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Early Learning

Early Learning Certificate

The Early Learning certificate is designed to educate and support individuals in their role as nurturers and caregivers for young children.

The program incorporates positive parenting/teaching skills with a child development knowledge base that promotes developmentally appropriate practices with children & families.

The various early learning/parenting courses offered provide the knowledge and skills that are relevant to people working in early learning settings including home or group settings.

Jobs & Employment

Early Learning providers are in demand. They work in a variety of settings from in the home to public and private settings.

Potential Positions

Childcare provider, child caregiver, Assistant, child care worker attendant, au pair

Courses

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  • Electives
  • Take 8-10 credits from the following coursework towards the certificate:

  • ECED 130Adult/Infant: The Developing Infant2 credits

    Adults and young infants attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on infant development. Adults and young infants interact together in class. Topics include infant development, play, sleep, nutrition, and health and illness and safety.

  • ECED 131Adult/Infant: Approaching Toddlerhood2 credits

    Adults and older infants attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on children’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for the adult and older infants to interact together in class. Topics include child development, play, sleep, weaning, discipline, emerging language, health and illness, and safety.

  • ECED 135Adult/Child: One Year Old Development - Level A2 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on one year old children’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and toddlers to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety.

  • ECED 136Adult/Child: One Year Old Development - Level B2 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on one year old children’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and toddlers to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety.

  • ECED 137Adult/Child: One Year Old Development - Level C2 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on one year old children’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and toddlers to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety.

  • ECED 140Adult/Child: Two Year Old Development - Level A2 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on two year old children’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and toddlers to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety.

  • ECED 141Adult/Child: Two Year Old Development - Level B2 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on two year old children’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and toddlers to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety.

  • ECED 142Adult/Child: Two Year Old Development - Level C2 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on two year old children’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and toddlers to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety.

  • ECED 145Adult/Child: Three & Four Yr. Old Development - Level A3 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on preschooler’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and preschoolers to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety.

  • ECED 146Adult/Child: Three & Four Yr Old Development - Level B3 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on preschooler’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and preschoolers to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety.

  • ECED 147Adult/Child: Three & Four Yr Old Development - Level C3 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on preschooler’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and preschoolers to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety.

  • ECED 150Adult/Child: Four & Five Yr Old Development - Level A2 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on pre-kindergartern children’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and preschoolers to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, health and safety, and school readiness.

  • ECED 151Adult/Child: Four & Five Yr Old Development - Level B2 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on pre-kindergarten children’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and preschoolers to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, health and safety, and school readiness.

  • ECED 152Adult/Child: Four & Five Yr Old Development - Level C2 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on pre-kindergarten children’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and preschoolers to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, health and safety, and school readiness.

  • ECED 155Adult/Child: Toddler & Preschooler Dev. - Level A2 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on caring for and teaching more than one and children’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and children from birth to age five to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety

  • ECED 156Adult/Child: Toddler & Preschooler Dev. - Level B2 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on caring for and teaching more than one and children’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and children from birth to age five to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety

  • ECED 157Adult/Child: Toddler & Preschooler Dev. - Level C2 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on caring for and teaching more than one and children’s development. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and children from birth to age five to do together in class. Topics include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety

  • 2-5 credits of the following can be used towards the certificate:

  • ECED 160Positive Discipline1 credits

    Positive Discipline is an interactive class for parents and teachers who want more cooperative, respectful, and joyful relationships with their children and students. Topics include ways to discipline (teach) with kindness and firmness at the same time, to help children achieve self-discipline and problem solving skills, to create an atmosphere of cooperation, and mutual respect in your home and classroom and to reduce power struggles.

  • ECED 161Early Childhood STEP for Parents & Teachers1 credits

    Early Childhood STEP is an interactive class for parents & teachers to help develop skills to guide and encourage children as they grow. Topics include information on understanding young children and their behavior, building self-esteem, effective communication, cooperation, discipline techniques, and emotional and social development.

  • ECED 162How To Talk So Kids Will Listen1 credits

    How To Talk is an interactive class designed to help parents and teachers of toddlers through teens communicate more effectively with children. During this seven week course, specific topics of communication, cooperation, alternatives to punishment, self-image, and love and respect will be discussed.

  • ECED 163School Age STEP Effective Parenting of School Age Child1 credits

    Being an effective parent is one of the most challenging tasks in life--as well as one of the most rewarding. This course will provide a practical approach to improving parent-child relations for parents of children ages 6-11 years. Participants will learn more effective ways to relate to their child, methods of discipline that develop responsibility in the child, how not to reinforce their child's unacceptable behaviors, and how to encourage cooperative behaviors.

  • ECED 170Love & Logic for Successful Parenting1 credits

    Based on the highly acclaimed Love and Logic philosophy developed by Jim Fay and Foster Cline, this class unlocks the secrets of successful parenting. Participants in this class will learn the specific “how-to’s” of successful parenting, not just theoretical concepts. The discussions and readings will provide parents with specific, tangible skills to use and a mind-set that allows them to develop a loving relationship while setting limits and boundaries.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS12 credits

Program Entry Information

A variety of Adult/Child and Adult-Only Parenting Discussion courses are offered each quarter.

Participants can register for their course of interest. Half scholarships are generally available.

Students are encouraged to take as many different parenting courses as they wish as their child grows and changes.

Some parenting discussion courses are now offered partially or fully online.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Students begin the Program by registering for the certificate courses on a space available basis.

Program Application/Forms

  • Students who complete a combination of 12 credits of early learning/parenting courses can apply for the Early Learning certificate. Students need to complete a minimum of 2 credits in Early Learning discussion courses with a maximum of 10 credits in Adult/Child courses with a study of at least two different age groups. It is anticipated that it will take two-three years for students to complete this certificate.

Program Outcomes

  • Plan safe, healthy environments to invite learning
  • Facilitate steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
  • Create positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development
  • Develop strategies to establish productive relationships with children and families
  • Observe and record children’s behavior
  • Apply principles of child growth and development

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Ann Marie Read


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Ann Marie has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington. She has over 20 years of experience providing nursing care to acutely ill children and adults in both pediatric and adult emergency department settings. She is dedicated to supporting new healthcare workers and enthusiastically brings her professional knowledge to the classroom.



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Carolina Olza-Kelsh


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Carolina Olza-Kelsh has taught parenting education at BTC since 2008. She has a Bachelors degree in International Relations from the University of the Americas in Mexico and is currently working on a masters degree in early childhood education. She has extensive experience working with young children and volunteers regularly in the public schools. Carolina also teaches parenting education at WCC. Carolina strongly believes in partnering with families to support, enhance, and maximize the quality of care parents give their children. She likes to incorporate her bilingual and multicultural background in her classes. Carolina has two young children of her own.



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Michelle Malone


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Michelle Malone joined the BTC parenting education team in 2013. She has a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education, a Masters Degree in Geology, and is pursuing certification in Parenting Education. She has worked and volunteered in a variety of early childhood, elementary, secondary, and adult education settings, including working with students with special needs and English Language Learners. Her parenting philosophy focuses on building strong parent-child relationships with empathy, compassion, and positive discipline techniques. Michelle is a mother of two young children.



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Roxanne Rose-Duckworth


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Roxann Rose-Duckworth taught in elementary classrooms for twelve years in New York, Idaho and Washington states. Now she teaches parenting courses at Bellingham Technical College and Rebound of Whatcom County as well as a wide array of education courses at Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College and Skagit Valley College. Roxann has found much success using the Love and Logic principles in parenting and in classrooms. In 1996, the Walt Disney's American Teacher Awards honored Roxann as one of three exemplary general elementary teachers. Roxann has worked as an educational consultant to the Disney Company and various school districts. She is the author of two books, one that focuses on helping teachers increase their students' independence. Roxann lives in Bellingham with her husband and son.