State Short Certificate of Specialization - School Age Care

This early childhood education certificate focuses on school age care. You’ll gain the knowledge you need to meet Washington State licensing requirements for working as an aide or teacher with children between the ages of 5-12. The program emphasizes observation, documentation, assessment, positive relationships, and guidance techniques. Prepare for a career creating nurturing and supportive environments for school-aged children in a variety of settings.

Course Maps

A course map is a quick guide to help students figure out which courses to take each quarter. Course maps were written by BC faculty, who have used their expertise to recommend specific courses students can take to achieve their academic or career goals. Students should meet with an advisor to learn more.

Courses & Requirements

The course catalog is a great place to find detailed information on this program.

Program Catalog Page

Program Points of Pride

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Stackable certificates can apply to an associate of applied science degree.

Featured Faculty

  • DeeDee Orcajo, Ph.D

    • Program Chair

    Dr. Orcajo’s professional roles include infant development specialist, foster care social worker, parenting instructor, parent advocate, and community college/university faculty in the fields of early childhood education and child/family development. She specializes in working with children who have experienced trauma and developmental delay.

  • Alicia Brender

    • Program Faculty

    Alicia Brender has worked as a professor, early learning director, STARS trainer, integrated pre-K administrator, and early childhood education and assistance program director. She has served on the Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee at Renton Community College, the Governor’s Early Learning Advisory Council, and testified on early learning before Washington State legislators.