Early Childhood Education

Michele Reeves

The Early Childhood Education Program (ECE) offers certificates to meet the requirements of Steps 5, 6, 7 of Level 2 on the Washington State Career Lattice for Early Care and Education Professionals. Students begin with coursework to obtain a State Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate (12 credits-Step 5). These same 12 credits apply toward the Short Certification in Early Childhood Education (20 credits-Step 6). The 20 credits from the Short Certificate of Specialization in Early Childhood Education apply toward the State Early Childhood Education Certificate (54 credits--Step 7). The credits earned in the “State Early Childhood Education Certificate” apply toward the 90+-credit Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education degree (Steps 8 & 9).

Many of the ECE courses are offered once a year; however, classes are offered in the evening and online to allow individuals to work and attend school. Some courses are offered as I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) models to support students with basic skills; such as reading, writing, and mathematics.

Degrees and Certificates


ECED& 100: Child Care Basics

Credits 3
This course is designed to meet licensing requirements for early learning lead teachers and family home child care providers, STARS 30 hour basics course recognized in the MERIT system. Topics: child growth/development, cultural competency, community resources, guidance, health/safety/nutrition and professional practices. Course may include fieldwork. (Formerly: ECE 175)

ECED& 105: Intro Early Child Ed

Credits 5
Explore 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. Course may include fieldwork. (Formerly: ECE 100)

ECED& 107: Health/Safety/Nutrition

Credits 5
This course introduces basic concepts of equitable health, safety and nutrition standards for the growing child in group care and education programs. Requirements as outlined in Child Care Block Grant funding (CCDF) and state licensing standards for child care providers will be covered including the knowledge and skills to ensure appropriate health, nutritional, and safety practices. In addition, the course will emphasize the skills necessary to recognize signs of child maltreatment, the educator s role as a mandated reporter and the process of identifying and referring families to available community resources. Course may include fieldwork. (Formerly: ECE 105)

ECED& 120: Practicum-Nurturing Rel

Credits 2

In an early learning setting, engage in establishing nurturing, supportive relationships with all children and professional peers. Focus on children's health & safety, promoting growth & development, and creating a culturally responsive environment. Students are required to complete 33 hours of child observations and interactions in a preschool classroom environment.

ECED& 132: Infants/Toddlers Care

Credits 3
Examine the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Study the role of the caregiver, relationships with families, developmentally appropriate practices, nurturing environments for infants and toddlers, and culturally relevant care. Course may include fieldwork. (Formerly: ECE 108)

ECED& 134: Family Childcare Management

Credits 3
Learn how to manage a family childcare program. Topics include: licensing requirements, record-keeping, relationship building, communication strategies, guiding behavior, and promoting growth and development. Course may include fieldwork.

ECED& 138: Home Visiting & Family Engagement

Credits 3
Plan and provide home visits and group activities that promote secure parent-child relationships and support families to provide high-quality early learning experiences that are embedded in everyday routines and experiences. Course may include fieldwork.

ECED& 139: Admin of Early Lrng Prog.

Credits 3
Develop administrative skills required to develop, open, operate, manage, and improve early childhood education and care programs. Acquire basic business management skills. Explore resources and supports for meeting Washington State licensing and professional NAEYC standards. Course may include fieldwork. (Formerly: ECE 160)

ECED& 160: Curriculum Development

Credits 5
Investigate learning theory, program planning, tools and methods for curriculum development promoting language, fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative skills and growth in children birth through age 8 utilizing developmentally appropriate practice. Course may include fieldwork. (Formerly: ECE 230)

ECED& 170: Environments-Young Child

Credits 3
This class focuses on the adults role in designing, evaluating, and improving indoor and outdoor environments that ensure quality learning, nurturing experiences, and optimize the development of young children. Course may include fieldwork. (Formerly: ECE 135)

ECED& 180: Lang/Literacy Develop

Credits 3
Teaching strategies for language acquisition and literacy skill development are examined at each developmental stage (birth-age 8) through the four interrelated areas of speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Course may include fieldwork. (Formerly: ECE 250)

ECED& 190: Observation /Assessment

Credits 3
Collect and record observation data in order to plan for and support the child, the family, the group and the community. Practice reflection techniques, summarizing conclusions and communicating findings. Course may include fieldwork.

ECED 122: Science and Math for Young Children

Credits 4

This course provides a study of the cognitive and motor development of young children as it applies to math and science conceptual development. Students will learn to research, create and plan assessment of math and science pedagogy, and develop curriculum and materials for the early childhood learning environment.