Catalog 2016-2017 
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State Early Childhood Education, Short Certificate of Specialization - General, Certificate of Completion

State Early Childhood Education Short Certificates of Specialization


Admission Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

The State Early Childhood Education Short Certificates of Specialization complete Step 6 of Level 2 on the Washington State ECE Career Lattice. The short certificate of specialization is the second of three short certificates that can lead to completion of an AAS degree. Within the short certificate of specialization students will complete all of the requirements of the Initial Credential, plus specialized curriculum. Students select one of the 5 areas of specialization for the short certificate.

  1. General
  2. Administration
  3. Family Child Care
  4. Infants and Toddlers
  5. School Age Care

General Certificate graduates will:

  • be prepared to maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • be prepared to monitor and make appropriate changes for safety in both the indoor and outdoor learning environment
  • be able to plan and monitor a children’s menu following DEL guidelines
  • be prepared to apply learning theory as it relates to children’s play in the learning environment
  • be prepared to work as an entry level staff member in an early childhood setting
  • be prepared to apply best practices in all interactions with children
  • be prepared to follow all guidelines for their area of specialization as outlined by DEL

Total Program Credits: 20