State Short Certification of Specialization - General
This certificate offers a great start to a career in early childhood education. You’ll be prepared to support children and families in a variety of childcare settings. This is a stackable certificate, allowing you to complete additional certifications as you develop professionally. The program emphasizes active student involvement, observation, participation, and practical experience. Gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in this rewarding field.
Courses & Requirements
The course catalog is a great place to find detailed information on this program.
- Health, Safety, and Nutrition
- Child Development
- Guiding Behavior
Program Points of Pride
Build Your Credits
Immediate employment with your first stackable certificate.
Work Towards a Degree
Stackable certificates can apply to an associate of applied science degree.
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 and 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 in both home and center-based programs.
- Program Faculty
Alicia Brender has worked for more than two decades as a teacher, early learning director, early childhood education and assistance program director, STARS trainer, integrated pre-K administrator, and professor. She has served on the Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee at Renton Community College and the Governor’s Early Learning Advisory Council, and testified before Washington State legislators on early learning initiatives.