Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization, Award of Completion

This award is recognized on the Education Matrix of Washington State’s Department of Early Learning (DEL) as meeting the requirements for the State-awarded Initial ECE Certificate. It also fulfills the federal Head Start mandate for a state-awarded ECE certificate to teach preschool and may be used in lieu of the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) with appropriate experience. This Award of Completion provides the student with a theoretical, historical, philosophical, and practical introduction to the field of early childhood education; prepares the student to care for children in safe, healthy early learning settings; and focuses on the vital importance of warmth, nurturing relationships, and positive communication while educating the Tribes’ youngest children.


Required (13 Credits)

ECED 101Introduction to Early Childhood Education


ECED 114Health, Safety, and Nutrition


ECED 197Practicum I: Expressing Warmth Chld