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State Early Childhood Education Certificate, Certificate of Proficiency

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The State Early Childhood Education Certificate aligns with the general staff qualification education requirements for staff interested in lead teacher and management level positions in ECE. All of the classes in this certificate apply towards the AAS in Early Childhood Education at LWTech.  

The State Early Childhood Education Certificate graduates will:

  • be prepared for a lead teacher or entry-level management position in the child care field
  • 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
  • plan and monitor the children’s menu and all food service
  • be prepared to apply learning theory and best practices in all interactions with children
  • be prepared to follow all guidelines as outlined by DEL
  • be prepared to establish positive and clear lines of communication with families and staff
  • be prepared to plan, implement and evaluate the children’s curriculum
  • be prepared to document children’s’ growth and development and use those documented observations to make program modifications to meet the needs of the individual child and to share with parents
  • demonstrate communication, critical thinking, cultural humility, information literacy, and teamwork skills
  • meet Quantitative Reasoning , Social Science , and Written Communication  general education distribution area outcomes

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

Program Requirements

Recommended Course Sequence

The courses listed below are a suggested sequence; as long as prerequisites are met, courses may be taken in a different order.

Specialization Areas

Select one of the following specialization areas OR students can complete EDUC& 130  and ECED& 170  to meet requirements.

General Education Requirements - 10 Credits

Diversity and Social Justice Requirement

Within the degree requirements, students must complete a 3-5 credit course that meets the college’s Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) requirement. DSJ courses are designated in the college schedule and are designed to meet other general education or technical requirements simultaneous to meeting the DSJ requirement (e.g., ENGL& 101 with the DSJ attribute meets both the ENGL& 101 requirement and the DSJ requirement).

Note: Not all sections of a course meet the DSJ requirement. Students should review the class information to ensure the class section includes “course attributes: meets diversity requirement.”

Visit the DSJ requirement webpage to view the current list of general education and technical courses that meet the requirement.

Students who have taken a DSJ class in a previous certificate or degree, do not have to take another DSJ class.

Total Program Credits: 47

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