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.
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.
- 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/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.
- 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.