Short ECE Certificate Of Specialization Certificate Step 2: Washington State ECE Stackable Certificate (Initial Certificate Plus the Following Requirements)

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This certificate builds on the Initial Certificate (for a total of 37 credits). At this point, professionals can choose one of five specializations: ECE general, infant-toddler care, school-age care, family child care, and ECE administration. For each specialization, students must take a 5-credit Child Development course, plus a course aligned with the specific specialization.

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


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.

Courses from Initial Certificate

ECED& 105Introduction to Early Childhood Education


ECED& 107Health, Safety & Nutrition


ECED& 120Practicum: Nurturing Relationships


Program Course List

EDUC& 115Child Development


ECE Specialization Elective


Total Credit Hours:20

ECE Specialization Elective: See list below

Note: Articulated courses with high schools for dual enrollment

ECE Specialization Elective

Students must choose one of the following:

ECED& 132Infants & Toddlers - Nurturing Care


ECED& 139Administration of Early Learning Programs


EDUC& 130Guiding Behavior


EDUC& 136School Age Care Management


ECED& 134Family Child Care