Special Needs Certificate

CIP Code


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.

Program Outcomes

Utilize child development theories to promote optimum learning outcomes for children.

Build family and community relationships in an inclusive learning environment.

Use observation techniques, assessment tools, documentation and planning procedures for all learners.

Implement a developmentally appropriate assessment cycle which plans for the needs of each child.

Apply developmentally and culturally appropriate teaching and guidance theories, principles and practices in an early childhood setting.

Create curriculum content to foster optimum growth and development of learners.

Demonstrate professional standards related to early childhood best practice.

Completion Requirements


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 & ASL & 122 American Sign Language 2 require college-level English.

Program Course List

EDUC& 115Child Development


EDUC& 130Guiding Behavior


EDUC& 150Child, Family and Community


ECED& 190Observation and Assessment


ECE 230Inclusion In Ece


ECE 297Practicum Specialization: Special Needs


ECS 235Issues & Trends


ECS 277Professionalism & Ethics


COLL 102College Success for All


ASL& 121American Sign Language I


ASL& 122American Sign Language II


Total Credit Hours:37