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Early Childhood Education

Students at the Global, Pullman, and Vancouver campuses may pursue a certificate in early childhood education while obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development, another bachelor’s degree, or independent of completion of a bachelor’s degree.┬áThe certificate program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and professional skills to seek employment in a variety of early childhood settings including: child care centers, pre-school settings, Child Protective Services, crisis nurseries, and many others.


  • Work closely with an advisor in the Department of Human Development to take the designated courses to complete a certificate in Early Childhood Education.
  • Complete the courses required for the early childhood specialty certificate including a practicum.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 for the courses required for the certificate in early childhood education.
  • When requirements are completed for both the human development degree and the certificate, the student is awarded with a Certificate in Early Childhood Education. This shows that the student has completed a course of study that focuses on early childhood. (Note: This does not mean the student is state certified.)

**Note: All HD majors are required to take 42 credit hours of Human Development courses.**

Courses Required for the Early Childhood Certificate (25 credit hours)Elective Courses (HD) that Support the Early Childhood CertificateNon-HD Elective Courses that Support the Early Childhood Certificate

HD 220 Human Development Theories 3 Credits
HD 302 Parent-Child Relationships 3 Credits
HD 306 Child Development 3 Credits
HD 341 Guidance in Early Childhood Programs 3 Credits
HD 342 Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs 4 Credits
HD 482 [M] Child Assessment & Evaluation 3 Credits
HD 446 Practicum in Early Childhood Programs 6 Credits
HD 300 Child Maltreatment 3 Credits
HD 301 Family Stress & Coping 3 Credits
Spec Ed 409 Early Childhood Special Education 3 Credits