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Early Childhood Education Certificate Suggested Schedule








State Early Childhood Education Certificate

First Year

Second Year

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

NOTE: 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 should be able to demonstrate competency in the Washington State competencies for early childhood professionals, school age professionals, or paraprofessionals. Students should be prepared for entry level employment in the area for which the certificate or degree has been earned.

Initial Certificate (Micro-Certificate

First Year

Second Year

NOTE: This certificate is equivalent to a Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate. It is the first of three stackable certificates aligned with step 5 of Washington State's Career Lattice for Early Care and Education Professionals. Level 2 core competencies are taught and assessed, enabling assistant teachers to move to lead teacher positions in licensed child care centers.

Early Childhood Education General Short Cert.

First Year

Second Year

NOTE: Overview of the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals, and programs in action.

Administration Certificate

First Year

Second Year

NOTE: Develop administrative skills required to develop, open, operate, manage, and assess early childhood education and care programs. Explore techniques and resources available for Washington State licensing and NAEYC standard compliance.

Family Child Care Certificate

First Year

Second Year

NOTE: Family home providers serve as the business manager and children’s caregiver in a home based business. With or without assistants most providers care for a mixed age range from infants to age 12 on a daily basis; other providers serve a limited age group. In managing the home based business, the provider maintains all records and manages the budget. In the caregiver role, the provider plans and carries out activities that meet the needs and interests of the children. It is crucial that the caregiver maintains a safe, clean and healthy environment and provides nutritious meals and snacks. Developing partnerships with families is key.

Infant/Toddler Care Certificate

First Year

Second Year

NOTE: Infant/Toddler specialists work with young children from birth to age 3 in a variety of early care and education programs. It is the responsibility of the Infant/Toddler specialist to both nurture and provide developmentally appropriate education in safe, supportive environments.

School Are Care Certificate

First Year

Second Year

NOTE: School Age Care professionals work with children ages 5 to 12 in a variety of settings in family child care homes, profit or non profit centers, public schools and community centers.