Child Care Basics (3)
Designed to meet licensing requirements for early learning providers, STARS 30 hour basic course recognized in MERIT system. Topics: child development, cultural competency, community resources, guidance, health/safety/nutrition and professional practice.
Intro Early Child Ed (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.
Develop knowledge and skills to ensure good health, nutrition, and safety of children in group care and education programs. Recognize the signs of abuse and neglect, responsibilities for mandated reporting, and available community resources.
Practicum-Nurturing Rel (2)
Students gain experience engaging in nurturing relationships with children, keeping children safe and promoting children's growth and development.
Infants/Toddlers Care (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.
Family Child Care (3)
Learn the basics of home/family child care program management. Topics include licensing requirements; business management, relationship building, health, safety, and nutrition, guiding behavior and promoting growth and development.
Admin Early Lrng Prog (3)
Establish administrative skills required to develop, open, operate, manage, and assess early childhood education and care programs. Explore techniques and resources available that meet Washington State licensing and NAEYC standards.
Curriculum Development (5)
Investigate learning theories and create curriculum that enhances the development of language, fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative skills in young children.
Environments-Young Child (3)
Design and evaluate indoor and outdoor environments which ensure quality learning, nurturing experiences, and optimize the development of young children.
Create teaching strategies for language acquisition and literacy skills at each developmental stage (birth-8) through the four interrelated areas of listening, speaking, writing, and reading.
Collection and documentation of observation and assessment 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.
ECE Practicum 2 (5)
Develop a professional understanding of teaching methods and practices with an opportunity to evaluate teaching skills and learning environment. Must have completed at least 30 credits in ECE or have instructor permission.