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State Early Childhood Education Certificate

Highline College
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Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
Des Moines

About this program

State Early Childhood Education Certificate

Highline offers certificates and degrees (AAS and BAS) to meet the needs of professionals working in a variety of roles with young children and families.

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Program content

Professional-Technical Core Courses

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Early Childhood Practicum
  • Curriculum Development
  • Language and Literacy Development
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Child Development
  • Guiding Behavior
  • Infants and Toddlers
  • Family Child Care
  • School Age Care
  • Administration of Early Learning

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


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Aligned with the Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education and the Washington State Core Competencies for Child and Youth Development. Approved by the Education Advisory Committee January 27, 2011.

  • Child Growth and Development Understand how children acquire language and creative expression and develop physically, cognitively and socially.
  • Curriculum and Learning Environments Establish an environment that provides learning experiences to meet children s needs, abilities and interests. .
  • Ongoing Measurement of Child Progress Observe and assess what children know and can do in order to plan and provide curriculum that meets their developmental needs.
  • Families and Community Partnerships Develop strong relationships with families and work collaboratively with agencies/organizations to meet children s needs and to encourage community s involvement with early care and education.
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition Establish and maintain an environment that ensures children s safety, health and nourishment.
  • Interactions Establish supportive relationships with children and guide them as individuals and as part of a group.
  • Program Planning and Development Establish, implement, evaluate and analyze an early care and education setting.
  • Professional Development and Leadership Serve children and families in a professional manner and participate in the community as a representative of early care and education.
  • Cultural Competency and Responsiveness Understand diversity within and across cultures and provide an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment where all children, youth and families can take pride in their cultural identities, beliefs, and practices. Culture is defined as the intersection of one s national origin, religion, language, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and physical/developmental ability.

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Highline College

Highline College prides itself as being the 5th most diverse college in the entire USA. It is located in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest, which is home to renowned national parks, a stunning coastline and peninsula, a rainforest, the North Cascade...

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Why study at Highline College

  • Award-winning college (ranked in the top 150 community colleges in the USA in 2021)
  • Individual advising to help you meet your goals
  • New on campus student housing
  • University Transfer Pathways with many four-year university partners
  • Over 120 programs, certificates and degrees and still growing
  • U.S. high school diploma awarded after completing a 2-year degree with no additional requirements.
  • Active student life with many activities, programming, communities and leadership opportunities
  • Beautiful location just next to Seattle and the Puget Sound waterway
  • Internship &, scholarships opportunities
  • Unique OPT, CPT and internship opportunities

Contact info

Highline College

2400 S 240th St
98198 Des Moines WA
United States of America

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