2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 06, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Early Childhood Education - State Early Childhood Education Certificate (statewide)

Program Description: The ECE State Certificate is designed to provide the core learning necessary for preparing students for entry level career positions in early childhood (birth to eight years) settings and for providing the opportunity to continue their professional academic education. The Early Childhood Education Department has an ECE State Certificate, available as a stackable certificate. Coursework taken to complete the ECE State Certificate, as a core certificate, can be applied toward the ECE Intermediate Certificate (60 credits), an ECE ATA Degree (90 credits), and an ECE AAS-T Degree (101 credits). This certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 47 credits as outlined.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

General Education Requirements (13 credits)

Communication Skills (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Communicate and interact effectively through a variety of methods appropriate to audience, context, purpose, and field/discipline.

Human Relations Skills (3 credits)

OUTCOME: Act responsibly in applying professional and academic standards associated with success in educational, workplace, community, and group settings.

Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Reason clearly using academic or professional modes of inquiry; using quantitative or symbolic reasoning; and/or using other discipline/field specific methods to explore and create ideas; identify information needs; process, evaluate, and use information; and recognize, analyze, and solve problems.

Cultural Diversity Skills

OUTCOME: Explore and apply multiple perspectives in order to examine cultural differences and influences; maintain effective professional/working relationships; and/or interact effectively in multicultural settings.

___Cultural Diversity Requirement met

Program Requirements (34 credits)


  1. Document a foundational knowledge of how the role as a child development specialist will influence and be applied as a teacher of young children, citing specific teaching approaches, strategies, rational for decision making, and tools for early education.
  2. Document the ability to articulate a personal definition of the role of the early childhood teacher and a professional philosophy with defined strategies and identified bodies of knowledge that optimally support and encourage children’s growth and development.
  3. Document evidence of professionally defined dispositions that will support reflective thought and the use of reflective thought to: guide selection of teaching strategies, methods of interactions, and curriculum decisions.
  4. Document and demonstrate understanding of professionally defined characteristics, standards, and practices (teaching strategies) of effective early childhood teachers.
  5. Document the skills and knowledge to plan a curriculum and classroom program that is based upon observational data, professionally defined standards, current research findings, and theories of learning during the early childhood stages of development.

*See Program Requirements Note

Program Notes

The program code for this certificate is ECESEC45. For financial aid, advising, and other reasons, students should work with their advisor to ensure that this code is properly recorded on their academic record.

  • Special Note: All coursework taken to complete the State Early Childhood Education Certificate can be applied to the requirements for the Early Childhood Education Intermediate Certificate, ATA Degree, and AAS-T Degree. Consult with an adviser for details.

The advisors for this program are:
Sandy Arnold | sarnold@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1021 
Heather Peterson-Bruno | heather.peterson.edmonds.edu
Nicole Traore | nicole.traore@edmonds.edu

Department website: Early Childhood Education | edmonds.edu/ece

*Program Requirements Note: ECED& 132, ECED& 134, and ECED& 139 may be used as a substitute for program requirements with advisor approval. 

Certificate General Information

Program of Study Outcomes Edmonds College’s four General Education Outcomes­ (Communicate, Act Responsibly, Reason, and Explore) are promoted throughout the college’s programs. Instructional programs of 45 credits or more foster learning in all four General Education Outcomes.

Student achievement is assessed in the general and program specific outcomes via the courses and course objectives that align with those outcomes. More information about program outcomes and course objectives can be found on the Using Program Requirement Sheets  page.

Credit/Grade Requirements A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required college-level (100-level or above) credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Students Are Advised To:

  • Plan your schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice per year;
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning;
  • Communicate with an academic advisor and/or a faculty advisor; and
  • At least three quarters before you plan to graduate, contact any college(s) where you have earned credits and have your official transcript(s) sent to Edmonds College. Then, submit an Evaluation Request - Transfer Credits Form (available in Enrollment Services) to activate the process of transferring credits to Edmonds College.  

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

Common Course Numbering Please refer to www.edcc.edu/ccn for more information.

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning a degree or certificate of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by taking at least five (5) credits of CD courses. To learn more, go to Academic Information – Cultural Diversity Requirement  in the online academic catalog.

College Resources

Internal Coding

TC - 47
CIP - 131210
Last revised - 2022/07/01