Washington State ECE Stackable Certificate

Prepares students for careers in the Early Care & Education field as lead and assistant childcare providers. Students participate in experiential learning at the Hayes Child Development Center on the Lakewood Campus or in approved local child care centers. The entire credential is broken down into three steps (Initial Certificate, Washington State Short Certificate of Specialization, and remaining ECE Washington State Certificate requirements).

ECED& 100 provides students with the basic 30-hour S.T.A.R.S. certification. The program is designed for students to earn a certificate while working in the field.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities upon which technical skills are built and personal development is enhanced.

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 one quarter 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)

ECED& 100: Child Care Basics (STARS) or equivalent. Proficiency in reading, writing, and understanding the English language is required. Students are required to take the Accuplacer assessment or equivalent before entry into the program. Successful completion of ENG 091 or equivalent.

Program Course List

ECED& 105Introduction to Early Childhood Education

5

ECED& 107Health, Safety & Nutrition

5

ECED& 120Practicum: Nurturing Relationships

2

ECED& 160Curriculum Development

5

ECED& 170Environments for Young Children

3

ECED& 180Language and Literacy Development

3

ECED& 190Observation and Assessment

3

EDUC& 115Child Development

5

EDUC& 150Child, Family and Community

3

ECE Specialization Elective

3

 

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

Or

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

 

Any 100-Level Math Class

5

Total Credit Hours:47

ECE Specialization Elective: See listing below

Note: English Composition or higher

ECED& 107: Articulated courses with high schools for dual enrollment

ECE Specialization Elective

Students must choose one of the following:

ECED& 132Infants & Toddlers - Nurturing Care

3

ECED& 139Administration of Early Learning Programs

3

EDUC& 130Guiding Behavior

3

EDUC& 134Family Child Care Management

3

EDUC& 136School Age Care Management

3