Early childhood education certificates and degrees cover an interdisciplinary array of topics to prepare graduates to work with children, usually from the ages of birth
through around age 8. Courses include opportunities to work with children through specially design practicum and course application components. Students may complete their
work with children in a variety of early learning settings including:
- SFCC/SCC Early Learning Centers
- Head Start/Early Head Start
- Elementary Schools
- Child Care Centers
- Family Child Care Homes
- Before & After School Care
- Student's own place of employment
A background clearance and proof of negative TB test will be required prior to placement with children. This broad exposure to a variety of settings with children, under direct
supervision of a master teacher, is one of the program's strengths.
Depending on your goals, these certificates and degrees could prepare you for a career as an early childhood professional. The SFCC Early childhood education program offers
- Washington State ECED Stackable Certificates (12-47 credits)
- SFCC ECED Certificate (60 credits)
- ECED AAS Degree (90 credits) - A two-year designed to begin or advance your career quickly and conveniently
- ECED AAS-T Degree (90 credits) - A two year degree designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution
- SFCC AAS-T EWU BAE/ECED P-3 Teacher Certification Articulation (95 credits) - A two-year degree designed for transfer to Eastern Washington University to earn a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood which prepares students for the State of Washington P-3 Teacher Certification
- SFCC AAS-T WSU BA Human Development Articulation (90 credits) - A two-year degree designed for transfer to Washington State University to earn a Bachelor's degree in Human Development
- Associate in Arts (AA) degree - includes 15-25 credits of electives in ECED that transfers to four-year schools
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in the seven Critical Work Functions for the Washington State Skill Standards for the Lead Early Childhood Teacher.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in both written and oral communication.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to manage resources relevant to the Early Childhood Education profession.
Disclaimer: It is highly recommended that you successfully clear the Washington State Department of Early
Learning (DEL) background check before completing educational courses in the Early Childhood Education program, as some criminal charges can disqualify you from being allowed
to work with children. Students cannot earn a degree in the ECE program unless they are able to complete ECED courses with field site hours which require direct contact with
children. Per Chapter 170-06 WAC, Washington State law directs DEL to conduct background checks on anyone authorized to care for or have unsupervised access to children in
licensed child care. For more information on background clearance and access to the Background Check Form, please visit: