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Associate in Applied Science - Early Childhood Education
Associate in Applied Science-Transfer - Early Childhood Education
Certificate - State Early Childhood Education
Certificate - State Initial Early Childhood Education
Certificate - State Short Early Childhood Education - Administration
Certificate - State Short Early Childhood Education - Family Child Care
Certificate - State Short Early Childhood Education - General
Certificate - State Short Early Childhood Education - Home Visitor/Family Engagement
Certificate - State Short Early Childhood Education - Infant Toddler Care
Certificate - State Short Early Childhood Education - School-Age Care
Spokane Falls Community College
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If you enjoy working with young children and want to nurture their growth and development, a certificate or degree in early childhood education could be a good fit for you.
In this program, you will study the social/emotional, physical/motor, language/literacy, cognitive, and creative development of children from birth through age 8. Courses are also available for teachers of school-age children, ages 5 through 14. The fully online program includes opportunities to work with children through specialized pathways in infant/toddler, family child care, school-age care, administration, and home visitor/family engagement and provides practicums and other on-the job learning opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful in the diverse early care and education field.
Whether you want to become a teacher of young children, own/operate a childcare center or family childcare home, work with school-age children, or as a family support specialist, this program will help provide the professional preparation you need to pursue a career in the education and care of young children and supports further study and transfer opportunities to four-year programs.
Information and how to apply.
SFCC Point of Contact: SFCC.EarlyAchievers@sfcc.spokane.edu
Students will apply specific knowledge and skills in the eight content areas of the Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals.
You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs and goals.
Choose program map:
Early Childhood Ed AAS map
Total Credits: 92
You and your advisor will use the Program Map located on this page to create your own personal education plan, customized to you interests and goals, your starting quarter, your schedule (part-time or full-time), any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.
To see an up-to-date list of required classes for your degree/certificate, click here for AA/AS/DTA degrees
, click here for AFA/AAS degrees and certificates.
It is highly recommended students successfully complete the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) background check BEFORE enrolling in the program’s practicum courses. The DCYF background clearance process may take considerable time to fully complete and there are some criminal charges that can disqualify individuals from being allowed to work with children. Students cannot earn a degree in the ECED program unless they are able to complete ECED courses with practicum hours which require direct contact with children.
Washington State law directs DCYF 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 please visit DCYF’s background check requirements page.
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