Train to work with exceptional children and those with special needs ages 0-8 in a variety of social and educational agencies. Learn strategies for fostering healthy social, emotional and intellectual development.

Completion Award
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences
Length of Study
90 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus
Tuition & Fees

College Tuition & Fees

Per Quarter 
Residents Non-resident
Online Only
On Campus
1 credit $152.13 $166.72 $243.46  $330.00
5 credits $624.65 $697.60 $1,081.30  $1,514.00
12 credits (full-time) $1,331.78 $1,523.22 $2,252.72  $3,124.98
15 credits  $1,493.30 $1,687.05 $2,425.70 $3,308.25

 *Amounts above are estimated tuition & fee costs and do not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs. 

Additional Fees
Approximately $20 - $120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

What You'll Learn

  1. Observe, document and assess the behaviors and development of young children in partnership with parents and others to positively influence the development of young children
  2. Use a variety of approaches and strategies to provide rich experiences for young children
  3. Plan and implement curriculum that supports emerging language and literacy, intellectual curiosity, emotional and social development and physical development of young children
  4. Utilize knowledge of child development to guide decisions regarding interaction with and response to young children as individuals and in group settings
  5. Respond to children and families with insight regarding cultural diversity and individual variations in development
  6. Work positively with young children and staff in a group setting
  7. Provide a safe and healthy learning environment for young children
  8. Use ethical guidelines and professional standards related to early childhood practice
  9. Work appropriately with exceptional children and those with special needs

Careers & Opportunities

Teacher and teacher assistant positions working with children aged eight and under in licensed child care centers and homes, Head Start and State Preschools are in high demand. With this certificate, the student will have credentials for teaching assistant positions, and often lead teacher and administrator positions in licensed child care facilities, Head Start/ECEAP programs and some paraeductaor positions in public schools in the State of Washington. This certificate further provides a focus on knowledge and skills related to working with exceptional children and those with special needs.

Potential employers include: Licensed Child Care Centers, child care family homes, Head Start/ECEAP, NAEYC accredited child care, public schools.