The Evangelical Lutheran Education Association (ELEA), in partnership with Trinity Lutheran College, offers a 20-credit Certificate in Early Learning designed for working professionals in early childhood education. Courses in the program provide a faith-based perspective on child development, learning environments, curriculum development, and more. Classes are offered both online and on campus.
All courses are taken for college-level credit (not continuing education units) that will appear on a transcript issued by Trinity Lutheran College.
Upon completion of all requirements, students are awarded a Certificate in Early Learning from the ELEA.
Since the time of the Reformation, Lutherans have been avid supporters of education for all persons. Historically, this was demonstrated in the study of faith in both Sunday School and Confirmation. More recently, an emphasis on education has included preschool, kindergarten, elementary and high schools, where faith knowledge and practices are integrated into a holistic education.
The Certificate in Early Learning program is intended to advance the study of early
learning with a faith perspective and is directed specifically at the preschool-aged child.
As a result of this program, certificate students will:
ELEA members receive a significant tuition discount to participate in this program. Tuition is billed per course at the rate of $135 per semester credit, which is competitive with community college rates in Washington. The entire program can be completed for about $2,700.
Please note that Trinity reserves the right to require a minimum number of students to register in order to offer courses.
For more information about the Certificate in Early Learning, contact Heather Ingersoll, Professor & Chair of Early Childhood Education, at 425.249.4720 or Heather.Ingersoll@TLC.edu.