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State Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate of Completion Planning Guide

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Program Description:

This program is designed to prepare students for various positions in child care, preschool and after-school programs that are licensed in the State of Washington.

Program Advisor:

Betty Peace-Gladstone
206-546-4729 Rm 5384
Tasleem Qaasim
206-546-4787 Rm 5350

Certificate of Completion (12 Credits)

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, the information is subject to change without notice and final career decisions are the responsibility of the student.

Program Information:

Length of Program: 12 Credits
Completion Award: Certificate of Completion
Enrollment: Fall, Winter, Spring
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $0
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)


Certificate Completion

Students should automatically receive their Certificate after successful completion of all required courses. If you have not received your Certificate, please contact Jenifer Aydelotte in the office of Student Learning and Success at or 206-546-4719.

State Initial ECE Certificate -What is it?

This certificate provides evidence that a student has learned foundational information in working with young children in a group setting. State Child Care licensing requires a minimum of three classes in Early Childhood Education for many positions. This certificate is designed to meet licensing requirements as well as the Washington State Career Lattice guidelines for programs that are part of the Early Achievers Initiative in Washington. All of the classes in this certificate are also required for completion of more advanced certificates and the AAAS degree in Early Childhood Education.

Program Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this program -by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or better for the entire certificate- should be able to:

  1. Work positively with young children and staff in a group setting.
  2. Provide a safe and healthy learning environment for young children.
  3. Use ethical guidelines and professional standards related to early childhood practice.
  4. Identify and employ developmentally appropriate practices when working with children between the ages of birth and eight years.

Career Opportunities-What can I do with a State Initial ECE Certificate?

Teacher and teacher assistant positions in licensed child care centers and after-school programs are in high demand. With this certificate, the student will have credentials for entry level positions, at a minimum, in licensed child care facilities in the State of Washington.

Potential employers include: Licensed Child Care Centers, private preschool programs, child care family homes, after-school recreation programs. For more, please visit career information and resources at

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

(206) 546-4101

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