The ECE initial certificate exposes teacher assistants to key concepts in developmentally appropriate practices in Early Childhood Education. Students receive knowledge on how children learn in 0-8 age groups and the focus will be on building nurturing relationships with children. Upon completion, students will be placed on level 5 of the Washington State Department of Early Learning Career lattice.
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Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways: describe current and historical theories and ongoing research in early childhood education; demonstrate understanding of child development by developing age appropriate activities and evaluating environments that are appropriate and nurturing for children ages 0-8; discuss the importance of addressing the whole child; observe and document children’s learning behavior in a classroom setting; assist in planning appropriate health, safety, and nutrition practices in programs serving children 0-8; understand the principles of ethical behavior in early childhood settings; demonstrate cultural competence and responsiveness with in and across cultures and provide an inclusive and respectful environment for all children.