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Degrees & Classes

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.

Employment Information

Average annual wage $22,610

Wage potential $25,813 annually

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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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Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • 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.


    Future Offerings
    9/18-11/6M 1:00p-3:00pREAD AMOpenings: 2
  • 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.


    Future Offerings
    9/20-11/8W 1:00p-3:00pREAD AMWaitlisted: 0
  • ECED 134Adult/Child One Year Old Development-Summer1 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on the development of a one-year old child. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and toddlers to do together in class. This course also incorporates a weekly adult discussion, in which the instructor teaches a variety of topics selected by the students and instructor. Topics may include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety. In order to receive credit, students will complete an independent project/assignment appropriate to this course.

    Prerequisite:
  • ECED 135Adult/Child: One Year Old Development - Fall2 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.


    Future Offerings
    9/20-11/22W 9:00a-11:00aMALONE MWaitlisted: 0
  • ECED 136Adult/Child: One Year Old Development - Winter2 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 - Spring2 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 139Adult/Child: Two Year Old Development-Summer1 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on the development of a two-year old child. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and toddlers to do together in class. This course also incorporates a weekly adult discussion, in which the instructor teaches a variety of topics selected by the students and instructor. Topics may include sleep patterns, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety. In order to receive credit, students will complete an independent project/assignment appropriate to this course.

    Prerequisite:
  • ECED 140Adult/Child: Two Year Old Development - Fall2 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.


    Future Offerings
    9/18-11/20M 9:00a-11:30aREAD AMOpenings: 4
    9/19-11/21T 9:00a-11:30aMALONE MOpenings: 4
  • ECED 141Adult/Child: Two Year Old Development - Winter2 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 - Spring2 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 154Adult/Child: Toddler & Preschooler Dev.-Summer1 credits

    Adults and children attend this course together in an instructional program that focuses on early child development and caring for and teaching more than one child. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for adults and children from birth to age five to do together in class. This course also incorporates a weekly adult discussion, in which the instructor teaches a variety of topics selected by the students and instructor. Topics may include child development, language and literacy, play, guidance and discipline, nutrition, and health and safety. In order to receive credit, students will complete an independent project/assignment appropriate to this course.

    Prerequisite:
  • ECED 155Adult/Child: Toddler & Preschooler Dev. - Fall2 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


    Future Offerings
    9/20-11/22W 9:00a-11:30aREAD AMOpenings: 11
    9/19-11/21T 9:15a-11:45aCAMPBELL JOpenings: 11
    9/21-11/30Th 9:00a-11:30aREAD AMOpenings: 11
    9/22-12/8F 9:00a-11:30aREAD AMOpenings: 11
  • ECED 156Adult/Child: Toddler & Preschooler Dev. - Winter2 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. - Spring2 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

  • 2-4 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 161Raising Toddlers and Preschoolers1 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 163Raising School Age Children1 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.


    Future Offerings
    9/26-10/10T 6:00p-8:00pREAD AMOpenings: 15
  • ECED 167Raising Teens1 credits

    The teen years are full of changes for both the adolescent and the parents. This class will explore the brain changes that are occurring that explain some teen behaviors and give strategies to create and maintain a mutually respectful, loving relationship between parents and their teen. Topics discussed will be decided by the group, but may include communication, respectful listening, sexuality, drug use, suicide prevention, bullying, rebellious behaviors, and positive relationships with peers. This class is also appropriate for teachers or other professionals working with teens.

    Prerequisite:
  • 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 online discussions and readings will provide parents with specific, tangible skills to use and a mind-set that allows parents to develop a loving relationship while setting limits and boundaries. Love and Logic is empowering to both parents and kids. In this class, you will learn to parent with empathy and logical consequences. Your children will learn to accept responsibility for their actions and come to understand the quality of their lives depends upon the quality of their thinking and their decision-making. Love and Logic principles can be applied for all ages of children. The class will share examples from toddlers to teens.


    Future Offerings
    11/4Sa 9:00a-4:30pROSE-DUCKWOROpenings: 13
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

Area of Instruction


Child & Family Studies

Contact Info


752-8411
aread@btc.edu
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Background


Profile
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 acut...

    • 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

Area of Instruction


Child & Family Studies

Contact Info


752-8779
cokelsh@btc.edu
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Background


Profile
Carolina Olza-Kelsh has taught parenting education at BTC since 2008. She has a masters degree in early childhood education and a bachelors degree in...

    • Carolina Olza-Kelsh has taught parenting education at BTC since 2008. She has a masters degree in early childhood education and a bachelors degree in International Relations. 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 school age children of her own.


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Michelle Malone

Area of Instruction


Child & Family Studies

Contact Info


MMalone@btc.edu
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Background


Profile
Michelle Malone joined the BTC parenting education team in 2013. She has a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education, a Masters Degree in Geology, and ...

    • 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

Area of Instruction


Contact Info


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Background


Profile
Roxann Rose-Duckworth taught in elementary classrooms for twelve years in New York, Idaho and Washington states. Now she teaches parenting courses at ...

    • 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.