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 licensed childcare, both center-based and family homes
  • Current child care providers
  • Individuals who would like to work with young children, including those who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse
  • Current early childhood teachers
  • Current paraeducators or teacher assistants

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

Internship/Work Experience

Students have the opportunity to participate in practicum experience. 

Early Childhood Education Certificate Programs

 TCC offers three Early Childhood Education Certificate programs.
Early Childhood Education: Initial Certificate
Early Childhood Education Short Certificate of Specialization (20 credits)
Early Childhood Education:  Emphasis on Children with Exceptionalities Certificate

 

The Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate is the first
certificate in the series of ECE stackable certificates. This
certificate is a pathway to the Early Childhood Education Short
Certificate of Specialization, the Early Childhood Education
Emphasis on Children with Exceptionalities Certificate, and
the Early Childhood Education Emphasis on Children with
Exceptionalities AAS Degree. The certificate is directed toward
students working or planning to work with children birth through
eight years old. The Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate
is aligned with the Washington State ECE common courses and
stackable certificates.


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

Requirements (12 credits)
Number Title Credits
ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 5
ECED& 107 Health/Safety/Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum 2

 

The Early Childhood Education Short Certification of
Specialization is the second certificate in the series of ECE
stackable certificates. This certificate builds on the ECE Initial
Certificate and is a pathway to the Early Childhood Education
Emphasis on Children with Exceptionalities Certificate and
the Early Childhood Education Emphasis on Children with
Exceptionalities AAS Degree. The certificate is directed toward
students working or planning to work with children birth through
eight years old. The Early Childhood Education Short Certificate
of Specialization is aligned with the Washington State ECE
common courses and stackable certificates.


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

 

Requirements (20 credits)
Number Title Credits
  ECE Initial Certificate  12
EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
ECED& 132 Infant/Toddler Care 3
or ECED& 139 Administration of Early Childhood Education 3

 

TCC’s Early Childhood Education: Emphasis on Children with
Exceptionalities certificate is the third in the series of ECE
stackable certificated. This certificate builds on the ECE Initial
Certificate and the Early Childhood Education Short Certificate
of Specialization and is a pathway to the Early Childhood
Education Emphasis on Children with Exceptionalities AAS
Degree. It is an academic program designed to develop the
skills needed to be a successful early childhood professional
and is directed toward students planning to work with children,
birth through eight years old, including those who are culturally,
linguistically, and ability diverse. Employment opportunities are
in a variety of setting, including: preschools, childcare centers,
family early intervention programs (as a teacher assistant), and/
or other early learning programs. The Early Childhood Education
Emphasis on Children with Exceptionalities certificate is aligned
with the Wshington State ECE common courses and stackable
certificates.


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

Requirements (55 credits)
Number Title Credits
ECE Initial Certificate and ECE Short Certificate of
Specialization (20)
ECED& 160 Curriculum Development 5
ECED& 170 Learning Environments 3
or EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
ECED& 180 Language and Literacy 3
ECED& 190 Observation and Assessment 3
EDUC& 150 Child, Family, Community 3
EDUC& 204 Exceptional Child 5
ECE 290 Practicum 3
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
MATH& 107 Math in Society  5
or MATH& 131 Math for Elementary Teachers I 5
or MATH& 132 Math for Elementary Teachers II 5

 

 

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