECED certificate requires taking all of the courses listed for the “stackable” certificates plus the general education courses of ENGL& 101 and WMATH 100 or BUS 111 or above. A certificate is awarded to students who complete the following courses with a 2.0 grade point average or above in each course.

First Year

Total Credits: 14

Second Quarter

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Quarter

Total Credits: 3


† Students who do not receive an appropriate test score will require additional coursework to develop necessary skills for entry into class.