Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your certificate by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets certificate requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time.
While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the State Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate, you are responsible for fulfilling all certificate requirements.
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Program and Employment Eligibility Requirements
Child care providers are required by the state to meet general qualifications for their position. Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 110-300-0105 outlines pre-service requirements needed prior to working with children. WAC 110-300-0100 outlines the age and education requirements to be hired for positions. WAC 110-300-0106 outlines the training requirements to be a child care provider.
To be eligible for practicum courses in the program students must meet WAC 110-300-0105 pre-service requirements that include a cleared portable background check and a negative FDA-approved TB test. Additionally students must be CPR, first aid, and food handler trained as outlined in WAC 110-300-106.