Early Childhood Education (State Initial Certificate)

Certificate of Completion (COC)

Early Childhood Education (State Initial Certificate)

About The Program

LCC‘s State Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate programs allow you to earn basic credentials for job opportunities quickly, then build on them for higher level credentials and job opportunities. The coursework in this certificate enables students to achieve level 5 on the Career Lattice. This certificate is the first level in the statewide one-year certificate. Built with Common Courses and Common Core Competencies, this certificate will transfer in and transfer to other community colleges in a seamless manner. Employees achieving this certificate will assist their centers in the Early Achievers Rating System. Students entering the Early Childhood Education Program must show evidence of a current TB test and obtain a cleared Portable Background check through Washington State Dept of Early Learning MERIT System. 


Certificate Requirements

ECED& 105 Intro to Early Childhood Educ. 5
ECED& 107 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 5
ECED& 120 Practicum 2

Total credits required to earn this certificate: 12

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Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

  • Create and maintain a safe and healthy environment for young children.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how children differ in their development and approaches to learning and use this knowledge to provide opportunities supporting physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth.
  • Develop relationships with children enhancing children’s self-esteem, social-emotional development, and problem-solving skills.
Revised May 2014 (Effective Fall 2014)


This is a tentative schedule.  Students may adjust the credit load according to their needs.  The sequence should stay approximately as listed above even though there is some flexibility.  Consult an advisor if you have any questions.

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