State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate - Infants and Toddlers


The State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate - Infants & Toddlers is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills that are essential building blocks in the field of Early Childhood Education. All courses within this certificate are also part of a AAAS degree in Early Childhood Education/Paraeducator.

Completion Award
Certificate of Completion
Length of Study
20 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring
Online, On Campus

  1. Identify, explain and apply appropriate practices that support the growth and development of children who are three years of age and younger
  2. Utilize knowledge of child development to guide decisions regarding interaction with and response to very young children as individuals and in group settings
  3. Respond to children and families with insight regarding cultural diversity and individual variations in development
  4. Work positively with young children and staff in a group setting
  5. Provide a safe and healthy learning environment for young children
  6. Use ethical guidelines and professionals standards related to early childhood practices

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The demand for Child Care Professionals remains strong. Graduates work as child care teachers, Head Start or ECEAP classroom assistants. State child care licensing requires lead teachers have 45 credits in Early Childhood Education; this program meets that requirement.

Potential employers include: Licensed child care centers, child care family homes.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $150.18 $246.87 $337.97 $166.09
5 credits $658.90 $1,142.35 $1,597.85 $738.45
12 credits (full-time) $1,418.96 $2,393.98 $3,312.20 $1,579.76
15 credits $1,592.00 $2,579.20 $3,508.25 $1,755.35

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

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

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