Early Childhood Education - Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

Associate in Early Childhood Education

Program Outcomes for Graduates

  1. PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING

    Students use their understanding of child development – including young children's unique characteristics and needs, and the multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning – to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.

    Key elements of Outcome 1

    • 1a: Describe young children's diverse characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8.
    • 1b: Explain the multiple influences on early development and learning.
    • 1c: Use knowledge of child development to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
  2. BUILDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

    Students articulate the complex characteristics of children's families and communities and use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to engage all families in their children's development and learning.

    Key elements of Outcome 2

    • 2a: Describe diverse family and community characteristics.
    • 2b: Develop and implement strategies to support and engage families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
    • 2c: Develop and implement plans to engage families and communities in young children's development and learning.
  3. OBSERVING, DOCUMENTING, AND ASSESSING TO SUPPORT YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

    Students articulate the goals, benefits, and purposes of assessment and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence the development of every child.

    Key elements of Outcome 3

    • 3a: State the goals, benefits, and purposes of assessment – including its use in development of appropriate goals, curriculum, and teaching strategies for young children.
    • 3b: Use observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches, including the use of technology in documentation, assessment and data collection.
    • 3c: Practice responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child, including an awareness of assistive technology for children with ability differences.
    • 3d: Describe how assessment partnerships with families and with professional colleagues can be used to build effective learning environments.
  4. USING DEVELOPMENTALLY EFFECTIVE APPROACHES

    Students implement a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child's development and learning, which will vary depending on children's ages, characteristics, and the early childhood setting.

    Key elements of Outcome 4

    • 4a: Discuss how supportive relationships and positive interactions are the foundation of their work with young children.
    • 4b: List and implement effective instructional and guidance strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology.
    • 4c: Use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning and guidance approaches.
    • 4d: Reflect on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.
  5. USING CONTENT KNOWLEDGE TO BUILD MEANINGFUL CURRICULUM

    Students apply their knowledge of developmental domains and academic (or content) disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for each child.

    Key elements of Outcome 5

    • 5a: Explain content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines: language and literacy; the arts – music, creative movement, dance, drama, visual arts; mathematics; science; physical education – physical activity, health, and safety; and social studies.
    • 5b: Recognize and apply the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines.
    • 5c: Use their own knowledge, appropriate early learning outcomes, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally meaningful and challenging curriculum for each child.
  6. BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL

    Students are collaborative learners who continuously demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives of their work, make informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources, including ethical guidelines, and advocate for sound educational practices and policies.

    Key elements of Outcome 6

    • 6a: Identify as a member of the early childhood field and become involved in the professional community.
    • 6b: Locate and apply ethical guidelines and other early childhood professional guidelines.
    • 6c: Engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource.
    • 6d: Integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education into their work.
    • 6e: Engage in informed advocacy for young children and the early childhood profession.
  7. EARLY CHILDHOOD FIELD EXPERIENCES

    Students engage in field experiences and clinical practice to develop the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children in a variety of early childhood settings and with multiple age groups.

    Key elements of Outcome 7

    • 7a. Observe and practice in at least two of the three early childhood age groups
      (birth – age 3, 3-5, 5-8).
    • 7b. Observe and practice in at least two of the three main types of early education settings (primary school grades, child care centers and homes, ECEAP/Head Start programs).

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.
  • Information Competency:
    Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Effective Communication:
    Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.
  • Multiculturalism:
    Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures, and experiences, and develop the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to understand and work with others who differ from themselves.

Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes

  • Communication:
    Graduates identify, analyze, and evaluate rhetorical strategies in one's own and other's writing in order to communicate effectively.
  • Humanities:
    Graduates acquire skills to critically interpret, analyze and evaluate forms of human expression, and create and perform as an expression of the human experience.
  • Social Sciences:
    Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.
  • Natural Sciences:
    Graduates use the scientific method to analyze natural phenomena and acquire skills to evaluate authenticity of data/information relative to the natural world.
  • Computational Skills:
    Graduates will acquire skills that emphasize conceptual understanding, connections among topics, and communication of mathematical thinking for the interpretation and solution of problems related to teaching in Early Childhood Education.

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State Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate

The Initial Certificate may be a point of entry or a continuation of professional development from the Level 1 Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals. This 12 credit course package teaches to and assesses for the competencies comparable to the Child Development Associate (CDA). Unlike the CDA, there is no assessment fee or renewal requirement; rather the Initial Certificate is the first "stackable certificate" providing a foundation for the ECE State Credential and Associate degree. After completion, students are on Step 5 of the state Career Lattice.

Each of the courses selected for this certificate without exception include content and skill development in three competency areas:

  1. Addressing the needs and assets of children with exceptionalities
  2. Observation, reflection, and assessment
  3. Cultural relevancy and responsiveness

The program is designed to prepare students to work with young children and parents in a variety of settings. Classes help adults increase their understanding of the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of children and to apply developmentally appropriate guidance and curriculum methods to meet the individual and group needs of children and their families.

Program Outcomes

  1. PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING

    Students use their understanding of child development – including young children's unique characteristics and needs, and the multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning – to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.

    Key elements of Outcome 1

    • 1a: Describe young children's diverse characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8.
    • 1b: Explain the multiple influences on early development and learning.
    • 1c: Use knowledge of child development to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
  2. BUILDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

    Students articulate the complex characteristics of children's families and communities and use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to engage all families in their children's development and learning.

    Key elements of Outcome 2

    • 2a: Describe diverse family and community characteristics.
    • 2b: Develop and implement strategies to support and engage families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
    • 2c: Develop and implement plans to engage families and communities in young children's development and learning.
  3. USING DEVELOPMENTALLY EFFECTIVE APPROACHES

    Students implement a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child's development and learning, which will vary depending on children's ages, characteristics, and the early childhood setting.

    Key elements of Outcome 4

    • 4a: Discuss how supportive relationships and positive interactions are the foundation of their work with young children.
    • 4b: List and implement effective instructional and guidance strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology.
    • 4c: Use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning and guidance approaches.
    • 4d: Reflect on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.
  4. BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL

    Students are collaborative learners who continuously demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives of their work, make informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources, including ethical guidelines, and advocate for sound educational practices and policies.

    Key elements of Outcome 6

    • 6a: Identify as a member of the early childhood field and become involved in the professional community.
    • 6b: Locate and apply ethical guidelines and other early childhood professional guidelines.
    • 6c: Engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource.
    • 6d: Integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education into their work.
    • 6e: Engage in informed advocacy for young children and the early childhood profession.
  5. EARLY CHILDHOOD FIELD EXPERIENCES

    Students engage in field experiences and clinical practice to develop the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children in a variety of early childhood settings and with multiple age groups.

    Key elements of Outcome 7

    • 7a. Observe and practice in at least two of the three early childhood age groups
      (birth – age 3, 3-5, 5-8).
    • 7b. Observe and practice in at least two of the three main types of early education settings (primary school grades, child care centers and homes, ECEAP/Head Start programs).

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.

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State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization-ECE (General)

The Short Certificate builds on the Initial Certificate as the second "stackable certificate". At this point developing professionals have 5 choices: ECE General, Infant-Toddler Care, School-Age Care, Family Child Care, and ECE Administration. All Short Certificates provide foundation for the ECE Credential and Associate degree and put students on Step 6 of the state Career Lattice upon completion.

Each of the courses selected for this certificate without exception include content and skill development in three competency areas:

  1. Addressing the needs and assets of children with exceptionalities
  2. Observation, reflection, and assessment
  3. Cultural relevancy and responsiveness

Generalists are prepared to work with children from birth to age eight and their families. They provide both care and education in a classroom or home-based setting. Classes help adults increase their understanding of the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of children and to apply developmentally appropriate guidance and curriculum methods to meet the individual and group needs of children and their families.

Program Outcomes

  1. PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING

    Students use their understanding of child development – including young children's unique characteristics and needs, and the multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning – to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.

    Key elements of Outcome 1

    • 1a: Describe young children's diverse characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8.
    • 1b: Explain the multiple influences on early development and learning.
    • 1c: Use knowledge of child development to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
  2. BUILDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

    Students articulate the complex characteristics of children's families and communities and use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to engage all families in their children's development and learning.

    Key elements of Outcome 2

    • 2a: Describe diverse family and community characteristics.
    • 2b: Develop and implement strategies to support and engage families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
    • 2c: Develop and implement plans to engage families and communities in young children's development and learning.
  3. USING DEVELOPMENTALLY EFFECTIVE APPROACHES

    Students implement a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child's development and learning, which will vary depending on children's ages, characteristics, and the early childhood setting.

    Key elements of Outcome 3

    • 3a: Discuss how supportive relationships and positive interactions are the foundation of their work with young children.
    • 3b: List and implement effective instructional and guidance strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology.
    • 3c: Use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning and guidance approaches.
    • 3d: Reflect on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.
  4. BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL

    Students are collaborative learners who continuously demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives of their work, make informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources, including ethical guidelines, and advocate for sound educational practices and policies.

    Key elements of Outcome 4

    • 4a: Identify as a member of the early childhood field and become involved in the professional community.
    • 4b: Locate and apply ethical guidelines and other early childhood professional guidelines.
    • 4c: Engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource.
    • 4d: Integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education into their work.
    • 4e: Engage in informed advocacy for young children and the early childhood profession.
  5. EARLY CHILDHOOD FIELD EXPERIENCES

    Students engage in field experiences and clinical practice to develop the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children in a variety of early childhood settings and with multiple age groups.

    Key elements of Outcome 5

    • 5a. Observe and practice in at least two of the three early childhood age groups
      (birth – age 3, 3-5, 5-8).
    • 5b. Observe and practice in at least two of the three main types of early education settings (primary school grades, child care centers and homes, ECEAP/Head Start programs).

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.
  • Information Competency:
    Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Effective Communication:
    Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.
  • Multiculturalism:
    Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures, and experiences, and develop the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to understand and work with others who differ from themselves.

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State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization: Infants & Toddlers

The Short Certificate builds on the Initial Certificate as the second "stackable certificate". At this point developing professionals have 5 choices: ECE General, Infant-Toddler Care, School-Age Care, Family Child Care, and ECE Administration. All Short Certificates provide foundation for the ECE Credential and Associate degree and put students on Step 6 of the state Career Lattice upon completion.

Each of the courses selected for this certificate without exception include content and skill development in three competency areas:

  1. Addressing the needs and assets of children with exceptionalities
  2. Observation, reflection, and assessment
  3. Cultural relevancy and responsiveness

Infant-Toddler Specialists work with young children from birth to age 3 in a variety of early care and education programs. It is the responsibility of the Infant-Toddler Specialist to both nurture and provide developmentally appropriate education in safe, supportive environments. The primary role of the specialist is to build relationships with the child and the child's family members. The specialist recognizes and honors the culture and needs of the families in all aspects of the program.

Program Outcomes

  1. PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING

    Students use their understanding of child development – including young children's unique characteristics and needs, and the multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning – to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.

    Key elements of Outcome 1

    • 1a: Describe young children's diverse characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8.
    • 1b: Explain the multiple influences on early development and learning.
    • 1c: Use knowledge of child development to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
  2. BUILDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

    Students articulate the complex characteristics of children's families and communities and use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to engage all families in their children's development and learning.

    Key elements of Outcome 2

    • 2a: Describe diverse family and community characteristics.
    • 2b: Develop and implement strategies to support and engage families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
    • 2c: Develop and implement plans to engage families and communities in young children's development and learning.
  3. USING DEVELOPMENTALLY EFFECTIVE APPROACHES

    Students implement a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child's development and learning, which will vary depending on children's ages, characteristics, and the early childhood setting.

    Key elements of Outcome 3

    • 3a: Discuss how supportive relationships and positive interactions are the foundation of their work with young children.
    • 3b: List and implement effective instructional and guidance strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology.
    • 3c: Use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning and guidance approaches.
    • 3d: Reflect on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.
  4. BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL

    Students are collaborative learners who continuously demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives of their work, make informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources, including ethical guidelines, and advocate for sound educational practices and policies.

    Key elements of Outcome 4

    • 4a: Identify as a member of the early childhood field and become involved in the professional community.
    • 4b: Locate and apply ethical guidelines and other early childhood professional guidelines.
    • 4c: Engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource.
    • 4d: Integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education into their work.
    • 4e: Engage in informed advocacy for young children and the early childhood profession.
  5. EARLY CHILDHOOD FIELD EXPERIENCES

    Students engage in field experiences and clinical practice to develop the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children in a variety of early childhood settings and with multiple age groups.

    Key elements of Outcome 5

    • 5a. Observe and practice in at least two of the three early childhood age groups
      (birth – age 3, 3-5, 5-8).
    • 5b. Observe and practice in at least two of the three main types of early education settings (primary school grades, child care centers and homes, ECEAP/Head Start programs).

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.
  • Information Competency:
    Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Effective Communication:
    Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.
  • Multiculturalism:
    Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures, and experiences, and develop the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to understand and work with others who differ from themselves.

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State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization: School-Age Care

The Short Certificate builds on the Initial Certificate as the second "stackable certificate". At this point developing professionals have 5 choices: ECE General, Infant-Toddler Care, School-Age Care, Family Child Care, and ECE Administration. All Short Certificates provide foundation for the ECE Credential and Associate degree and put students on Step 6 of the state Career Lattice upon completion.

Each of the courses selected for this certificate without exception include content and skill development in three competency areas:

  1. Addressing the needs and assets of children with exceptionalities
  2. Observation, reflection, and assessment
  3. Cultural relevancy and responsiveness

Family home providers serve as the business manager and children's caregiver in a home based business. With or without assistants most providers care for a mixed age range from infants to age 12 on a daily basis; other providers serve a limited age group. In managing the home based business the provider maintains all records and manages the budget. In the caregiver role, the provider plans and carries out activities that meet the needs and interests of the children. It is crucial that the caregiver maintains a safe, clean and healthy environment and provides nutritious meals and snacks. Developing partnerships with families is key.

Program Outcomes

  1. PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING

    Students use their understanding of child development – including young children's unique characteristics and needs, and the multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning – to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.

    Key elements of Outcome 1

    • 1a: Describe young children's diverse characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8.
    • 1b: Explain the multiple influences on early development and learning.
    • 1c: Use knowledge of child development to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
  2. BUILDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

    Students articulate the complex characteristics of children's families and communities and use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to engage all families in their children's development and learning.

    Key elements of Outcome 2

    • 2a: Describe diverse family and community characteristics.
    • 2b: Develop and implement strategies to support and engage families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
    • 2c: Develop and implement plans to engage families and communities in young children's development and learning.
  3. USING DEVELOPMENTALLY EFFECTIVE APPROACHES

    Students implement a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child's development and learning, which will vary depending on children's ages, characteristics, and the early childhood setting.

    Key elements of Outcome 3

    • 3a: Discuss how supportive relationships and positive interactions are the foundation of their work with young children.
    • 3b: List and implement effective instructional and guidance strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology.
    • 3c: Use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning and guidance approaches.
    • 3d: Reflect on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.
  4. BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL

    Students are collaborative learners who continuously demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives of their work, make informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources, including ethical guidelines, and advocate for sound educational practices and policies.

    Key elements of Outcome 4

    • 4a: Identify as a member of the early childhood field and become involved in the professional community.
    • 4b: Locate and apply ethical guidelines and other early childhood professional guidelines.
    • 4c: Engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource.
    • 4d: Integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education into their work.
    • 4e: Engage in informed advocacy for young children and the early childhood profession.
  5. EARLY CHILDHOOD FIELD EXPERIENCES

    Students engage in field experiences and clinical practice to develop the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children in a variety of early childhood settings and with multiple age groups.

    Key elements of Outcome 5

    • 5a. Observe and practice in at least two of the three early childhood age groups
      (birth – age 3, 3-5, 5-8).
    • 5b. Observe and practice in at least two of the three main types of early education settings (primary school grades, child care centers and homes, ECEAP/Head Start programs).

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.
  • Information Competency:
    Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Effective Communication:
    Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.
  • Multiculturalism:
    Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures, and experiences, and develop the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to understand and work with others who differ from themselves.

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State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization: Family Child Care

The Short Certificate builds on the Initial Certificate as the second "stackable certificate". At this point developing professionals have 5 choices: ECE General, Infant-Toddler Care, School-Age Care, Family Child Care, and ECE Administration. All Short Certificates provide foundation for the ECE Credential and Associate degree and put students on Step 6 of the state Career Lattice upon completion.

Each of the courses selected for this certificate without exception include content and skill development in three competency areas:

  1. Addressing the needs and assets of children with exceptionalities
  2. Observation, reflection, and assessment
  3. Cultural relevancy and responsiveness

Family home providers serve as the business manager and children's caregiver in a home based business. With or without assistants most providers care for a mixed age range from infants to age 12 on a daily basis; other providers serve a limited age group. In managing the home based business the provider maintains all records and manages the budget. In the caregiver role, the provider plans and carries out activities that meet the needs and interests of the children. It is crucial that the caregiver maintains a safe, clean and healthy environment and provides nutritious meals and snacks. Developing partnerships with families is key.

Program Outcomes

  1. PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING

    Students use their understanding of child development – including young children's unique characteristics and needs, and the multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning – to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.

    Key elements of Outcome 1

    • 1a: Describe young children's diverse characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8.
    • 1b: Explain the multiple influences on early development and learning.
    • 1c: Use knowledge of child development to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
  2. BUILDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

    Students articulate the complex characteristics of children's families and communities and use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to engage all families in their children's development and learning.

    Key elements of Outcome 2

    • 2a: Describe diverse family and community characteristics.
    • 2b: Develop and implement strategies to support and engage families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
    • 2c: Develop and implement plans to engage families and communities in young children's development and learning.
  3. USING DEVELOPMENTALLY EFFECTIVE APPROACHES

    Students implement a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child's development and learning, which will vary depending on children's ages, characteristics, and the early childhood setting.

    Key elements of Outcome 3

    • 3a: Discuss how supportive relationships and positive interactions are the foundation of their work with young children.
    • 3b: List and implement effective instructional and guidance strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology.
    • 3c: Use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning and guidance approaches.
    • 3d: Reflect on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.
  4. BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL

    Students are collaborative learners who continuously demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives of their work, make informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources, including ethical guidelines, and advocate for sound educational practices and policies.

    Key elements of Outcome 4

    • 4a: Identify as a member of the early childhood field and become involved in the professional community.
    • 4b: Locate and apply ethical guidelines and other early childhood professional guidelines.
    • 4c: Engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource.
    • 4d: Integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education into their work.
    • 4e: Engage in informed advocacy for young children and the early childhood profession.
  5. EARLY CHILDHOOD FIELD EXPERIENCES

    Students engage in field experiences and clinical practice to develop the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children in a variety of early childhood settings and with multiple age groups.

    Key elements of Outcome 5

    • 5a. Observe and practice in at least two of the three early childhood age groups
      (birth – age 3, 3-5, 5-8).
    • 5b. Observe and practice in at least two of the three main types of early education settings (primary school grades, child care centers and homes, ECEAP/Head Start programs).

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.
  • Information Competency:
    Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Effective Communication:
    Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.
  • Multiculturalism:
    Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures, and experiences, and develop the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to understand and work with others who differ from themselves.

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State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization: Administration

The Short Certificate builds on the Initial Certificate as the second "stackable certificate". At this point developing professionals have 5 choices: ECE General, Infant-Toddler Care, School-Age Care, Family Child Care, and ECE Administration. All Short Certificates provide foundation for the ECE Credential and Associate degree and put students on Step 6 of the state Career Lattice upon completion.

Each of the courses selected for this certificate without exception include content and skill development in three competency areas:

  1. Addressing the needs and assets of children with exceptionalities
  2. Observation, reflection, and assessment
  3. Cultural relevancy and responsiveness

Administrators of Early Learning programs in general are responsible for the overall management of the program's facility and operation; ensuring the program follows minimum licensing requirements, accreditation standards, or other formal / informal standards. The role of administrator or director requires knowledge and skills both in early childhood education/ development and in business practices. The job includes all aspects of program and people management and leadership in order to bring the best to children, families, staff members and the larger community.

Program Outcomes

  1. PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING

    Students use their understanding of child development – including young children's unique characteristics and needs, and the multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning – to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.

    Key elements of Outcome 1

    • 1a: Describe young children's diverse characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8.
    • 1b: Explain the multiple influences on early development and learning.
    • 1c: Use knowledge of child development to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
  2. BUILDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

    Students articulate the complex characteristics of children's families and communities and use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to engage all families in their children's development and learning.

    Key elements of Outcome 2

    • 2a: Describe diverse family and community characteristics.
    • 2b: Develop and implement strategies to support and engage families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
    • 2c: Develop and implement plans to engage families and communities in young children's development and learning.
  3. USING DEVELOPMENTALLY EFFECTIVE APPROACHES

    Students implement a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child's development and learning, which will vary depending on children's ages, characteristics, and the early childhood setting.

    Key elements of Outcome 3

    • 3a: Discuss how supportive relationships and positive interactions are the foundation of their work with young children.
    • 3b: List and implement effective instructional and guidance strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology.
    • 3c: Use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning and guidance approaches.
    • 3d: Reflect on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.
  4. BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL

    Students are collaborative learners who continuously demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives of their work, make informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources, including ethical guidelines, and advocate for sound educational practices and policies.

    Key elements of Outcome 4

    • 4a: Identify as a member of the early childhood field and become involved in the professional community.
    • 4b: Locate and apply ethical guidelines and other early childhood professional guidelines.
    • 4c: Engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource.
    • 4d: Integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education into their work.
    • 4e: Engage in informed advocacy for young children and the early childhood profession.
  5. EARLY CHILDHOOD FIELD EXPERIENCES

    Students engage in field experiences and clinical practice to develop the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children in a variety of early childhood settings and with multiple age groups.

    Key elements of Outcome 5

    • 5a. Observe and practice in at least two of the three early childhood age groups
      (birth – age 3, 3-5, 5-8).
    • 5b. Observe and practice in at least two of the three main types of early education settings (primary school grades, child care centers and homes, ECEAP/Head Start programs).

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.
  • Information Competency:
    Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Effective Communication:
    Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.
  • Multiculturalism:
    Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures, and experiences, and develop the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to understand and work with others who differ from themselves.

Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes

  • Communication:
    Graduates identify, analyze, and evaluate rhetorical strategies in one's own and other's writing in order to communicate effectively.
  • Social Sciences:
    Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.
  • Computational Skills:
    Graduates will acquire skills that emphasize conceptual understanding, connections among topics, and communication of mathematical thinking for the interpretation and solution of problems related to teaching in Early Childhood Education.

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State Early Childhood Education Certificate

Program Outcomes

  1. PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING

    Students use their understanding of child development – including young children's unique characteristics and needs, and the multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning – to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.

    Key elements of Outcome 1

    • 1a: Describe young children's diverse characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8.
    • 1b: Explain the multiple influences on early development and learning.
    • 1c: Use knowledge of child development to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
  2. BUILDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

    Students articulate the complex characteristics of children's families and communities and use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to engage all families in their children's development and learning.

    Key elements of Outcome 2

    • 2a: Describe diverse family and community characteristics.
    • 2b: Develop and implement strategies to support and engage families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
    • 2c: Develop and implement plans to engage families and communities in young children's development and learning.
  3. OBSERVING, DOCUMENTING, AND ASSESSING TO SUPPORT YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

    Students articulate the goals, benefits, and purposes of assessment and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence the development of every child.

    Key elements of Outcome 3

    • 3a: State the goals, benefits, and purposes of assessment – including its use in development of appropriate goals, curriculum, and teaching strategies for young children.
    • 3b: Use observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches, including the use of technology in documentation, assessment and data collection.
    • 3c: Practice responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child, including an awareness of assistive technology for children with ability differences.
    • 3d: Describe how assessment partnerships with families and with professional colleagues can be used to build effective learning environments.
  4. USING DEVELOPMENTALLY EFFECTIVE APPROACHES

    Students implement a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child's development and learning, which will vary depending on children's ages, characteristics, and the early childhood setting.

    Key elements of Outcome 4

    • 4a: Discuss how supportive relationships and positive interactions are the foundation of their work with young children.
    • 4b: List and implement effective instructional and guidance strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology.
    • 4c: Use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning and guidance approaches.
    • 4d: Reflect on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.
  5. USING CONTENT KNOWLEDGE TO BUILD MEANINGFUL CURRICULUM

    Students apply their knowledge of developmental domains and academic (or content) disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for each child.

    Key elements of Outcome 5

    • 5a: Explain content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines: language and literacy; the arts – music, creative movement, dance, drama, visual arts; mathematics; science; physical education – physical activity, health, and safety; and social studies.
    • 5b: Recognize and apply the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines.
    • 5c: Use their own knowledge, appropriate early learning outcomes, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally meaningful and challenging curriculum for each child.
  6. BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL

    Students are collaborative learners who continuously demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives of their work, make informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources, including ethical guidelines, and advocate for sound educational practices and policies.

    Key elements of Outcome 6

    • 6a: Identify as a member of the early childhood field and become involved in the professional community.
    • 6b: Locate and apply ethical guidelines and other early childhood professional guidelines.
    • 6c: Engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource.
    • 6d: Integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education into their work.
    • 6e: Engage in informed advocacy for young children and the early childhood profession.
  7. EARLY CHILDHOOD FIELD EXPERIENCES

    Students engage in field experiences and clinical practice to develop the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children in a variety of early childhood settings and with multiple age groups.

    Key elements of Outcome 7

    • 7a. Observe and practice in at least two of the three early childhood age groups
      (birth – age 3, 3-5, 5-8).
    • 7b. Observe and practice in at least two of the three main types of early education settings (primary school grades, child care centers and homes, ECEAP/Head Start programs).

Core Abilites Outcomes

  • Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking:
    Graduates will evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions.
  • Responsibility:
    Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.
  • Information Competency:
    Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Effective Communication:
    Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.
  • Multiculturalism:
    Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures, and experiences, and develop the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to understand and work with others who differ from themselves.

Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes

  • Communication:
    Graduates identify, analyze, and evaluate rhetorical strategies in one's own and other's writing in order to communicate effectively.
  • Humanities:
    Graduates acquire skills to critically interpret, analyze and evaluate forms of human expression, and create and perform as an expression of the human experience.
  • Social Sciences:
    Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.
  • Natural Sciences:
    Graduates use the scientific method to analyze natural phenomena and acquire skills to evaluate authenticity of data/information relative to the natural world.
  • Computational Skills:
    Graduates will acquire skills that emphasize conceptual understanding, connections among topics, and communication of mathematical thinking for the interpretation and solution of problems related to teaching in Early Childhood Education.

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Krissy Kim
Director of Education Programs
253-964-6542
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Greg Brazell
Professor of Early Childhood Education
253-964-6696

Leesa Thomas
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
253-964-6512

Ann Hayes-Garcia
Program Coordinator
253-964-6691

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Kelly Foster
Catherine Harp
Rae Kent
Michael Koetje
Sharene Leek
Heather Robinson
Marguerite Shannon
Lynette Hanson (I-BEST)
Meredith Lynch (I-BEST)

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