Special Needs Certificate

Designed for experienced Early Care & Education teachers who are eager to increase their skill in working with children of all abilities. Explores the many facets of leadership positions, how to lead staff, and how to advocate for the needs of young children. Classes are offered in the evenings with an arranged practicum experience.

Employability Requirements

To become a licensed child care provider in Washington, you must participate in a Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) licensing orientation and apply for and receive licensure. State law requires DCYF to run background checks on anyone who is authorized to care for or who has unsupervised access to children in licensed child care facilities.

Program Length

This program is approximately four quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements and depending on hours of enrollment. All courses must be completed with a minimum of a “C” grade to graduate.

Admission Dates

Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

Successful completion of ENG 091 or equivalent. Students are required to take the Accuplacer assessment or equivalent before entry into the program. ASL& 121 American Sign Language requires college-level English.

Program Course List

ASL& 121American Sign Language I

5

ECE 120Interpersonal Skills for the ECE Professional

2

ECE 230Inclusion In Ece

3

ECED& 190Observation and Assessment

3

EDUC& 115Child Development

5

EDUC& 130Guiding Behavior

3

EDUC& 150Child, Family and Community

3

ECS 206Signing with Infants & Toddlers

2

ECS 235Issues & Trends

2

ECS 277Professionalism & Ethics

2

ECS 297Practicum IV Special Needs

3

COLL 102College Success for All

3

Total Credit Hours:36