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Early Childhood Education
State Initial Certificate


The Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate Program prepares students for employment in the child care field. This certificate also incresases the knowledge and skills of people who currently work with children. The Initial Certificate is the first of 3 "stackable" certificates that provide a foudnation for the State ECE credential and associate degrtee. Students may enter any quarter and participate on a part-time schedule. Students may complete the certificate program, a degree program or take a single course of special interest.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how children differ in their development and approaches to learning and to use this knowledge to provide opportunities that support the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of all young children from birth through age eight.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to use theory, research and foundations of education when planning and implementing Early Child Education programs.

  3. Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and teaching practices based on knowledge of individual children, the community and the curriculum goals and content.

  4. Use individual and group guidance and problem-solving techniques to develop positive and supportive relationships with children and develop personal self -control, self-motivation and positive self-esteem.

  5. Establish and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with families.

Recommended Course Schedule


ECED& 105 Intro Early Child ed 5
ECED& 107 Health/Safety/Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum-Nurturing Rel 2
  Total Credits 12

Estimated Quarterly Program Costs

(subject to change without notice)

Resident Tuition (15 credits) and fixed fees*
US Citizen Nonresident Tuition (15 credits) and fixed fees*
Non US Citizen Nonresident Tuition (15 credits) and fixed fees*
Books and supplies (estimate)
Lab fees
Refer to quarterly class schedule

*Tuition is subject to change due to State Legislative actions

Updated 2014