Early Childhood Education Certificate Programs

TCC's Early Childhood Education Certificate programs prepare students to become successful early childhood professionals working with all children to meet their individual needs. This program is for people wanting to work with young children (birth through 8 years old), including children who are culturally, linguistically and ability diverse. Students may earn stand-alone certificates or apply the courses to an Associated in Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education.

Enrollment Specifications

  • Those who would like to work or currently work in center-based and family homes
  • Current child care providers
  • Individuals who would like to work with young children who have special needs
  • Current early childhood teachers
  • Current paraeducators or teacher assistants

(Note: This program requires a criminal background check.)

Internship/Work Experience

Students are required to participate in 180 hours of internship/work experience over the course of the three program quarters (ECE 191, 192, 193). Placement assistance is available for those not currently working in early childhood settings.

Early Childhood Education Certificate Programs

 TCC offers three Early Childhood Education Certificate programs.
Early Childhood Education: Special Needs
Management of Early Learning
Child Development Specialist

 

This program prepares students to work with young children to meet their individual needs, creating supportive, respectful learning environments that foster each child’s developmental needs.

(44 credits)

A grade of C or higher is required in all coursework.

Required Coursework
Number Title Credits
ECE 100 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 101 Early Childhood Environmental Design 3
ECE 102 Math, Science & Technology for Young Children 3
ECE 112 Language, Literacy & the Arts in Early Child. Education 3
ECE 130 Cultural Competency & Responsiveness in Ear. Child. Ed 2
ECE 140 Promoting Positive Behavior
or ECE 141, ECE 142, ECE 143 Promoting Positive Behavior I, II, III
3
ECE 201 Effective Communication with Colleagues and Families 3
ECE 202 Nutrition, Health and Safety for Young Children 3
ECE 203 Family Systems & Supports 3
ECE 290 Practicum 3
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology or EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 204 Exceptional Child 5

 

 

Prepares childcare professionals to open, operate and manage childcare centers and early learning programs that meet licensing, accreditation and other quality standards. This certificate combined with the Early Childhood Education: Emphasis on Children with Special Needs certificate provides the 45 credits of early childhood education required for Washington state childcare licensing of early learning program supervisors.

Requirements
Number Title Credits
Administration of Early Learning Program Requirements (3 credits)
ECE 211 Administration of Early Learning I: Program Administration 1
ACCT 175 Administration of Early Learning II: Operation of Children’s Program 1
ACCT 290 Administration of Early Learning III: Staffing & Prof. Dev. 1
Child, Family & Community Relationships Requirements (3 credits)
ECE 121 Child, Family, Community I: Creating Community Among Adults in Early Care Settings 1
ECE 122 Child, Family, Community II: Building a Caring Community with Children 1
ECE 123 Child, Family, Community III:

Building Quality Relationships with Families

1

 

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in early childhood education. The certificate also provides professional development for those currently working in early childhood roles. Career options include lead teacher in a childcare center, Head Start Educational Assistant and preschool teacher. Certificate completion meets the education and experience requirements for the Council for Professional Recognition for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. This credential enables people to become program supervisors or directors or open their own childcare centers.

Courses completed for this certificate satisfy 12 credits towards the Early Childhood Education: Special Needs certificate and AAS degree (ECE 100, 101, 140 and 202).

Requirements
Number Title Credits
1st Quarter (6 credits)
ECE 100 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 141 Promoting Positive Behavior I 1
ECE 191 Early Childhood Clinical Experience 2
2nd Quarter (6 credits
ECE 101 Early Childhood Environmental Design 3
ECE 142 Promoting Positive Behavior II 1
ECE 192 Early Childhood Clinical Experience 2
3rd Quarter (6 credits)
ECE 202 Family, Health, Nutrition & Safety 3
ECE 143 Promoting Positive Behavior III 1
ECE 193 Early Childhood Clinical Experience 2

 

 

Jobs and Careers

Employment opportunities are in a variety of settings including preschools, childcare centers, family childcare, HeadStart/ECEAP programs, kindergarten through third grade classrooms as a teacher assistant.Read more here.

Contact Us

Jennifer Karshna, Program Chair

Bldg. 13-113

jkarshna@tacomacc.edu

253-566-5010