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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.


Early Achievers Scholarship

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.

  1. Child Growth and Development
  2. Curriculum and Learning Environment
  3. Ongoing Measurement of Child Progress
  4. Families and Community Partnerships
  5. Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  6. Interactions
  7. Program Planning and Development
  8. Professional Development and Leadership

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.

Program Map for Associate in Applied Science - Early Childhood Education

Choose program map:

Total Credits: 92

First Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED 103
College Success
3
ECED& 105
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
5
ECED& 107
Health, Safety, Nutrition
5
ECED& 120
Practicum-Nurturing Relationships
2
Total Credits
 
15
 

Second Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED 133
Practicum: Infant/Toddler Care
2
ECED& 132
Infant/Toddler Care
3
EDUC& 115
Child Development
5
EDUC& 130
Guiding Behavior
3
Total Credits
 
13
 

Third Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED 191
Practicum: Observation and Assessment
2
ECED& 170
Learning Environments
3
ECED& 190
Observation and Assessment
3
Choose one from:
BUS 123
Practical Business Math Applications
5
MATH 87
Algebra for Math Literacy I
5
Choose one from:
ART& 100
Art Appreciation
5
DRMA& 101
Introduction to Theater
5
ENGL& 111
Introduction to Literature
5
ENVS& 101
Intro to Environmental Science
5
GEOL& 101
Intro to Physical Geology
5
MUSC& 105
Music Appreciation
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
PSYC& 200
Lifespan Psychology
5
Total Credits
 
18
 

Fourth Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED& 180
Language and Literacy
3
EDUC& 150
Child, Family, Community
3
EDUC& 204
Exceptional Child
5
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
Total Credits
 
16
 

Fifth Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED 282
Practicum I
5
ECED& 160
Curriculum Development
5
Choose one from:
Art& 100
Art Appreciation
5
ASL& 121
American Sign Language I
5
DRMA& 101
Introduction to Theater
5
ENGL& 111
Introduction to Literature
5
ENVS& 101
Intro to Environmental Science
5
GEOL& 101
Intro to Physical Geology
5
MUSC& 105
Music Appreciation
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Sixth Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED 283
Practicum II
5
Choose one from:
Art& 100
Art Appreciation
5
DRMA& 101
Introduction to Theater
5
ENGL& 111
Introduction to Literature
5
ENVS& 101
Intro to Environmental Science
5
GEOL& 101
Intro to Physical Geology
5
MUSC& 105
Music Appreciation
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
PSYC& 200
Lifespan Psychology
5
Choose one from:
CMST 227
Intercultural Communication
5
CMST& 210
Interpersonal Communication
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

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.

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    9,043
  • Non-Resident

    $
    12,171
  • International

    $
    21,843
  • Max. Books

    $
    942
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
    454
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    1,467

Background Check Requirements

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.

Professional Organizations

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Cathy Meier, PhD, Faculty 

cathy.meier@sfcc.spokane.edu
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Leah Ruiz, Curriculum Advisor
leah.ruiz@sfcc.spokane.edu